Another alarming outbreak of salmonella, that has killed one person in California and sickened at least 76 others in 26 states since March, has lead meat giant Cargill Inc. to recall 36 million pounds of ground turkey. It is one of the largest meat recalls ever, according to the Agriculture Department.
Cargill has halted the output of ground turkey at the company's Springdale, Arkansas plant due to possible contamination from the strain of salmonella and is recalling fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company's Springdale plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2.
All of the packages recalled include the code “Est. P-963” on the label, according to the company. Complete list of recalled ground turkey products was released by the meat giant. The listed products labeled with “Use or Freeze By” dates of Feb. 20 through Aug. 23 are eligible for a refund. Fresh ground turkey breasts is not included in the recall.
Looking at the history of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S., Americans have long suffered from the drug-resistant salmonella. The culprit of the top five deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks that caused more than 2,000 Americans fall into sickness or death has been salmonellosis.
The most common symptoms of salmonella poisoning are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting. The infection can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, when consuming contaminated food.
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