Jennie-O Turkey Store has recalled 55,000 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning. The recalled turkey burgers include 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store “All Natural Turkey Burgers Lean White Meat with Seasonings.” Each turkey burger box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped turkey burgers.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the boxes have a use by date of “DEC 23 2011” and an identifying lot code of “32710” through “32780.” The lot codes for recalled turkey burgers are on the side panel of each box, just above the opening tear strip. They were sold exclusively at Sam’s Club stores nationwide and can be returned for a full refund. The FSIS warns that additional raw turkey products may be recalled, and consumers should be sure to take extra care when preparing all raw turkey products.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that as of April 1, 12 people ranging in age from 1 to 86 have been reported infected with the Salmonella Hadar strain. The illnesses have been reported in 10 states over the past four months, with 3 cases in Wisconsin, and 1 case each in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, and Washington.