WASHINGTON (AP) - Meat giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of turkey after a government hunt for the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person in California and sickened dozens more.
The Agriculture Department and the Minnesota-based company announced Wednesday evening that Cargill is recalling fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company's Springdale, Ark., plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2 due to possible contamination from the strain of salmonella linked to 76 illnesses and the one death.
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The Cargill ground turkey recall affects over 35 million pounds of ground turkey chubs, 85 percent ground turkey, 93 percent ground turkey, and ground patties, all with a use or freeze by date of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11, as well as frozen ground turkey with production dates of 2/20/11 through 8/2/11.
In announcing the recall, Cargill officials said all ground turkey production has been suspended at the Springdale plant until the company is able to determine the source of the outbreak.