Ground Turkey Health Alert

We interrupts our regularly scheduled post for a health alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA is urging all consumer to carefully follow all handling guidelines for frozen or fresh ground turkey. While no recalls or specific brands have been mentioned, 77 people in 26 states have been affected by Salmonella poisoning from ground turkey.

“The 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 USDA statement says.

The safety statement tells people to not rely on cooking times to determine the doneness of ground turkey products. The government agency urges cooks to use a food thermometer to ensure the meat achieves 165F for the safety of all those eating the products.

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