Heads up! There are recalled smoked turkeys on the loose.
New Braunfels Smokehouse of Texas has recalled 2,609 pounds of (not so) ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast. The turkey may be contaminated with Listeria. For those of you scoring at home, Listeria is a bacteria named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery, Joseph Lister. Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially lethal food-borne infection. In addition, Listeria can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and a potentially fatal infection in those with weakened immune systems. Even in people with healthy immune systems, it can wreak havoc.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service found the possible contamination in the course of routine sampling. The turkey products in the smoked turkey recall were made August 4, 2010 and bear the mark "P-975." The turkey was sold nationwide.
According to The Associated Press, the recalled turkey includes:
If you have a turkey-related question, contact New Braunfels Smokehouse at 800-537-6932.