Ground turkey recalled after California man dies

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Ground turkey recalled after California man dies
LOS ANGELES, CA (BDCi) –Food producer Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey linked to a national salmonella outbreak of antibiotic resistant linked to the death of a California man.
A California Department of Public Health spokesman said that the death was one of two cases of the illness reported in Sacramento County.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside and San Diego counties have each reported one case of the salmonella strain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert last week for frozen or fresh ground turkey, advising consumers to cook the meat until it reaches 165 Fahrenheit (74 Celsius) on a food thermometer.
Twenty-six states across the U.S. have reported 77 cases of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg between 1 March and 1 August, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said earlier this week.
The source of the outbreak has not been identified, but health officials suspect contaminated ground turkey. It is being called one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history. The meat has been labeled and sold under a number of different brands.
Most people infected with Salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Illness usually lasts four days to one week and most people recover without treatment.

In some cases, individuals develop severe diarrhea that requires hospitalization. The infection may also spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and into other parts of the body and can cause death without prompt treatment with antibiotics.

Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.

The CDC estimates that one in six people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food each year. Food-borne illness is blamed for about 3,000 deaths annually.

Here a list of recalled Cargill Ground Turkey Products:
· 10 lbs. Chubs of Honeysuckle White Fresh Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
· 10 lbs. Chubs of Unbranded Ground Turkey w/ Natural Flavoring 2 Pack
· 80 oz. (5 lbs.) chubs of Riverside Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
· 10 lb. Chub of Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
· 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh Lean HEB Ground Turkey 93/7
· 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15
· 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
· 4-1 Pound Packages of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring Value Pack
· 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey
· 48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey

By Janete Weinstein
Source: BBC & KTLA
Photo by: The Citizen Gazette
August 4, 2011
11:04 a.m. PDT

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