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Turkey recall hoax confuses consumers

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Instead of cooking and enjoying their holiday turkeys, many consumers are now worried the centerpiece of their meals is being recalled. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has confirmed that the recall rumors are a hoax. Currently, it does not list any turkeys as dangerous for consumption.


Several rumors are being spread online about turkeys this season, but consumers should ignore them. The official USDA Food Safety Twitter account reminds people that real recalls would be posted on its website. It notes that the posts about a nationwide recall are false, so it is safe to eat the turkey on Thanksgiving. Several variations of the rumors have appeared including avian flu and Ebola virus turkey hoaxes.

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Food hoaxes occasionally spread through social media, so consumers need to be prepared by verifying the information before panicking. The USDA and FSIS would alert the public about a legitimate recall. It is important to check the source of the recall message to make sure it is not a satire news website or fake social media meme.

Although you do not have to worry about Ebola or the flu affecting your turkeys this year, you can still get sick if you do not follow proper safety procedures in the kitchen. The Food Safety and Inspection Service does not recommend washing the turkey before preparation because this can spread bacteria around the kitchen. It also discourages consumers from thawing the turkey for too long. Instead, the FSIS suggests that you use the microwave, refrigerator or cold water. Once you are ready to cook, the turkey should reach a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be safe. The United States Department of Agriculture urges consumers not to leave stuffing inside the finished turkey and to store it separately as leftovers.

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