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Butterball Recalls 78,000 Lbs. of Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Butterball Recalls 78,000 Lbs. of Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butterball announced a recall of their turkey products due to possible Salmonella Schwarzengrund contamination.

Butterball LLC, a Mount Olive, N.C. establishment is recalling around 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recalled products were distributed to both institutional and retail locations nationwide. The products which bear the establishment  “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. These are all pre packaged raw ground turkey that was produced on July 7, 2018.

Recalled Products

  • 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.
  • 48-oz. 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 represented on the label.

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund illnesses involving 5 case patients from 2 states caused an investigation into the source of the contamination. The discovery was made by FSIS and public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Wisconsin collected three intact Butterball brand ground turkey samples from a residence where four of the case-patients live. The case-patients and ground turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund isolates are closely related, genetically.

Symptoms

Those who consume food that is contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis. Salmonellosis is one of the most common foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fewer within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. Most people recover without treatment with the illness lasting 4 to 7 days. Diarrhea can become severe that a patient may need to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

Return Information

Some products may be frozen and still inside consumers freezers. Consumers should not consume the affected products. Products can be disposed of or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS 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 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. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization