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Butterball Recalls Ground Turkey For Salmonella

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March 14, 2019 -- Butterball is recalling more than 78,000 pounds of ground turkey because it may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Kroger and Food Lion are among the stores that carried the ground turkey. It was shipped to institutional and retail locations across the country.

The USDA discovered the problem while investigating an outbreak of five cases of Salmonella  Schwarzengrund across two states, including Wisconsin.

The prepackaged turkey was produced on July 7, 2018.

The recall includes the following products:

  • 48-ounce 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 on the label
  • 48-ounce 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 on the label
  • 16-ounce 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 on the label
  • 16-ounce 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 on the label
  • 48-ounce 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 on the label.
  • 48-ounce 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 on the label.

The products also include establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

If you have any of the ground turkey in your freezer, do not eat it. Either throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.

Eating food contaminated with salmonella can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever in 12 to 72 hours. Most people recover without treatment, but some may need to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to become sicker.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Consumers also can access the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System 24 hours a day at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

WebMD Article Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on March 14, 2019

Sources

USDA: “Butterball LLC Recalls Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Schwarzengrund Contamination.”

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