Just In Time For Thanksgiving, a Warning About Consuming Turkey
Just as American's prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Center for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) has issued an update regarding a multi-state Salmonella outbreak caused by raw turkeys and raw turkey products.
Since reporting the outbreak in July, 164 people have been infected by this Salmonella outbreak. Of those people, 63 have been hospitalized and one has died. The outbreak has been reported in 35 states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The CDC says that "the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry." The Center goes on to say that it is "not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey products, or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products." Instead, they want to remind people to "always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning."
For a list of ways to prevent Salmonella infections, plus, a list of symptoms of Salmonella infection, click here.