The recall comes as 52 new illnesses associated with the salmonella outbreak were announced. In total, 216 people in 38 states have been sickened since the CDC began tracking in November 2017. Eighty-four people have been hospitalized and one person has died, the agency reports.
The outbreak strain of salmonella “is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry,” the CDC said.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps; the illness can last 7 days, according to the CDC. Severe salmonella can lead to hospitalization or death, especially in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
The CDC advises consumers to handle raw raw turkey carefully as “raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick.” Turkey should be throughly cooked before eating to prevent food poisoning, the agency says.
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