Around 211,406 pounds of ground turkey products from Plainville Brands, LLC are potentially linked to Salmonella Hadar illness. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) noted in a release it hasn’t issued a recall because the products are no longer on the shelves for customer purchase. Instead, FSIS has released a public health alert on products made Dec. 18-29, 2020, which may still be in customers’ freezers.
FSIS requests the products — which include the establishment number EST. P-244 inside the USDA mark of inspection — be thrown away or returned to the retailer from which it was purchased. Retail providers nationwide that received the following products are instructed to destroy them immediately:
- 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
- 1-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
- 3-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
- 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
According to FSIS, 12 states have documented around 28 outbreaks of the illness between Dec. 28, 2020 and Mar. 4, 2021. One investigation led back to a patient consuming Plainville Brands, LLC ground turkey. FSIS tested another unopened package from the patient’s home, which also came back positive for Salmonella Hadar, with the same genetic makeup to the patient’s sample.
FSIS is still investigating and says additional products from other establishments also may be contaminated.
“FSIS continues to work with CDC and state and local public health partners on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available,” according to a release.
Salmonellosis is a common foodborne illnesses that can last up to seven days, causing diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, usually within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Most recover without treatment, though elders, infants and anyone who is immunocompromised may develop severe illness and should seek help from a healthcare provider.
Anyone with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or send an email to MPHotline@usda.gov. Complaints and reports about contaminated meat, poultry, or egg product can be made at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.
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