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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ground Turkey Product Recall

Cargill, which produces ground turkey under many names including Honeysuckle White, Shady Brook Farms, Aldi Fit & Active, and more, is recalling 36 million lbs. of meat with the product code Est. P-963.

Salmonella is a bacteria that is responsible for a large number of food-borne illnesses. Typically, the bacteria is found in meat, poultry, eggs and milk states the World Health Organization. Chicken products become contaminated with the bacteria during slaughter when fecal matter, which contains salmonella, makes its way onto the items before packaging. Thoroughly cooking chicken products and practicing safe handling techniques can reduce the risk of salmonellosis, or salmonella infection. 

The most common symptoms of a salmonella infection are known collectively as gastroenteritis. The symptoms of gastroenteritis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains and blood in the stools. In some cases, the diarrhea can cause severe dehydration, requiring hospitalization, intravenous fluids, anti-nausea medications and antibiotics. In more severe cases, the infection may spread from the intestines to the brain and spine, known as meningitis, or the bloodstream, known as sepsis.

For the complete list of products being recalled, click here

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