Ground Turkey Recall

August 2, 2011 by USA Post 

Ground Turkey RecallGround Turkey Recall, Federal authorities say one person has died of salmonella poisoning that appears to be linked to consumption of ground turkey, but the government is still investigating who produced meat and has not started a withdrawal.

Seventy-six people in 26 states, including Wisconsin, have become sick of the same strain of the disease. The CDC did not say where the deceased became ill and released no details about the death.

The three residents of Wisconsin with salmonella poisoning related to the nationwide outbreak has been recovered, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said. The two adults and a baby living in the counties of Dane, Kenosha and Milwaukee. One of the three was hospitalized. They were sick from April to early June.

Nationally, the date of the disease in March, and the CDC, said Monday that the cultures of minced turkey meat from four outlets between March 7 and June 27 showed contamination with salmonella, but which are not specifically related diseases. The agency said preliminary information showed that three of the samples have been linked to the very creation production, but not the retailers or manufacturers.

The Department of Agriculture oversees the safety of meat and the body would be to announce retirement. The department sent an alert about the disease last week telling consumers to cook the turkey properly, which can decrease the chance of salmonella poisoning. But the department has not given warnings to consumers about the source of contaminated meat.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “has not been linked to these diseases in a particular brand, product or establishment, and therefore has not issued a recall,” said spokesman Brian Mabry Tuesday. “We are continuing to investigate this situation.”

The CDC said that he and the USDA were “working hard to identify the specific product or contaminated products that are causing disease and update the public on the progress of this investigation as information becomes available.”

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Food safety attorney Bill Marler, a lawyer who has represented victims of the largest outbreaks of foodborne nation, said he believes that the three positive samples should lead to a withdrawal.

“Consumers have no idea what to do, except you do not eat ground turkey,” he said.

Diseases spread throughout the country. The states with the largest number were sickened in Michigan and Ohio, each of 10 diseases, while nine of the diseases were reported in Texas. Illinois had seven, six in California and Pennsylvania for five years.

Other states have between one and three reported illnesses associated with the outbreak, according to CDC: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

A chart on the CDC website shows the cases have occurred every month since early March, with peaks in May and early June. The last cases were reported in mid-July, although the CDC said some recent cases have not been published.

University of Pennsylvania bioethicist, said Art Caplan the government’s handling of the epidemic raises ethical questions about why the public was not noticed before.

“We must protect public health That is his first and primary value -.. No industry, no other objective they have to realize how fast they think there is reasonable evidence for concern,” said Caplan.

He said the uncertainty about the source of the outbreak may explain the long silence, but added that “the moral obligation is to fulfill the word as soon as there is evidence of a problem.”

CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said Tuesday that it may take three to four weeks to confirm a case. The identification of an outbreak can last much more than when cases of foodborne diseases occur sporadically, in several states, as has happened in the current outbreak, he said.

Russell said the CDC is not advising the public to avoid eating ground turkey, but urge people to cook properly.

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The CDC estimates that 50 million Americans each year get sick from food poisoning, including about 3,000 who die. Salmonella causes most of these cases and federal health officials say they have made virtually no progress against them.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It is life threatening some with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella infections can last about a week and often require no treatment other than drinking lots of water and other liquids. Sometimes antibiotics are used when the infection spreads from the intestines. The CDC says some Salmonella bacteria have become resistant to drugs due to the antibiotics used to promote livestock growth.

A major outbreak last year involved eggs contaminated with salmonella that may have sickened as many as 56,000. About 2,000 diseases were reported, but the CDC estimates that only a fraction of the diseases occur in most outbreaks.

In April, Jennie-O Turkey Store, a division of Hormel recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of frozen, uncooked turkey burger with an outbreak of a different strain of salmonella. The CDC said that after 12 people were sickened in 10 states.

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