The strain is present in live turkeys as well as numerous raw turkey products, including food for humans and pets, which the CDC notes could mean the strain is widespread throughout the entire turkey industry.
Amid an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey, Jennie-O Turkey has has issued a recall for a specific line of its ground turkey products.
Federal Food Safety inspectors say the outbreak involves more than 160 patients in 35 states.
At least 74 cases of salmonella, including one death, have been linked to raw turkey products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other companies may also be recalled.
Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties.
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The products that have been recalled were produced on September 11 and have a "use by" date of October 1 or October 2, but the Food Safety and Inspection Service arm of the USDA is concerned about meat frozen by buyers. "15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018. "Most people get diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever".
One concern is that consumers may have contaminated products in their freezers. Most people infected with the bacteria recover within a week without treatment, but serious cases may require hospitalizations for invasive infections, such as meningitis and bloodstream infections. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.
Regulators did not say how many people were exposed to Jennie-O products.
Jennie-O Turkey Store president, Steve Lykken, said in a statement that the company was told by government agencies the strain was found in 29 different manufacturing plants used by 19 different companies. In February, a pet food manufacturer in Minneapolis, Raw for Paws, recalled about 4,000 pounds of its ground turkey pet food after two children became sick after the pet food was fed to pets in their home.
However, Consumer Reports said it is not looking for people to go "cold turkey" on the popular Thanksgiving poultry so long as people are careful cooking and handling the turkeys.