Recall: 91,000 Pounds of Contaminated Turkey Sold Nationwide Connected to Deadly Outbreak

November 16, 2018Nov 16, 2018

Things aren't looking so great for the Thanksgiving turkey. The day after the news broke that 164 people have sickened and another person has died after eating turkey, there's a massive recall.

Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey which they believe may be contaminated with the salmonella outbreak. Regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues, reported CNBC.

This is the first recall connected to the sickness. Regulators did not say how many of the people who were sick had been exposed to Jennie-O products.

The products being recalled include 1-pound packages of raw, ground Jennie-O turkey. The more than 91,0000 pounds of turkey was sold nationwide.

The turkey had use-by dates of early October, and it may still be in people's freezers. Regulators say it should be thrown away.

"Jennie-O's parent company, Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods, said in a statement that government agencies have found the strain in the outbreak in 29 manufacturing plants from 19 companies," added CNBC.

With Thanksgiving approaching, the FDA reminds people to always handle poultry properly and cook it thoroughly to kill any possible salmonella.

Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.