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Butterball remembers nearly 80,000 pounds of turkey after 5 people became ill



North Carolina-based poultry producer Butterball, LLC voluntarily recalls about 78,164 pounds of raw turkey products that may have been contaminated with Salmonella according to a message from the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Wednesday.

FSIS, along with several public partners, discovered possible contamination while examining an outbreak of Salmonella disease involving five patients in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Four of the patients lived in the same Wisconsin residence, where officials gathered three Butterball turkey samples that tested positive for the bacteria.

Minnesota resident was tested positive for the same strain Salmonella and also reported eating turkey, although the label is unknown, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health.

  PHOTO: Some Butterball ground turkey products involved in a voluntary recall are depicted in a photo published by the company on March 13, 2019. Butterball
Some Butterball ground turkey products involved in a voluntary recall are depicted in an image published by March 13, 2019.

According to Butterball's website, the affected ground turkey has a date of use or sale July 26, 2018, and was sent to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

"Because these products were packed nine months ago, it is very unlikely that any of the products will be found in the stores, but it is possible that consumers may have a product in the freezer," says Christa Leupen, Butterball spokesman. to ABC News.

Health-Alerted Warnings Anyone Who Can Have Butterball Turkey In The Freezer To Check The Date And Discard Products That Can Be Included In The Recall.

Products that are subject to recall include:

• 48-oz. plastic-packed tray containing "BUTTERBALL every day Fresh Ground Turkey with NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN / 15% FAT)" with sell or freeze by date 7/26/18, code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655- 71557 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic-packed tray containing "BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh soil Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN / 7% FAT)" with sell or freeze by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic-packed tray containing "BUTTERBALL every day Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN / 15% FAT)" with sell or freeze by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic-packed tray containing "BUTTERBALL every day Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN / 7% FAT)" with sell or freeze by date 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655- 71561 represented on the label

• 48-oz. Plastic-packed tray with "Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT" with sell or freeze by date 7/26/18, code 8188 and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray with "FOOD LION 15% fat-greased turkey with natural flavors" with sale or freezing by date 7/26/18, particle code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

The USDA calls this a class I remember, defined on the site as a "health hazard situation where there is a reasonable likelihood that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

Consumption of Foods Containing Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food-borne diseases, with symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and lasting four to seven days.

Butterball states that consumers with questions about the recall should call 1-800-288-8372 ext. 4 between 10 and 7 ET.


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