North Carolina’s Butterball Issues Massive Recall of Over 78,000 lbs of Turkey

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North Carolina’s Butterball LLC has just issued a ‘Class 1’ (the worse class) recall for roughly 78,164 pounds of raw turkey products that might contain Salmonella Schwarzengrund, according to a press release by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The FSIS notes that consumption of any infected turkey could lead to “diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product…in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.”

The recalled turkey includes the following line of products;

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)”, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)”, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)”, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)”, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT”, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings”, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

The products were distributed to many major grocery chains, including; Kroger, Bi-Lo, and Food Lion.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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