Jennie-O Turkey recently announced a recall of over 91,000 pounds of raw turkey in a recent outbreak of salmonella that has hit the U.S. The recalled turkey is all ground turkey, which is not typically eaten on Thanksgiving, but salmonella has been found in other turkeys as well.
The recall is tied to an outbreak that is widespread according to the Department of Agriculture. So far this year, one person has been killed and 164 illnesses have been reported, with about half of those who were ill being hospitalized. In addition to the salmonella detected in ground turkey, it has been found in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, which regulators say is an indication that the bacteria is widespread in the turkey industry.
Experts have some advice about how to keep your Thanksgiving turkey safe from salmonella. First, it should be thawed in the refrigerator, not on the countertop. After handling raw turkey, people must wash their hands. The turkey should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, which should kill this strain of salmonella. Leftovers must also be reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and a food thermometer should be used. Finally, raw poultry should not be washed before cooking, since this can spread germs. Anything that has come into contact with the raw turkey should be thoroughly washed.
If you or a loved one has become seriously ill from eating contaminated food, you may wish to speak with an attorney. If you’re in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.