The CDC has sounded the alarm about a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products impacting at least 26 states.
The 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.
The effects of a Salmonella outbreak can severely impact consumer health, employee health, reputation, and revenue.
What should food service facilities keep in mind to prevent and treat Salmonella outbreaks?
- Carefully review food storage and rotation procedures
- Ensure that effective cleaning procedures are in place and strictly followed
- Follow a comprehensive preventative maintenance schedule
- Act quickly at the first indication of an outbreak: Engage an HACCP-trained infection control expert to properly identify the source and retain a qualified remediator to provide emergency decontamination for the affected areas.
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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Turkey Products
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