Popular Protein Recalled for Life-Threatening Reason After Five People Sickened

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March 14, 2019Mar 14, 2019

There's been another meat recall. This time, the FDA is recalling approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may have been contaminated with Salmonella, according to ABC News.

A possible contamination was discovered while investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses involving five patients in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Four of the patients lived in the same Wisconsin residence. At the home, officials collected three Butterball ground turkey samples that tested positive for the bacteria.

A Minnesota resident also tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella. The person reported eating ground turkey, although the brand is unknown.

According to Butterball’s site, the ground turkey in question has a use- or sell-by date of July 26, 2018. It was shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

“Because these products were packaged nine months ago, it is highly unlikely any of the product will be found in retail stores, but it is possible that consumers may have product in their freezers,” Butterball spokesperson Christa Leupen told ABC News.

Health officials are warning anyone who may have Butterball ground turkey in their freezer to check the date and discard any products that may be included in the recall.

The products subject to recall include:

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

The USDA is calling this a Class I recall, defined on the website as a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Consumption of food containing Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, with symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and lasting four to seven days.

Check your freezers! You don't want your family to eat this.

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