Fourth Outbreak This Decade – No Manufacturer, no Recall nor States Named

Turkey-Burgers.jpgThis public health alert was initiated after continuous medical reports, ongoing investigations and testing conducted by various departments of health across the nation determined there is an association between consumption of ground turkey products and an estimated 77 illnesses reported in 26 states. The illnesses were linked through an epidemiologic investigation and PFGE analyses by state health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Past Outbreaks:

Minnesota Restaurant Ground Turkey 2000

Multistate Private Home Ground Turkey 2008

Jenny-O-Turkey Burgers 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg that may be associated with use and consumption of ground turkey.