Jennie-O products recalled after one death linked to salmonella outbreak

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The turkey products were shipped nationwide.

Jennie-O is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of ground turkey that may be linked to a salmonella outbreak. There's been one reported death, in California, linked to tainted turkey.

"Providing this information would allow some consumers to avoid turkey products more likely to be contaminated with risky salmonella", said the Safe Food Coalition, which includes several consumer groups including Consumer Reports and the Consumer Federation of America.

The agency noted that its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) unit was "continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled".

The one-pound packages of ground turkey affected include two varieties of plain ground turkey, 85 percent lean and 93 percent lean, as well as packages labeled either taco or Italian seasoned. "7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.

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The CDC announced the outbreak in July, but more people have gotten sick, bringing the total to 164 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".

The samples used in the USDA's test came from a September 11, 2018, production. The agency says it has to be able to tie a specific product to illnesses before it can prompt a recall. According to the USDA recall alert, the illness lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Instead, the USDA says consumers should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

Until the contaminated brands of turkey have been identified - or in the longer term, the Food and Drug Administration takes action to protect the public's health by stopping unnecessary use of antibiotics in farm animals - here's how to reduce your risk of infection.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume raw poultry product that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F.

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