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Do Not Gobble: 55,000 Pounds Of Jennie-O Turkey Recalled

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Approximately 54,960 pounds of Jennie-O frozen, "raw turkey burger products" may be contaminated with Salmonella prompting a nationwide recall, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The products subject to recall include 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® "All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat" -- each package containing 12, individually-wrapped, 1/3-pound burgers.

The products were packaged on November 23, 2010 and distributed nationwide with a use by date of "DEC 23 2011" and an identifying lot code of "32710" through "32780" located on the box above the opening tear strip. The establishment number "P-7760" is located within the USDA mark of inspection on the front of each box.

FSIS was initially notified of a salmonellosis patient by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, however the investigation has expanded to include 12 people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin who also have been diagnosed with Salmonella Hadar infection.

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FSIS urges consumers to take extra care when preparing raw turkey products:

To prevent salmonellosis and other foodborne illnesses, wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry, and cook poultry—including ground turkey burgers—to 165° F, as determined with a food thermometer.