Health

Butterball Is Recalling 78,000 Pounds Of Ground Turkey

Yikes! Check your fridge.

Check your fridges: 78,164 pounds of raw Butterball turkey products that were shipped nationwide have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. At least five people in two states have gotten sicken so far.

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on March 13 that the pre-packed ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018, and has the establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them,” says the department. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

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Various stores, including Kroger and Food Lion, sold the affected products. Keep an eye out for the following recalled products:

  • 48-oz. “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

Raw turkey was also the culprit last year after a salmonella outbreak occurred in 26 states.

Salmonella Facts

Salmonella strikes when you least suspect it (like the morning after eating what you thought was a good meal). Contaminated food and water are the prime ways the salmonella bacteria spreads. People can contract salmonellosis when contaminated meats like poultry, beef, veal or pork make their way into your body.

Unfortunately, salmonellosis is a pretty common stomach infection. According to the CDC, it causes 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. People with compromised immune systems are more at risk for dangerous complications from an infection.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, cold and chills, headaches, throwing up and fever. These symptoms typically present within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. While the illness usually lasts four to seven days and it’s quite miserable, most people recover without treatment.

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Though many foods can contain salmonella bacteria, there are some ways to keep yourself and your stomach safe from the nasty infection. Common best practices include not eating raw eggs or undercooked meats; refrigerating food properly; washing your hands after using the toilet or changing a diaper; washing your hands thoroughly when cooking; keeping kitchen surfaces clean; keeping cooked and uncooked food separate at all times; and washing raw fruits and vegetables before eating.