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Jennie-O Turkey Store recalls turkey burger products due to possible Salmonella contamination. To date, at least 12 cases of salmonella infection have been linked to the turkey burger products in question. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria can lead to life-threatening illness.
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Free Jennie-O Turkey Burger Recall Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning (Salmonellosis) after consuming contaminated turkey burger products included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

April 1, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that Jennie-O Turkey Store is currently recalling nearly 55,000 pounds of frozen, raw turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Specific products named in this recall include:

4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® “All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat”. Each box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers.

A use-by date of “DEC 23 2011” and an identifying lot code of “32710” through “32780” are ink jetted on the side panel of each box, just above the opening tear strip. Establishment number “P-7760” is located within the USDA mark of inspection on the front of each box. The products were packaged on Nov. 23, 2010, and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services notified FSIS of a patient diagnosed with salmonellosis caused by Salmonella serotype Hadar. The investigation expanded to include 12 people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin who also have been diagnosed with Salmonella Hadar infection, with illnesses occurring between December 2010 and March 2011. FSIS determined that there is a link between the Jennie-O ground turkey products and this illness outbreak.

Signs & Symptoms of Salmonella Food Poisoning

Salmonella food poisoning (Salmonella enterocolitis) is an infection in the lining of the small intestine caused by Salmonella bacteria. Contaminated poultry and poultry products are the most common food associated with salmonella poisoning, but if conditions and food preparation equipment is unsanitary, any food can become contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria. Signs and symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include (but are not limited to):

  • abdominal pain
  • cramping
  • tenderness
  • chills
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Can Salmonella Be Cooked Out of Turkey?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), heating poultry to at least 165°F destroys Salmonella, Campylobacter bacteria, and avian influenza viruses. This is because, above 160 degrees, the bacteria’s cell will collapse and die.

Bacteria contain various proteins which have precise shapes. They start as long strands, then fold into helixes, hairpins, and other configurations, depending on how their components are arranged. These shapes play a huge role in what proteins do, and heat kills bacteria by denaturing the proteins.

As the temperature rises, the weak bonds that keep protein structures together start to break, followed by the stronger bonds with rising temperatures.

How Can You Tell if Your Turkey has Salmonella?

Use a food thermometer to test different parts of the turkey to make sure the entire bird is done. If you cook the entire turkey to the internal temperature of 165° F, the salmonella bacteria will die.

The same goes for stuffing — make sure it reaches at least 165° F — and cook it separately in a baking dish rather than inside the turkey itself.

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