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Salmonella prompts recall of US turkey products

Jennie-O Turkey Store, a Willmar, Minnesota establishment, is recalling approximately 54 960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

As FSIS continues its investigation of illnesses related to this recall, additional raw turkey products may be recalled. As a result, FSIS is alerting consumers to take extra care when preparing all raw turkey products.

The products subject to recall include 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store "All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat." Each box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers.

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services notified FSIS of a patient diagnosed with salmonellosis caused by Salmonella [enterica] serotype Hadar. The investigation expanded to include 12 people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin who also have been diagnosed with S. Hadar infection, with illnesses occurring between December 2010 and March 2011.

Working in conjunction with the CDC and state public health partners, FSIS determined that 3 of the patients in Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin specifically reported eating this product prior to illness onset and hospitalisation; the last of these illnesses was reported on 14 Mar 2011.

Source: FSIS

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