The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert for over 200,000 pounds of ground turkey.
Their Food Safety and Inspection Service and public health partners, including the Center for Disease Control, are investigating 28 cases of Salmonella Hadar illness in 12 states, with onset dates ranging from December 28, 2020 through March 4, 2021.
The alert was issued for the brands Plainville Farms, Nature’s Promise and Wegman, on products produced from December 18-29, approximately 211,406 lbs. They were shipped to retailers nationwide with the establishment number EST. P-244. A recall was not requested, as it is believed that the products are no longer available for purchase. Because it is past expiration date, the meat would be in the potential consumer’s freezer.
Anyone who has the following ground turkey made by Plainville Brands in their freezers should throw it out:
1 pound packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% lean | 6% fat ground turkey with use by/freeze/sell by date of Jan. 1, Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 on the front of the package.
1 pound packages of Wegman 94% lean | 6% fat ground turkey with use by/freeze/sell by date of Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 on the front of the package.
3 pound packages of Wegman 94% lean | 6% fat ground turkey with use by/freeze/sell by date of Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 on the front of the package.
1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms ground white turkey 93% | 7% fat with use by/freeze/sell by date of Jan. 10 on the front of the package.
The packages have the establishment number “P-244” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s mark of inspection. They were made on December 18-29, 2020 and sold across the country with about 211,406 pounds produced.
In addition to two people who fell ill in New Jersey, there were seven sicknesses in Massachusetts and four apiece in New York and Pennsylvania. Three people were sickened in North Carolina, two in Virginia and one apiece in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, Missouri and Arizona.
Salmonellosis usually causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within six hours to six days after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment.