Raw Turkey Has Been Linked To Salmonella In 26 States—Here’s How To Stay Safe
Here is an important news alert: There has been an outbreak of salmonella in several states across the country and the illnesses have been linked to raw turkey.
The states impacted are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Of these, Minnesota, Illinois, Texas and New York have the highest amount of cases (with 13, 9, 8, and 8 confirmed cases reported respectively).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 people have become ill after eating ground turkey products, and 40 of these people had to be hospitalized. Fortunately, no deaths have been linked to this outbreak.
The culprit behind these illnesses?
Salmonella reading, a strain of salmonella which is linked to swine and poultry like turkey. However, it can also occur in produce as well. In 2016, there was a nationwide outbreak of salmonella reading and salmonella abony which was linked to alfalfa sprouts.
As in 2016, the recent cases of salmonella reading have led to serious warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this time urging people to be very careful when working with raw turkey products.
Not only do you need to be careful when preparing turkey (such as by washing your hands after touching it, and by making sure to heat it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs), but you also should be careful when feeding your pets. It seems that many people reported becoming ill after handling raw turkey pet food.
Hence, the CDC is taking a stance against such treats.
“Germs like salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick,” announces the CDC. “Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet.”
Currently, there are no recalls in place, as the outbreak has not been linked to one specific manufacturer or farm. Instead, the CDC is merely urging consumers to practice extra caution and awareness when dealing with raw meat.
If you experience symptoms of salmonella poisoning (such as fever, diarrhea or stomach cramps), and you have recently eaten or handled raw turkey, visit your doctor right away.
In many cases, people who infected with salmonella reading can recover without treatment, however, it is better to be safe than sorry, particularly if you or your loved one are part of a vulnerable population (under 5 years old, over 65 years old or have a weakened immune system due to diabetes or other chronic condition).