Recall: Ground Turkey

More than than 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products is being recalled due to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Schwarzengrund.This product was distributed in Wisconsin! Product distributed to emergency feeding networks may be impacted. Butterball-brand and Kroger-branded ground turkey with a ‘best if used by’ date of 7/26/2018 is the target of the recall. This product may be in consumer’s freezers.

There are six confirmed patients from three states who are infected. The patients live in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Carolina. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that some product(s) may be frozen and still  in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have these products in their freezer are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Wisconsin’s agriculture department collected three intact Butterball brand ground turkey samples from a residence where four of the infected people live. Salmonella isolates identified by laboratory testing in the case patients and turkey samples are genetically related, suggesting a common source of illness.

Products subject to this recall are:

  • 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.

Recommendations for turkey safety. The Centers for Disease Control posted tips for consumers with the outbreak announcement:

  • Don’t eat raw or undercooked turkey. Cook turkey burgers and mixtures such as casseroles to 165 degrees F. Use a food thermometer to make sure poultry and meat have reached a safe internal temperature. You can’t tell whether food is safely cooked by looking at it
  •  Wash hands and items that came into contact with raw turkey or other poultry and meat —including countertops, utensils, dishes, and cutting boards — with soap and water.
  • Keep raw meats cold, 40 degrees ro below.
  • Keep raw meats separate from cooked and ready-to-eat foods.

Stay food-safe. Barb