Ground turkey recalled, and cantaloupe may be to blame for Colorado Listeriosis outbreak.
If it seems like there are a lot of food-borne illness outbreaks a year, that's because there is. According to a new report from the CDC, there are more than 1,000 outbreaks each year. The latest two food outbreak scares? Ground turkey and cantaloupe.
While no illnesses have been reported yet in regards to ground turkey, Cargill recently recalled 185,000 pounds of 85-percent ground turkey due to possible salmonella contamination. We certainly hope this isn't another big ground turkey salmonella outbreak like the one we saw earlier this year.
The other food-borne illness outbreak of current concern has to do with tainted cantaloupe in Colorado. Recently, two people in Colorado died from listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria. Public health professionals are warning those at high risk of contracting listeriosis — pregnant women, seniors, young children and people with compromised immune systems — to avoid eating cantaloupe for the time being.
No matter if there's a food-borne illness outbreak or not, follow these food-safety tips to stay safe all the time!