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Meat processing giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a salmonella outbreak that caused at least 76 illnesses and one death
Cargill said Wednesday that it is recalling fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company's Springdale, Ark., plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2 due to possible contamination from the strain of salmonella linked to the illnesses. Company officials said that all ground turkey production has been suspended at the plant until the company is able to determine the source of the outbreak.
"Given our concern for what has happened, and our desire to do what is right for our consumers and customers, we are voluntarily removing our ground turkey products from the marketplace," said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill's turkey processing business.
Elizabeth Pash, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, said because turkey is a processed meat, its exposure to bacteria and contamination from air or processing machinery is increased. Pash said when battling food-borne illness, “You can’t go by smell, you can’t go by look. It’s all internal. It’s bacteria that is invisible to the human eye.”
Salmonella is the most common bacterial form of food poisoning. Symptoms of salmonella are typically severe and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.