Jennie-O recalling 90000 pounds of ground turkey due to salmonella risk

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1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.

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.

As the investigation continues health officials are surveying everyone who became infected to get a better idea of what they ate, when and where they purchased the turkey.

The recalled items include one-pound packages of four different Jennie-O ground turkey products that were produced September 11 and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

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Health officials say the investigation has been complex because the strain has been identified in a wide range of products, and investigators have been interviewing sick people to trace it back to a single source.

The main symptoms of the infection are fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and others. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

"The USDA should immediately make public which turkey producers, suppliers, and brands are involved in this outbreak - especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner", Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumer Reports, said in a news release statement. It has been suggested cooking the food items thoroughly at a high temperature.

These instances of salmonella poisoning killed one person in California and sent sixty-three to the hospital, according to the CDC. You can't see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness.

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Ahead of Thanksgiving, and any other night you're planning on cooking a turkey, do not forget to thoroughly wash your hands. Salmonella is prevalent and can be present in raw meat and poultry and in live poultry - no raw meat or poultry is sterile.

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Jennie-O at 1-800-621-3505 from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Follow FSIS on Twitter at twitter.com/usdafoodsafety or in Spanish at: twitter.com/usdafoodsafe_es. Of those, 63 were hospitalized and there was one reported death.

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