Jennie-O Turkey Store recalls 164,000 pounds of ground turkey products

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WASHINGTON (WJRT) (12/21/2018) - Jennie-O Turkey Store is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of ground turkey that may contain salmonella.

The turkey items were produced on Oct. 22 and 23, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some people may have the products stored in their freezers.

The recall includes:

-- 3-pound packages of “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean | 7% Fat” with “Use or freeze by” dates of Nov. 12 and 13 on the side of the trays.
-- 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean | 7% Fat” with a “Use or freeze by” dates of Nov. 12 on the side of the trays.
-- 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey” with a “Use or freeze by” date of Nov. 12 on the side of the trays.
-- 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey” with a “Use or freeze by” dates of Nov. 12 on the side of the trays.
-- 3-pound packages of “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 85% Lean | 15% Fat” with a “Use or freeze by” date of Nov. 12 on the side of the trays.
-- 2.5-pound packages of “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean | 7% Fat” with a “Use or freeze by” date of Nov. 13 on the side of the trays.

The recalled products all bear “EST. P-579” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the side of the tray. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Anyone with the recalled ground turkey products should discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

A patient in Michigan tested positive for salmonella after consuming some of the affected ground turkey. State public health and food inspectors are working with the USDA on the investigation.

Bacteria samples taken from the patient were a close genetic match to bacteria found in unopened packages of Jennie-O turkey products in the patient's home.

The USDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe this turkey recall could be related to a nationwide warning about salmonella in turkey products of all varieties. At least 216 people in 38 states have become ill from salmonella linked to turkeys this year.

Salmonella illnesses typically set in within 12 to 72 hours of consumption, including fever, cramps and diarrhea. The illness lasts four to seven days.

Most people recover fully from an illness caused by salmonella, but people with compromised immune systems may require hospitalization for severe illness.