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Health Alert over Ground Turkey Products

by 5m Editor
2 August 2011, at 9:13am

US - The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert because of concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg that may be associated with use and consumption of ground turkey.

The public health alert was initiated after continuous medical reports, ongoing investigations and testing conducted by various departments of health across the US found there is an association between consumption of ground turkey products and an estimated 77 illnesses reported in 26 states.

The illnesses were linked through an epidemiologic investigation and PFGE analyses by state health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC has joined forces with state health departments to monitor the outbreak while FSIS focuses its investigation on potential identification of a contamination source or sources.

FSIS has repeated its adivce on cooking ground turkey and the temperatures it should be cooked at to ensure its safety.