A Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Has Spread to 26 States
The CDC reported 90 cases of the illness.
The CDC has reported an outbreak of salmonella across the U.S. in a new investigation notice. As of July 11th, it found that 90 people have been affected, with 40 of them hospitalized, and that the outbreak has reached 26 different states. (In other bad news, Kellogg's cereal contaminated with salmonella is still being sold in stores.)
So far the org hasn't been able to i.d. a specific supplier of turkey that's contaminated and found salmonella present in samples from live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products-leading them to conclude the issue is widespread in the turkey industry.
In its alert, the CDC noted that many food and animal samples tested were resistant to certain antibiotics. Don't freak out, though. According to the report, "This resistance likely will not affect the choice of antibiotic used to treat most people since these antibiotics are not normally used to treat salmonella infections." (Related: The 4 Stages of Food Poisoning, According to Amy Schumer)
Salmonella symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps lasting four to seven days, according to the CDC. So yes, it's super unpleasant, but most people recover without needing treatment. Some people have to be hospitalized, and in rare cases salmonella causes death. (Here's what to eat after the stomach flu or food poisoning.)
The good news is that even if you have raw turkey in your fridge at home, you don't need to throw it away. The CDC isn't advising that sellers recall turkey products or that customers avoid eating turkey, since properly cooking the meat can prevent food poisoning. Some important steps to take: Wash your hands before and after handling raw meat, be careful not to let raw meat juices spew (ick, we know), and cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Another precaution you might not think of? The CDC also advises against feeding raw food to pets. "Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet," the report warns.
Bottom line: No need to change anything if you're already careful when handling raw meat. If not, here's your reminder that salmonella is very real.