Raw Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Reaches 279 People Sickened
A February 15th, 2019 update from the CDC has linked an additional 63 cases of Salmonella poisoning to the Salmonella Reading strain from raw turkey. This brings the total to 279 people, from ages 1 to 101, sickened from this outbreak so far.
This is a particularly dangerous strain of Salmonella as it is resistant to multiple antibiotics. 48% of people who have been identified with this illness have ended up hospitalized. This is more than double was is typical for Salmonella infections.
This strain of Salmonella has been linked to many different raw turkey products including ground turkey and raw pet food and people have been sickened in 42 states so far. Jennie-O Turkey, Woody’s Pet Food Deli, and Raws for Paws have all issued recalls, but food safety attorneys caution that many other products may be affected.
If you are preparing raw turkey, treat it very carefully: Wash your hands immediately after handling. Clean and sanitize all preparation surfaces and utensils as well as anything that came into contact with contaminated hands (including the sink handle). Also, make sure the Turkey is thoroughly cooked to at least 165°F all the way through. for additional caution, you can cook your turkey from frozen rather than thawing it first (this really does work fine!).