Multidrug Resistant Salmonella in Turkey Recall

US - Cargill Meat Solutions has confirmed that the salmonella found in the ground turkey meat recalled earlier this month was a multidrug resistant strain.
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Cargill's Springdale, Arkansas, plant recalled approximately 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products over concerns that the product was contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) confirmed the contgamination as Salmonella Heidelberg strain (XbaI PFGE pattern 58/BlnI pattern 76) and FSIS has lab results that indicate the isolate is resistant to ampicillin, gentamicin, streptomycin, and tetracycline.

The strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in question is identical to that of an outbreak of Salmonellosis that resulted in a recall of ground turkey products in August.

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