CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products, 3 cases reported in CT

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that three people in Connecticut have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading.

According to the CDC, raw turkey products are making people sick.

As of Nov. 5th, 164 people have been infected with the outbreak strain. Of these, 63 people have been hospitalized and one person died in California.

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The CDC says the strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys.

A single, common supplier of the products has not been identified at this time.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service released a statement, which said, in part:

If FSIS had the ability to identify the source of this Salmonella strain, then the agency would immediately recall the items. If we had specific products that we could alert consumers to with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one. At the moment, there is no actionable information for consumers, other than to remind them that this is an ongoing investigation and that consumers should always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick.

For more information on the outbreak, click here.

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