The August 3 Class I recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey produced by Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.’s Springdale, Arkansas plant includes ground turkey products possibly sold in central New York’s Walmart Supercenters, Aldi supermarkets and other grocery outlets.
Update: August 4 – CNY Price Chopper stores join national ground turkey recall
Syracuse readers who suspect they may have purchased some of the nationally recalled Cargill ground turkey products should check the package for the establishment number P-963 inside the USDA mark of inspection. Consumers should returen the unopened packages of recalled turkey products to the store where purchased for a refund.
Cargill produces bulk frozen ground turkey in 1 lb, 3 lb. and 10 lb. packages, fresh turkey burgers and fresh tray-packs of 85% and 93% bulk ground turkey. Cargill products are packaged for sale under the following brands:
- Fit & Active®
- Giant Eagle
- Honeysuckle White
- Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
- Shady Brook Farms
Cargil ground turkey products are also sold in unbranded store label packages.
Recalled products have use-by-or-freeze-date ranges from February, 2011 through 8/23/2011. Walmart has published a full list of recalled Cargill ground turkey products, which is available on the chain’s recall website. Aldi has not yet issued a recall for any Fit & Active® ground turkey products. The 19.2 oz., 1.2 lb. trays of Fit & Active Lean 93% Ground Turkey are listed under products available at Aldi stores, and have been available for sale in Syracuse stores in Camillus and East Syracuse. On August 4, Price Chopper recalled the 1 lb., 4 pack Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers.
Some other central New York supermarket chains may also sell Shady Brook Farms ground turkey burgers. According to the recall announcement on the Shady Brook Farms website, the 1 lb. packages of fresh ground turkey burgers (patties) with certain use-or-freeze-by dates are the only possibly contaminated products. Syracuse Food is attempting to confirm whether Shady Brook Farms ground turkey patties were sold in local supermarkets.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in an August 3, 2011 news release that an on-going investigation indicates Cargill’s ground turkey products may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.
This recall follows FSIS’s July 29 Public Health Alert. In that alert, FSIS noted that the CDC had recorded 77 reported cases of illness caused by Salmonella Heidelberg in 26 states since March 1, 2011. The FSIS investigation has traced the cases back to ground turkey products produced by Cargill and distributed nationwide. According to the CDC report (see map), two patients in New York have reported symptoms since the outbreak began. One of six California patients has died, and 22 patients across several states have been hospitalized.
According to the USDA website, USDA Class I recall is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” The USDA information continues, “Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
“The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg which is contaminating the recalled ground turkey is resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC, affected state public health partners, and the company on the investigation.”
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