At least 40 people have been hospitalized in 26 states due to salmonella, and raw turkey may be the culprit, say USA health officials. The agency is monitoring the outbreak in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service. Forty people have been hospitalized. "Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible", the CDC recommends. Two of those infected say they live in a home where raw turkey was in the pet food they served to their animals. The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys.
A salmonella has affected 26 states and left at least 40 people hospitalized, and health officials say a single source of the strain has not been found. The CDC says this illness could be widespread in the turkey industry.
Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.More news: The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer is Here!
"It just shows how salmonella, particularly antibiotic-resistant salmonella, can be in one location and spread through the entire food chain", he told The Washington Post. Of 61 people interviewed, 37 (61%) people interviewed reported preparing or eating turkey products that were purchased raw, including ground turkey, turkey pieces, and whole turkey.
To kill harmful germs, both raw turkey and leftovers should be heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Check the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the food. This can spread germs around your kitchen and sink. "Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet", the report warns. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods.
Keep your food preparation area clean by washing utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water.More news: The new trailer for George R. R. Martin's 'Nightflyers' is super dark
"In Hawai'i, we love to eat and enjoy gatherings with potlucks and raw foods, which make us especially susceptible to foodborne illnesses", said Peter Oshiro, environmental health program manager for food safety.
Bottom line: No need to change anything if you're already careful when handling raw meat.
It is unclear where the Salmonella outbreak is coming from, and the CDC said it is still looking into which supplier or type of raw turkey product is linked to the outbreak.More news: Bristol Palin Joins Teen Mom!