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Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey, Again

Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey, Again
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Friends who invited me to dinner last night served turkey meatballs on linguine. In spite of the day’s news, I didn’t hesitate to eat them because I knew that the turkey came from a family farm nearby. But if I were eating in a restaurant, I would want to know if it came from the company that supplies 14 percent of America’s ground turkey.

For the second time in two months, Cargill is recalling turkey products from a U.S. facility because USDA inspectors found salmonella Heidelberg in meat samples. This time only 185,000 pounds are affected instead of the previous 36 million pounds, but the source is the same: the company’s huge Springdale, Arkansas, plant. At this point no outbreaks are connected to the latest recall. The last one put 22 in hospital, sickened 77 and caused one death.

After USDA inspectors found the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the ground turkey, the Springdale plant undertook a thorough cleaning and assembled a food safety panel to review its processes. ThePoultrySite.com describes enhancements the company made:

“Since the recall, Cargill has made several enhancements to its food safety programme. These include two additional antibacterial washes, intensifying an existing antibacterial system, disassembling and steam cleaning equipment before resuming ground turkey production, and requiring suppliers of turkey meat to add a new antibacterial wash. The company has also implemented the most aggressive Salmonella monitoring and testing programme in the poultry industry.”

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6:25AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Yikes! Contaminated food recalls are becoming too frequent. Maybe we shouldn't let the government cut back on budget items like food inspections just yet.

5:55AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thanks.

9:57AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Interesting...glad I don't eat ground turkey

1:16PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

If you are going to eat turkey cook it thoroughly. Heating it to a temperature of 165 degrees Farenheit (internally) will kill any bacteria, including Salmonella.

11:09AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

So many good reasons to be vegetarian...and here's another one.

2:52AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Turkeys were NOT made to be either ground or sliced! they should be LEFT WILD AND FREE!

12:26AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Cargill needs to be inspected, audited and probably overhauled as well.

9:36PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Totally nasty!

8:51PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Domestic animals live a horrible life....Then they are killed....Only to become part of a toxic land fill....Doe's this make sense to you?

3:14PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Go vegan! I know that we still have to worry about some e-coli on plants (which is illogical but will probably continue as long as society sees fit to consume the flesh of other living creatures.), but we have less concern than meat eaters.

I have to say that I do not feel sorry for those who become sick from eating meat. The animal they are eating didn't get their pity, did s/he? And the animal did not want to die & was terrified on their way to becoming the food on the meat eater's plate. So sad, too bad. Quit eating flesh!

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