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USDA announces recall of ground turkey from Cargill Meat Solutions


The United States Department of Agriculture’s food safety division announced Sunday that they were recalling roughly 185,000 pounds of Cargill Value Added Meats Retail turkey meat. The product could be contaminated with salmonella, a deadly food poison that can thrive in raw meat.

The recall comes after the USDA did an inspection of one of Cargill’s plants, discovering low levels of salmonella poising.

The strain of salmonella suspected to be in the Cargill turkey is salmonella Heidelberg. Salmonella Heidelberg is probably the second most common form of salmonella found in humans and has shown increasing resistance to drugs over the years. Salmonella Heidelberg can also be found in horses.

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Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include severe dehydration, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and/or vomiting. The infected person will generally run a fever between 100 and 102 degrees. While the diarrhea only lasts up to three days, many people report feeling fatigued and ill for up to a week. In some cases, salmonella can be fatal. The incubation period for the disease is anywhere from six to 72 hours after exposure to it, meaning that it will be anywhere from six to 72 hours after exposure before a person gets sick.

This particular strain of salmonella is antibiotic-resistant, meaning it could lead to death. Those with compromised immune systems, such as pregnant women, the elderly, HIV positive patients, chemotherapy patients and small children and infants are at a must higher risk than the normal population and should return any possibly affected turkey as soon as possible.

The strain of salmonella was found at the company’s Springdale, AR plant, which was also responsible for a 36-million pound recall of ground turkey last month. The larger recall was found to have the same strain of salmonella that has been found in the meat in the current recall.

The USDA released the information on the recall Sunday also, noting that the affected meat has establishment number P-963 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The turkey that was affected was packaged on August 23 and 24 and August 30 and 31 of this year. Full refunds will be given to customers who return the meat to the store where they bought it. For more information about the ground turkey recall from Cargill, call 1-888-812-1646.