April 5, 2011: Salmonella serotype Hadar Outbreak Linked To Turkey Burgers

On April 1, 2011, the Jennie-O Turkey Store, Willmar, Minnesota, issued a recall for approximately 55,000 pounds of frozen raw turkey burger, because the products may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella. 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that as its investigation of the matter continues, additional raw turkey products may be subject to recall.  Twelve people in 10 states have reported illnesses liked to the recalled turkey burgers. 

The turkey burger product subject to recall is: 

  • 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® "All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat". Each box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers. 

There is a use by date of “DEC 23 2011” and a lot code of “32718” through “32780” which are printed on the side panel of the box, just above the opening tear strip.  Within the USDA mark of inspection, located on the front of the box, is an establishment number reading “P-7760.”  The products were distributed to retail establishments nationwide after being packaged on November 23, 2010. 

To date there have been 12 cases of salmonellosis in 10 states linked to the recalled turkey burgers.  The states reporting theses illnesses include Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin.  Public health officials report that Salmonella serotype Hadar was the specific pathogen, with the illnesses occurring between December 2010 and March 2011. 

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food, and the illness usually lasts 4-7 days.


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