Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ground Turkey Recall!

In case you haven't been following the news, there is a Mass Recall on Ground Turkey.

There has been an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to eating ground turkey.  So far 77 cases have been reported across the country.

There have been 10 illnesses documented in Ohio (the highest in the country so far) and at least one in Cuyahoga County.  There has been one fatality, but that was not in Ohio.

Specific Info:
Cargill Recall

How to tell if you have Salmonella poisoning:

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Most people recover without treatment but in rare cases hospitalization is necessary.

How long has this been going on?

What disturbs me most is that this recalls reaches back to February 2011.  Seriously, seven months has to go by before the public is notified?  What exactly does the USDA do - sit on their asses until someone dies apparently.  Heaven forbid profits drop for these precious companies who can't manage to produce safe food.

Be Cautious!
The Hoff

1 comment:

  1. This is exactly why we raise our own turkey, chicken, and beef. We just spent the week in a barn full of conventional beef producers and their animals don't look natural. My girls called them big butt cheek cows because their anatomy was so out of proportioned they looked strange. My cows are all grass fed and we do a rotational pasture program and look at the award we won!! Next year we hope to do a grass fed steer class with our Dexters. We all keep trying to promote that movement. I had a speaker come give a talk to all of us while we were together at the fair on how to set up our farms for rotational grazing. He said they way the traditional farmers are using so many chemicals and fertilizers on the soil to keep it in production is going to come to an end. They will not be able to continue in that fashion for much longer. He said we are ahead of the game by getting our pastures healthy and ready to feed lots of animals.

    Thanks for the post. Great info.