Salmonella outbreaks associated with raw turkey leave over 200 sick across the United States

(Reuters) – Over 200 people from across the United States have become ill, 84 of them hospitalized, from an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to raw turkey products that led to a voluntary recall on Friday, the US government said. 19659002] The latest food safety advice from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta came as millions of Americans planned their Christmas holiday menus, and updated a notice of contaminated turkey issued in early November.

Since then, 52 more people in 26 states and the District of Columbia have become ill with salmonella-tainted turkey, bringing the total number of documented cases to 216 in 38 states and the district. A death from the outbreak, which began in October, was reported in California, the CDC said.

Canada's Public Health Agency has reported another 22 turkey-related salmonella infections in four provinces – British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick – believed to be related to the US outbreak.

The common strain of salmonella associated with the diseases has been identified in various raw turkey products, including ground turkey, turkey patties, live turkeys and raw turkey pet food, indicating it


9 Foods you should never eat raw

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So read on to learn about nine foods that you should not eat raw and why.


Raw chicken can be found between many treatment facilities and supermarket and many ugly little bugs that can send you to the hospital if they are eaten, so you shoul d make sure all chicken is cooked to at least 165 degrees. And there is no need to rinse chicken before cooking: the bacteria will be killed during cooking, and the spray water can infect your entire kitchen.

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Chaya is a "superfood" found in the Yucatan which was a favorite of the Mayans, but has not really caught up in the United States (yet). It is similar to spinach, only there are much stronger flavors and only very small amounts of it can be eaten raw. Why? The leaves contain cyanide, which is obviously a deadly poison in large quantities. Cooling the leaves for five minutes neutralizes the toxin.

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Like Chaya, yucca (or cassava root) also contains cyanide or cyanogen glycosides to be accurate. High levels of the toxin are found in the leaves, preventing it from being eaten by insects and animals, but some also make their way into edible root as well. To make this starchy tuber edible, it must be dried, soaked in water, rinsed and boiled as soon as possible after harvest.

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Sure, Rocky can down Raw on a daily basis, but that doesn't mean it's smart. While loaded with protein, raw eggs also have the ability to contain salmonella, which transmits about one in every 30,000 eggs. And because it's in the egg yolk, those who are worried should never eat their yolks running either.

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Pits / Seeds of apples, mangoes, peaches, pears and apricots

These you really shouldn't eat at all; forget to make them first. If you spread open seeds and pits from fruits containing them, the inside is soft and appears to be edible. But don't eat it: it contains a chemical called amygdalin that can be made – you guessed it – cyanide (who knew that so many foods contained cyanide?). Fortunately, you need to eat a lot of peach pies to get sick, but we didn't want it.

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Green potatoes

You know how sometimes older potatoes can start to make a nice shade of green? Yes, you don't want to eat that part. When potatoes get too much sunlight, a chemical called solanine can build up to toxic levels, and that's green. If consumed, it can lead to headaches, fatigue, nausea and stomach problems. Store potatoes in a cool, dry place and you will avoid this problem.

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Pork no longer needs to be cooked, but you should still cook it past the middle. Pork still has the potential to carry a pair of bugs: trichinosis, a roundworm; and pig bandworm, which can grow up to 6 meters long in the intestinal pig. If the meat is eaten undercooked, it can transmit the parasite to you, with some unpleasant side effects. These diseases largely greet those days when the pigs were allowed to eat garbage and have largely been eradicated from modern treatment. It's still risky, and rare pork flavors aren't very good either.

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Raw red kidney beans

If you were to take a few red kidney beans off the vine and eat them, not only would they taste gross, but within a few hours you would be nauseous, vomiting, and having an upset stomach. The culprit? A natural toxin called lectin.

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Rhubarb leaf

You may have heard that rhubarb is poisonous when it is raw, but it is actually the leaves you should avoid at all costs. The leaves contain insanely high levels of a poison called oxalic acid, which on human consumption can cause severe kidney damage, and possibly even death. Even a small amount can make you sick, and 10 or so pounds are enough to kill you.

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Minnesota-based Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales LLC on Friday revoked more than 164,000 pounds of turkey products on the ground. The company had recalled more than £ 91,000 in mid-November during the same outbreak.

Except for the recalled Jennie-O brand turkey, the CDC said it was not advisable for consumers to avoid eating properly cooked turkey products or retailers to stop selling raw turkey products.

Everyone can get sick from salmonella bacteria, but small children, the elderly or people with impaired immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness.

Symptoms, which usually occur 12 to 72 hours after ingestion of the bacteria, include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most are restored within a week.

Infection can best be prevented by thorough washing hands after handling poultry, by making turkey at an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and by thawing frozen turkeys in the refrigerator rather than at room temperature, the CDC said.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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