One year ago, ground turkey sold under the brand names Plainville Farms, Wegmans, and Nature’s Promise was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 33 people in 14 states. Four people were hospitalized.

Plainville Brands of New Oxford, PA produced all of the ground turkey associated with this outbreak. Because it was no longer on the market by the time the problem was discovered,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health alert for the products sold at Wegmans, Food Lion, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop stores.

Salmonella in Plainville Farms, Wegmans, Nature's Promise Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is frequently contaminated with Salmonella according to data from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). The agency’s Salmonella sampling data consistently shows that ground turkey has a much higher percentage of positive tests than whole carcasses. For example, for the fiscal quarter that ended March 30, 2022, the percent of whole bird samples that tested positive for Salmonella was .24 percent, while the percent of ground turkey samples contaminated with the pathogen was 16.56 percent. And because of the arcane regulations for meat and poultry, turkey that tests positive for Salmonella is not removed from commerce and makes its way to store shelves.

Ground Turkey Salmonella Illnesses

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop six to 72 hours after eating contaminated food, include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody.

If you contracted a Salmonella infection from contaminated turkey and would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. We have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.