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Jennie-O recalls even more turkey due to salmonella threat

This is the Minnesota brand's second recall since last month

The salmonella risk from certain Jennie-O ground turkey products appears to have worsened, as even more of the company's items are being recalled.

The recall, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday, comes a little more than a month after a similar recall involving the Minnesota turkey brand.

But this time, over 82 tons – or 164,000 pounds – of product are affected, a significant jump from the 46 tons recalled in November. 

The products in question include the "93 percent lean" and "85 percent lean" labels, as well as "Taco seasoned" and "Italian seasoned" varieties, all with "use or freeze by" dates of 11/12/18 or 11/13/18 (see the recall notice for every specific variety on the list).

Federal officials say each of the products have establishment number “EST. P-579” inside the USDA mark of inspection, or on the side of the tray.

Investigators traced the salmonella outbreak back to a Jennie-O product found in the home of a Michigan resident who had fallen ill from the bacteria, the USDA says.

Since then, officials have uncovered "an illness cluster involving 216 case-patients in 38 states and the District of Columbia."

They point out that a number of the patients reported eating a variety of brands bought at many different stores, while others had handled live turkeys. 

Common symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, cramping and fever within 12-72 hours of eating the product. The sickness can last 4-7 days.

Most people recover without treatment, but hospitalization may be needed, especially for older adults, infants and people with weakened immune systems.

Jennie-O, which is owned by Hormel Foods, is based in Faribault. 

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