Raw turkey contaminated with salmonella

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - South Dakota is one of 26 states hit by a strain of Salmonella in raw turkey, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

So far, 90 cases of Salmonella poisoning have been reported with 40 people hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The contamination is from a variety of sources. People report eating different types and brands of turkey produces bought from many locations. The CDC has not pinpointed a single, common supplier of raw turkey yet. This means the outbreak might be widespread in the turkey industry.

At this time, the CDC is not recommending people avoid eating cooked turkey or that retailers stop selling raw products. But the CDC does offer the following tips:

Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick.

CDC advises consumers to follow these steps to help prevent Salmonella infection from raw turkey:
• Wash your hands. Salmonella infections can spread from one person to another. Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.
• Cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Turkey breasts, whole turkeys, and ground poultry, including turkey burgers, casseroles, and sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check, and place it in the thickest part of the food.
• Don’t spread germs from raw turkey around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw turkey. Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible.
• CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick. Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet.