CDC investigates multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products
Colorado is one of the 34 states in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health and regulatory officials are investigating an outbreak of multidrug-resistant salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak.
On Nov. 5, the last date of USDA-FSIS’s census, it was reported that 164 people were infected with the outbreak of salmonella reported from 35 states. Of those, 63 have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported in California.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with salmonella and are making people sick.
A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or live turkeys has not been identified, which could account for the outbreak.
The outbreak strain of salmonella is present in live turkeys and many types of raw turkey products, indicating it may be widespread in the turkey industry.
Ill people reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations. Three ill people lived in households in which raw turkey pet food was fed to pets.
On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales in Barron, Wisconsin, recalled about 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products.
CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps they may be taking to reduce salmonella contamination.
In light of the outbreak, the CDC reminds consumers to practice safe food preparation when preparing turkey this Thanksgiving.
Always handle raw turkey carefully, and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can carry germs that spread around food preparation areas and can cause illness.
With the exception of the recalled Jennie-O brand ground turkey products, CDC is not advising consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey products or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products.