The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a public health alert over a batch of ground turkey that carries a possible salmonella risk. About 211,406 pounds of potentially contaminated meat was flagged by the department because it could present a danger to consumers.
According to a USA Today news report, the USDA issued the alert for a batch of products that were produced by Plainville Brands LLC, based in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.
Why the Alert was Issued
The affected products were shipped to stores nationwide and have January “use by/freeze/sell by” dates. The health alert says a recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase. But the alert came out of concern that the products might still be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and instead, either discard them or return them to the point of purchase to avoid the salmonella risk.
Retail locations that get the returned products from consumers have also been told to destroy them right away. This public health alert comes as the USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multistate outbreak of 28 Salmonella Hadar illnesses in 12 states, with cases started between Dec. 28 and March 4. The traceback investigation for one of the cases identified that the patient consumed ground turkey produced by Plainville Brands.
The Danger of Salmonella
Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of a salmonella infection are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness typically lasts four to seven days.
If you are experiencing symptoms of salmonella or any type of food poisoning, it is important that you receive prompt medical attention. Insist that the hospital or doctor run tests to determine if you have suffered food poisoning. Isolate the food that sickened you. However, you may want to preserve the suspect food so you can have it tested independently in a laboratory for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks outbreaks relating to food-borne illnesses.
It would also be in your best interest to contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Victims of food poisoning may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, and pain and suffering