The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) responded Thursday, stating that the agency had not identified the source of the outbreak and criticized the organizations calling for the agency to name turkey suppliers without hard evidence of a link to the illness.
Amid an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey, Jennie-O Turkey has has issued a recall for a specific line of its ground turkey products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned last week that more than 160 people in 35 states had fallen ill in cases related to raw turkey products. The ongoing hunt has found the salmonella strain in raw turkey pet food, ground turkey, turkey patties, and in live turkeys, indicating "it might be widespread in the turkey industry".
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture knows more about the turkey products implicated in this outbreak than it is disclosing to the media or the American people", wrote Sarah Sorscher, CSPI's deputy director of regulatory affairs.
Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, and any other night you're planning on cooking a turkey, do not forget to thoroughly wash your hands.
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Experts urge consumers to practice good food safety when handling raw turkey in the kitchen this holiday season.
Consumers can protect themselves by cooking their turkey, other poultry products, and meat thoroughly.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could suffer a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the tortilla chips, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Cook-Cook to the right temperature.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jennie-O Consumer Engagement Team at 1-800-621-3505. Central Time Saturday and Sunday. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
Follow FSIS on Twitter at twitter.com/usdafoodsafety or in Spanish at: twitter.com/usdafoodsafe_es. In rare cases, the infection can cause death if a patient is not treated promptly with antibiotics.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.