60 others. Public health responsibility says that the recent salmonella problem with turkey products has killed at least one person…
The US Department of Agriculture on Thursday said it was issuing a recall for more than 91,000 pounds of turkey products manufactured by a Wisconsin company.
The recall came a week before Thanksgiving – and one day after the consumer reports called an agency to disclose which company or company has been linked to a recent outbreak of salmonella which has more than 160 people in 35 states and killed at least one person.
The products made by Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales of Barron, Wis. , were not specifically linked to the reported diseases and deaths. The USDA just said that the company’s products could “be associated” with the outbreak.
The Agency noted that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “continued to investigate diseases associated with this widespread outbreak and additional products from other companies can also be remembered.”
The recalled articles include a pocket pack of Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean, Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey, Ground Turkey 85% Lean and Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey. The recall was also restricted to items with “Use of” the date of October 2 (and also October 1 for the 93% Lean product).
With less than a week to go to Thanksgiving, federal regulators have not revealed what brands of turkey are most affected by a recent outbreak of salmonella which has more than 160 people in 35 states and has been linked to at least one death.
Having criticized for not mentioning specific brands, FSIS said in a statement Thursday that it had not done so because it had not yet determined the source of the outbreak.
“As an investigation, we are looking for leader and seeking evidence,” said FSIS. “If FSIS had the ability to identify the source of this salmonella strain, the agency would immediately recall the goods.”
On Wednesday, Consumer Reports had urged USDA to disclose the brands most related to the outbreak.  “USDA should immediately publish what turkey producers, suppliers and brands involved in this outbreak – especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Consumer Reports. “This information can save lives and help ensure that consumers take the precautionary measures needed to prevent someone from becoming ill at home.”
The states most affected by the outbreak include Minnesota (17 people). Illinois (16); California (13); New York (12); Texas (11), according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Death occurred in California, CDC reported earlier this month, although details of death were not disclosed.
Salmonella is found in a variety of foods, including packaged foods. Recently, Conagra Brands has recalled 2.4 million boxes of Duncan Hine’s cocktail blend because of a link to salmonella.
CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million diseases a year. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps and may take up to seven days. Nausea is more likely to be difficult in the elderly and infants according to CDC.
Associated Press contributed to this story.