New Jersey Among 26 States Tied to Salmonella Outbreaks from Raw Turkeys

Like FSIS CDC said a single common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified

Like FSIS CDC said a single common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified

According to the CDC, as of July 11, 90 people have been been infected with salmonella with reports coming from 26 states, including Pennsylvania.

Investigators say ill people have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products that were purchased at many different locations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella caused by raw turkey products from a variety of sources.

The CDC said the outbreak strain has been found in raw turkey pet food in Minnesota, raw turkey samples from 19 slaughter and 6 processing establishments, and from live turkeys in several states. Use it on the thickest part of your turkey or chicken to make sure you cook it to a temperature of 165 degrees.

The first cases of illness in the outbreak began in November and they continued to this month. Despite the 51 percent hospitalization rate in this outbreak so far, salmonella rarely sends people to the hospital, only 1.9 percent. It's also been linked to live turkeys. The outbreak strain's presence in both suggests that it might be widespread in the turkey industry, the CDC said, adding that it and the FSIS have shared the information with the turkey industry and asked about steps they may take at the farm and processing levels to reduce contamination.

The agency says they have not identified a single source for the outbreak, but they are working with their federal partners to monitor the outbreak. This can spread germs around your kitchen and sink.

Thoroughly wash your hands before and after preparing food, coming into contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

Wash your hands before and after preparing any food, especially raw meat, as well as all preparation areas, including counter tops and cutting boards. "Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible", the CDC recommends.

People infected with salmonella usually experience fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps about 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated food.

The CDC urged consumers to always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent foodborne illness. Females make up 61% of the sick patients.

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