Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Turkey
Posted May 18, 2021
This outbreak is over. Always handle and cook ground turkey safely to help prevent foodborne illness.
- Illnesses: 33
- Hospitalizations: 4
- Deaths: 0
- States: 14
- Recall: No
- Investigation status: Closed
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Always follow these four food safety steps:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw turkey.
- Wash cutting boards, utensils, dishes, and countertops that have touched raw turkey using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
- Do not wash raw turkey. Washing raw turkey can spread turkey juices and contaminate your sink, countertops, utensils, and other foods.
- Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey.
- Keep raw turkey separate from food that won’t be cooked.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure you have cooked or reheated the turkey to 165°F, a temperature high enough to kill germsexternal icon.
- Refrigerate leftovers at 40°F or below within 2 hours (within 1 hour if it is hotter than 90°F).
- Thaw turkey in the refrigerator, not on the counter.