Cargill recalls ground turkey due to possible Salmonella contamination

September 19, 2011

Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., Springdale, Ark., is recalling approximately 185,000 lbs of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Sept. 11.

The products subject to recall include: Fresh Ground Turkey Chubs, Fresh Ground Turkey Trays, and Fresh Ground Turkey Patties. The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on Aug. 23, 24, 30, and 31 of this year.

The strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in question is identical to that of an outbreak of Salmonellosis that resulted in an Aug. 3, 2011 recall of ground turkey products. Although a sample tested positive for the outbreak-related strain of Salmonella, including the identical XbaI and BlnI PFGE patterns matching the August 3 outbreak strain, at this time, neither FSIS nor the plant is aware of any illnesses associated with product from the above dates. An FSIS incident investigation team collected samples at the establishment following the previous recall.

This recall occurred after a product sample collected on August 24 tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. The firm is recalling product from August 30 based on pending positive match samples. The products subject to recall are derived from bone-in parts. These products were distributed at the retail level throughout the United States.

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