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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Cargill Ground Turkey Recall

By August 3, 2011

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Ground Turkey RecallAfter issuing a public health alert about frozen and fresh ground turkey products which were likely linked to Salmonella infections in 26 states, Cargill Value Added Meats and the USDA have formally announced a recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey. The USDA has indicated that this is a Class I recall, meaning that there is a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death" and the health risk is high.

Most national grocery store chains seem to be affected by the recall, including Kroger, Safeway, Aldi, Giant Eagle, and HEB, etc., and other stores that sell the Honeysuckle White, Shady Brook Farms, and Spartan brands.

The recalled ground turkey was produced at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Arkansas and includes a large number of different types of ground turkey products, all of which have Est. P-963 on the label:

  • Ground Turkey Chubs - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
  • 5% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
  • 93% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
  • Ground Turkey Patties - Use or Freeze by Dates of 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

If you have any of the recalled ground turkey products, return them to the store that you bought them from for a full refund.

The full list of recalled Cargill ground turkey product includes:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15
  • 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers with Natural Flavoring
  • 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

Also be sure to check the specific use or freeze by dates to make sure your ground turkey has been recalled.

And watch for salmonella symptoms if you or your kids recently ate one of the recalled foods.

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Comments
August 5, 2011 at 11:52 am
(1) Alice says:

Is the Honeysuckle White Turkey Breakfast Sausage included in the recall? The number P963 appears on the package.

August 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

Honeysuckle White Turkey Breakfast Sausage does not seem to be on the current recall list.

060-2011, Ground Turkey Products ( Salmonella )

August 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm
(3) D says:

is the frozen bag of turkey burgers included in the recall, i cant find a date on the package no where?

August 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(4) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

“is the frozen bag of turkey burgers included in the recall, i cant find a date on the package no where?”

Is there a brand name on the bag? What size bag?

Several ground patties of were in the ground turkey recall, including:

* 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties with “Use by” 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, with “Use by” 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 with the following “Use by” or “Freeze by” dates: 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, or 08/04/11

If you still can’t figure out if they have been recalled, consider calling the store where you bought them or contacting Cargill’s consumer relations toll free telephone number at 1-888-812-1646.

You can also view the label information from Cargill (pdf).

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