Jennie-O Turkey Salmonella Outbreak In 35 States Serves As Yet Another Reminder Why You Should Choose Compassion On Your Plate This Thanksgiving

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As Thanksgiving approaches and people look forward to their holiday feast, there are even more reasons that they should opt for one that does not include the killing of 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving alone.

Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared another warning of a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products. The updated information can be found HERE.

The organization explained that on November 15, 2018, Jennie-O Turkey, in Barron, Wisconsin, recalled approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products. It advised consumers “to not eat, sell, or serve recalled Jennie-O brand ground turkey products.”

Health investigators have since added a fifth item to the nationwide recall of Jennie-O Turkeys. This now raises the amount of recalled turkey to more than 147,000 pounds, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Inspection Service (FSISCBS MoneyWatch.

Why take a chance on eating turkey, period?

As posted on its website, the CDC, FSIS, and state public health and agriculture partners, have been working together on an illness cluster involving 164 case-patients in 35 states.

Patients have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different stores, handling raw turkey pet food and or raw turkey, or working with live turkeys or living with someone who handled live turkeys.

As per the CDC, people infected with Salmonella developed diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts between four to seven days.

In some cases that require hospitalization, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other areas of the body. In severe cases where the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics, Salmonella can cause death.

The states of Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin are among those with a growing list of stores that reportedly received the recalled turkey products.

The affected products may also have been for sale in many other states where they were shipped as well including: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah, according to Jennie-O Turkey, owned by Hormel Foods.

“The turkey industry has been working together for many years to reduce Salmonella. Despite these efforts, this particular Salmonella strain can be found in 29 different manufacturing plants from 19 different companies, according to government agencies,” Steve Lykken, President of Jennie-O Turkey said in a statement, explaining the company’s “concern” on its website.

The CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year.

#ChooseCompassionOnYourPlate This Thanksgiving! 

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