State and federal officials are beginning to identify retailers that received recalled Jennie-O brand ground turkey that is implicated in a 35-state outbreak of Salmonella Reading.

Washington state’s Department of Health reports four chains with stores statewide received the recalled ground turkey products — Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer and QFC. As of Tuesday night, named retailers in 10 other states, as reported by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), did not include any locations of the four chains named by Washington state. However, the FSIS list did not yet include Washington.

The FSIS website includes retailers’ locations known to have received the recalled turkey products in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Additional locations in those states could be added to the list. The federal agency compiles and posts updates for its retailer lists as the information becomes available.

In Washington state, retail locations in addition to the four statewide chains identified so far are:

  •  Camano Island Plaza IGA in Camano Island, WA
  • Fuller’s Shop N Kart in Centralia, WA
  • Darrington IGA in Darrington, WA
  • Farmhouse Market in Fall City, WA
  • Food Market in Kingston, WA
  • Goose Community Grocer in Langley, WA
  • Ocean Shores IGA in Ocean Shores, WA
  • Blanton’s Market IGA in Packwood, WA
  • Dissmore Food Mart IGA in Pullman, WA
  • Fischer’s Market in Randle, WA
  • Bailey’s IGA in Rochester, WA
  • Ken’s Market in Seattle, WA
  • Kress Supermarket IGA in Seattle, WA
  • Fiesta Foods in Sunnyside, WA
  • Cedar Village IGA in Winlock, WA

“We are working on obtaining additional retail information from distributors who may have received the recalled product and will let you know when we have additional information to share. So far we have contacted QFC, Fred Meyer, and Safeway to verify recall notification and product removal,” according to a statement from the Washington Department of Health. 

“Local Health Jurisdictions in Washington are not being asked to participate in any formal recall verification activities at this time, but appropriate staff should be aware of the recall.”

The recall details
On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales LLC of Barron, WI, recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after an unopened package tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading that has sickened 164 people in 35 states.

The recalled raw ground turkey products items were produced on Sept. 11. Consumers can determin whether they have any of the recalled products in their homes by looking for the following label information: 

1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use by” dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.
1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.

1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.

1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.

The products subject to recall all have the establishment number “P-190” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Investigators from the FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services have been working on traceback for the unopened package of Jennie-O brand ground turkey collected from an outbreak patient’s home.

Other outbreak patients have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different stores. Some patients also reported handling raw turkey pet food and/or raw turkey, or working with live turkeys, or living with someone who handles live turkeys. 

Based on the continuing investigation, federal officials say additional products from other companies may also be recalled.

Advice for consumers
Food that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. 

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.

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