The Jennie-O ground turkey recall: what you need to know

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FAIRBAULT, MN (WLNS)  — Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Monday that they’re expanding a November recall for Jennie-O raw, ground turkey products.

The government website says the items were produced October 22, 2018 and October 23, 2018. If you eat any of these products you could be subjected to salmonella poisoning.

This action is an expansion of an earlier recall issued in November. The newly-recalled products were produced at a Minnesota facility and have markings saying to use or freeze by Nov. 12 or 13. The FSIS is concerned that some products may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. The agency says these products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The Associated Press reports the additional quantities were shipped to retail locations across the country, including stores in Michigan. The products bear establishment number “EST. P-579” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the side of the tray. 

The following items are part of the recall:  [View Labels (PDF only)] 

  • 3-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use or freeze by” dates of 11/12/18 and 11/13/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use or freeze by” dates of 11/12/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with “Use or freeze by” dates of 11/12/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with “Use or freeze by” dates of 11/12/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 3-lb. packages of “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use or freeze by” date of 11/13/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 2.5-lb. packages of “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with a “Use or freeze by” date of 11/13/18 on the side of the trays. 
  • 3-lb. packages of “STATER BROS. 85% LEAN | 15% FAT ALL NATURAL Ground Turkey” with a “Use or freeze by” date of 11/12/18 on the side of the trays. 

This investigation is part of a larger effort involving FSIS, the CDC, and state public health and agriculture partners, who have been working together on an illness cluster involving 216 case-patients in 38 states and the District of Columbia.  

The Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. The most common symptoms  are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.  

Officials say most people recover without treatment. However, older adults, infants, and people with weak immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. 

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