With Thanksgiving around the corner, another turkey recall has been announced.
The recall affects four different types of Jennie-O turkey: Taco Seasoned, Italian Seasoned, 85% Lean, and 93% Lean. One person died in California and 63 people have gone to the hospital, CNN reported.
In a new update to its ongoing report, the CDC reveals that a further 74 confirmed cases of salmonella have now been added to the case, bringing the total number of infections to 164 spanning 35 states.
That outbreak began in November a year ago.
Regulators did not say how many people were exposed to Jennie-O products. The CDC also reported at the time that the multi-drug resistant strain of salmonella had been identified in samples from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys. Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
"When you are coming up on a major holiday where you know consumers are likely to consume the food in question, we think the agency has an obligation to give consumers whatever information it does have", said Laura MacCleery, policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. More than 60 people have been hospitalized, and there has been one death attributed to the outbreak. Health-care providers should order specific tests for patients to make sure they are treated with the appropriate antibiotic.
Before Thanksgiving meal preparation gets under way, it can't hurt to brush up on proper raw turkey handling techniques.
The US Department of Agriculture and the CDC have been working with the industry, asking what steps could be taken to reduce this kind of contamination, and the investigation is ongoing.
They said additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. Minnesota has the most cases at 16.
"If FSIS had the ability to identify the source of this Salmonella strain, then the agency would immediately recall the items", the agency stated. But while you're making plans to whip up the most impressive turkey dish you can muster, remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still working on a almost year-long investigation into a turkey salmonella outbreak that has already claimed at least one life and left over 150 sick.