CDC: 1 Death, 76 Illnesses Linked to Ground Turkey
Federal officials said Monday that one person has died from salmonella poisoning that appears to be linked to eating ground turkey, but the government so far has declined to say who produced the meat or initiate a recall.
Seventy-six people in 26 states have been made sick from the same strain of the disease, which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics. The CDC did not say where the person who died became sick and released no details about the death.
The illnesses date back to March, and the CDC said Monday that cultures of ground turkey from four retail locations between March 7 and June 27 showed salmonella contamination. The agency said preliminary information showed that three of the samples have been linked to the same production establishment but did not name the retailers or the manufacturers.http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cdc-1-death-76-illnesses-linked-ground-tGovernment still seeking source of tainted turkey
Health officials are scrambling to find the source of a salmonella outbreak that has claimed one life in California.
The outbreak has claimed the life of a Sacramento resident and at least 77 other people have gotten sick in 26 states.
No recalls have been issued so far. Authorities with the Agriculture Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have known about the issue since March, but they're having a hard time pinpointing the exact cause. They say the outbreak is tied to ground turkey products.
The USDA has spoken with Minnesota-based meat company, Cargill about their products, but no specific brand has been singled out so far. Another large, Minnesota-based producer of ground turkey, Hormel, said it had not been contacted by the USDA about the current investigation.
The lack of information so far from government officials may be attributed to USDA rules that make it harder to investigate and recall salmonella-tainted poultry. Because salmonella is common in poultry, it is not illegal for meat to be tainted with the pathogen. Officials must directly link the salmonella illnesses with a certain producer or establishment, which is difficult to do because people don't always remember what they ate or where they bought it.
Experts said the type of salmonella found in Sacramento is especially dangerous because it is very resistant to antibiotics.
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