September 12, 2011
Cargill Announces A Second Recall Of Ground Turkey
Cargill Inc. has announced another recall of ground turkey products on Sunday after tests showed salmonella in a sample from an Arkansas plant.
The company recalled 36 million pounds of turkey products from the same Arkansas plant earlier last month. That recall came after a salmonella outbreak federal health officials said killed one person and sickened 107 others.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the second recall has not been tied to any illnesses, but was initiated after a sample from the company's plant in Springdale, Arkansas shoed up tainted.
The agency said the sample that tested positive for salmonella was taken on August 24. It said it was the same strain of salmonella tied to the earlier illnesses.
Mike Martin, a spokesman for Cargill, said the company added two additional anti-bacterial washes to its processing process in the plant after the first recall and instituted "the most advanced sampling and monitoring system in the poultry industry."
He said the problem is that salmonella is "ubiquitous" and can come from soil, water, poultry feed and other sources.
"Food safety is a top priority and taken extremely seriously at Cargill because we know that millions of people throughout the U.S. are eating food that we produce every day and we want to do everything we can to make sure that people are getting the safest food possible," Martin said in a statement.
He said ground turkey product at the plant has been suspended again while the company looks at what other safety procedures might be needed.
The USDA said the second recall covers about 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products, including trays of ground meat, patties and chubs.
The products were distributed nationwide under the Kroger, Fresh HEB and Cargill's Honeysuckle White brands.
Martin said consumers who bought products bearing the "P-963" or "963" number on the package can call 1-888-812-1646 for instructions on what to do.
The USDA said the recalls cover products made August 23 and 24. Cargill is also recalling ground turkey made on August 30 and 31 pending a positive match with a sample.
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