USDA issues health alert for 211,000 pounds of ground turkey for possible salmonella contamination

Food health and safety inspectors issued an alert Saturday for more than 211,000 pounds of raw ground turkey possibly contaminated with salmonella.

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The ground turkey was made by Plainville Brands between Dec. 18 and Dec. 29 and sold at retailers nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

“A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase,” the agency said. “(Inspectors are) concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.”

Packages have January “use by/freeze/sell by” dates. They were sold under the store brand at Wegman grocery stores, USA Today reported. The products were also sold under the “Nature’s Promise” and Plainville brand names and sold at Food Lion, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Hannaford and Stop & Shop stores, USA Today reported.

The products in the health alert include:

  • 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 1-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 3-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

Salmonella is one of the most common bacterial foodborne illness, food safety officials said. Those who eat salmonella contaminated food can suffer from diarrhea, stomach cramps and a fever within 12 to 72 hours. Older adults and infants can suffer more serious side effects.

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