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27 Tons of Turkey Burgers Recalled Due to Salmonella

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Jennie-O LogoIf you’ve bought turkey burgers at Sam’s Club anytime since last December, you really need to read this.

Twelve people across 10 states, including Colorado, have fallen ill with Salmonella Hadar infections. The outbreak has been linked to turkey burgers — specifically, the Jennie-O Turkey Store brand, which was sold only through Sam’s Club stores. The burgers are now being recalled, and Jennie-O has set up an informational web page that can be found at

Daniel J. DeNoon, senior medical writer for WebMD, provides the pertinent identifiers for the recalled meat:

  • The UPC code 042222 261081
  • A use-by date of “DEC 23 2011” and lot codes of 32710 through 32780 on the side panel of each box just above the tear strip.
  • The establishment number P-7760 within the USDA inspection mark on the front of each box.

The Hadar strain of Salmonella is a little harder to fight since it seems to boast a resistance to several types of antiobiotics, the standard treatment. The website for the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) has some extensive information about both the recall and the strain involved, including information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While this sort of thing might make one leery of eating meat at all, it’s probably much more useful to keep an eye open for recalls. After all, meat is hardly the only type of food to suffer contamination-based recall. Marissa Cevallos, a health writer for the Los Angeles Times, expains why:

Last month, Del Monte recalled nearly 5,000 cartons of cantaloupes after a strain of salmonella infected 13 people and hospitalized three. And between November 2010 and February 2011, 140 people were infected by a different strain of salmonella in alfalfa sprouts linked to from Jimmy John’s sandwiches. Last summer, more than 3,500 people were infected with salmonella from eggs.

I would advise taking extra care about food safety in general, but right now even more so. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) offers several tips about safe cooking temperatures and other food handling issues on their website.

The FSIS has warned that the Jennie-O recall may be expanded to include other uncooked turkey products. The inspection by the CDC and FSIS continues as of this time.

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