groundturkey2-featured.jpgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) late Friday night issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg that may be associated with use and consumption of ground turkey.

This 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).

For a bit of history of Salmonella Heidelberg Outbreaks in the U.S., see below:

A & R Barbeque Pulled Pork 2009

Illinois Nursing Home Pureed Food 2008

California Restaurant 2 Macaroni and Cheese 2008

California Fair or Temporary Mobile Service Tacos 2008

Virginia Restaurant Omelette 2008

Minnesota Private Home Ice Cream 2008

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Unknown 2008

Florida Private Home Multiple Foods 2008

Oregon Restaurant 4 Unknown 2008

California Restaurant 3 Unknown 2007

Georgia Camp Unknown 2007

Taste of Chicago Pars Cove Booth Hummus Shrazi 2007

Indiana Fair Hummus 2007

Arizona Fast Food Chain 2007

California Church Mole 2007

Tennessee Private Home Barbeque, Coleslaw 2007

Florida Undescribed Location Mashed Potatoes and Gravy 2007

California Other Location Milkshake 2006

New Jersey Other Location Unknown Vehicle 2006

New York Restaurant Scallops, Conch, and Sea Cucumber 2006

Pennsylvania Camp Unknown 2006

Colorado Restaurant Chicken Teriyaki 2006

Kansas Restaurant Meringue Pie 2006

California Private Home Raw Egg Mayonnaise 2006

Grocery Store Deli Macaroni and Cheese 2006

California Restaurant Burrito 2006

Cub Brand Stuffed Chicken 2005

Family Gathering Egg Casserole 2004

Minnesota Restaurant Eggs or Pancakes 2003

Sunset House Restaurant 2003

Park County, Wyoming Restaurant Canned Mushrooms 2003

British Columbia Chicken Nugget Strips 2003

Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant 2002

Minnesota Restaurant Meatloaf or Eggs 2000

Minnesota Restaurant Unknown June, 1999

Duluth Restaurant Food Worker 1999

Minnesota Restaurant Unknown 1999

Minnesota Restaurant Unknown 1998

Our Lady of the Wayside Church Fund-Raiser Stuffed Ham 1997

Florida Restaurant Macaroni and Cheese 1996

Rotanelli Foods, Inc. Lasagna and Stuffed-Shells (Pasta) 1986

Oklahoma School System Chicken 1986

New Mexico Convention Eggs 1985