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Cargill Ground Turkey Salmonella Toll Increased – 129 sick and 1 dead – Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio Hit Hardest

Screen Shot 2011-10-02 at 5.19.01 AM.pngA total of 129 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from in 34 states with illness onset dates between February 27 and September 13, 2011. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (6), Colorado (4), Connecticut (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (16), Indiana (1), Iowa (2), Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (12), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri (7), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), North Carolina (4), Ohio (12), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (6), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (17), Utah (1), Vermont (1), and Wisconsin (4).

Among persons for whom information is available, illnesses began on or after February 27, 2011. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 90 years old, with a median age of 23 years old. Fifty-six percent are male. Among the 88 ill persons with available information, 33 (38%) have been hospitalized. One death has been reported.

On August 3, 2011, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Arkansas, establishment, recalled approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. The products subject to recall are all ground turkey and bear the establishment number “P-963″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

On September 11, 2011, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation recalled another 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products after product samples at the plant tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg based on sample results from an intensive in-plant investigation performed by FSIS. On September 27, 2011 FSIS reported that one positive sample was confirmed to have the outbreak strain and the isolate was multidrug resistant.