Turkey Burgers Recall Announced

Turkey burgers recalled from Sam's Club stores around the country have totaled nearly 55,000 pounds, according to a CNN.com blog post.

Jennie-O Turkey Store announced the recall yesterday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service found that they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

On the FSIS website, the recalled batch was identified as All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasons Lean White Meat with a use by date of December 23, 2011. On the Jennie-O recall website, the company said that the meat is sold in four-pound boxes of 12 patties each, exclusively for sale at Sam's Club. Those who have already purchased the product, the website says, should not consume it, but return it to Sam's Club for a full refund.

The FSIS linked the burgers to a Salmonella outbreak after finding three people in Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin who all reported eating the ground turkey before they became ill. The most recent report of Salmonella poisoning from the alleged contamination was reported on March 14, 2011.

Salmonella poisoning, or salmonellosis, is one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. While most cases are not life-threatening, those with with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and chemotherapy patients, can be at risk of death if they contract the disease. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and headaches that last for up to seven days.

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