CDC Food Safety Alert: Outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund Infections Linked to Butterball Ground Turkey
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 15, 2019
Contact: Media Relations
CDC advises consumers and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell recalled Butterball brand ground turkey, which is linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund infections. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/schwarzengrund-03-19/index.html.
- CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Butterball brand ground turkey.
- There have been 6 ill people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella reported from three states: Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
- One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
- Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 19, 2018 to February 2, 2019.
- On March 13, 2019, Butterball, LLC recalledexternal icon more than 78,000 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with the outbreak strain of Salmonella.
- Visit the USDA-FSIS website for a list of recalled productsexternal icon.
- This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
Advice to Consumers
- Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled turkey products and should check food storage and freezers for them.
- Consumers should check their homes for the recalled Butterball brand ground turkey, which is labeled with the establishment number “EST. P-7345”.
- Do not eat recalled ground turkey. Return it to the store or throw it away.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled ground turkey.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.
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