Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Plagues Thanksgiving Turkeys in 35 States!
It is almost Thanksgiving! Time for Turkey Dinner!
Thanksgiving is almost here and people are getting their turkey and trimmings ready for the traditional family dinner. You need to be aware of the correct food safety recommendations from the CDC for preparing your turkey. On the whole, keep your holiday a safe and enjoyable time for all.
The CDC issued a new warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey after 164 people were reported ill and, tragically, one died. At the present time, there are no single suppliers or brands that have been identified.
However, the CDC is not advising consumers to stop buying a turkey and is not preventing stores from selling it, instead, they are advising consumers to take a few steps to prevent food poisoning and stay healthy.
So far, there are 35 states reporting illnesses in this outbreak:
The states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Is this a recall?
No. There is no recall on any turkey product at this time. They are still investigating sources and suppliers to possibly determine a single common supplier.
Here are food safety recommendations:
- Always wash your hands and any food preparation surfaces and utensils to avoid cross-contamination.
- Always cook your turkey thoroughly, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Rather than take a chance on not achieving the proper temperature, use a meat thermometer to test temperature in the thickest part of the bird.
Washing your turkey:
- Don’t spread germs from raw turkey around food preparation areas. Do not wash your raw turkey before prepping, this just spreads the germs around.
- Thaw your turkey in the fridge, or use cold water that’s changed every 30 minutes, or by defrosting it in a microwave. Never leave your turkey out on the counter to thaw.
Should pets be fed raw turkey?
No. The CDC does not recommend feeding your pets raw turkey because it could contain germs like salmonella that can make them sick. Unfortunately, pet owners can also get sick from handling food or caring for their pet.
What are Salmonella Symptoms?
People infected with salmonella will typically develop symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever. Consequently, these symptoms can take 12 to 72 hours to appear after exposure to the germ. In healthy people, the illness typically lasts about four to seven days. In some cases, diarrhea can be severe enough to require antibiotics and a hospital stay.
Salmonella can be severe or life-threatening for young children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems.
In this case, this strain of Salmonella is resistant to a handful of antibiotics and can be difficult to treat.