The recent salmonella outbreak that's been linked to ground turkey is pretty freaky. While you should definitely throw away all possibly tainted ground turkey in your fridge and follow general food safety guidelines, here's the latest you need to know on this alarming outbreak.
3 Things to Know About the Salmonella Ground Turkey Outbreak
1. The outbreak began in March. While the news of the salmonella outbreak is just coming out now, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the suspicious ground turkey was in stores March 7 to June 27.
2. The outbreak hasn't been linked with any particular company or establishment — yet. So far, the CDC says that they haven't been able to prove a direct link. According to CBS News, salmonella is common in poultry, and therefore it's not illegal for meat to be tainted with it. This makes directly linking salmonella to an illness tricky, as people don't always remember what they ate or where they got it from.
3. The outbreak has affected people in 26 states and may grow. Even if you're not in a state that's been affected thus far (Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin all report having one case or more of salmonella), know that officials assume that the outbreak will spread, as some cases haven't been reported yet.
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