Thu., August 4, 2011 1:59pm (EDT)

Grocers Pull Contaminated Turkey
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
 Meat giant Cargill has issued a recall of 36 million pounds of turkey meat. (photo by Biser Todorov via flickr)
Meat giant Cargill has issued a recall of 36 million pounds of turkey meat. (photo by Biser Todorov via flickr)
Officials are making sure food warehouses and groceries across the state are pulling recalled turkey meat that’s been linked to a salmonella outbreak. It's sickened dozens of people nationwide including one Georgian.

Reports of sickness caused by the contaminated meat date back to March. After conducting investigations and collaborating with federal officials, the meat giant Cargill traced the outbreak to a poultry processing plant in Arkansas. It’s issued a recall of 36 million pounds of fresh turkey.

Oscar Garrison heads the consumer protection division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. He says grocers are pulling the meat from shelves, but people should check their freezers for ground turkey products with dates back to February.

"It was a significant amount of product that the recall was issued on. They went back some period of time because this is a product someone could actually put in their freezer and then bring out at a later date and cook," says Garrison.

Seventy-six people have fallen ill from the bad meat nationwide and one Californian has died.

Health officials warn the salmonella strand is resistant to many antibiotics.

Recalled Cargill Ground Turkey Products

The products involved are Ground Turkey. All packages include Est. P-963 on the label. Products are listed below:


Ground Turkey Chubs – Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

* 10 lbs. Chubs of Honeysuckle White Fresh Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings


* 10 lbs. Chubs of Unbranded Ground Turkey w/ Natural Flavoring 2 Pack


* 80 oz. (5 lbs.) chubs of Riverside Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring


* 10 lb. Chub of Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh Lean HEB Ground Turkey 93/7


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring


* 4-1 Pound Packages of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring Value Pack


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey


* 48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey

85% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

* 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey


* 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey Colored with Paprika


* 19.2 oz. (1 lb. 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15


* 48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15


* 20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey


* 48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey


* 19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White Seasoned Italian Style Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings


* 20 oz. (1 lb. 4 oz.) trays of Safeway Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings * 15% Fat


o (NOTE: Sold in Texas only at Randall’s and Tom Thumb, Use or Freeze by 03/12/11 through 05/05/11)

93% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

* 19.2 oz. (1.20 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey


* 48 oz. (3.0 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey Family Pack


* 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Fit & Active Lean Ground Turkey 93/07


* 19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Giant Eagle Ground Turkey Fresh & Premium Lean


* 19.2 oz. (1 lb 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh Lean 93/7


* 20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey

Ground Patties

* 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties


Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15


Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11


* 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers with Natural Flavoring

NOTE: ONLY THE FOLLOWING USE OR FREEZE BY DATES ARE AFFECTED: 07/09/11, 07/10/11, 07/11/11, 07/15/11, 07/16/11, 07/21/11, 07/22/11, 07/24/11, 08/01/11 AND 08/04/11


Frozen Ground Turkey – Production Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/2/11

* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring


* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Spartan Ground Turkey


* 48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey


* 40 lb. Bulk Packed Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring For Food Service Use Only