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Second Cargill Ground Turkey Recall as Salmonella Found Again

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By Admin on September 11, 2011 3:45 PM

Cargill announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday. A Cargill ground turkey plant in Arkansas has again showed evidence of salmonella.

The Minnesota-based Gargill recalled about 185,000 more pounds of ground turkey, the AP reports. 

The voluntary recall comes about a month after the company recalled 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey that health officials believe made more than 100 people sick in 26 states and caused at least one death.

The recalled turkey came from the same Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., that was the source of the tainted turkey recalled in August.

Health officials say the recalled turkey contains Salmonella Heidelberg, a strain of salmonella that is resistant to most commonly prescribed antibiotics, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The latest recalled turkey is labeled with the brand names Honeysuckle White, HEB and Kroger. All packages include the establishment number P-963 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Cargill has posted a list of the recalled products on its website.

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it had not found any illnesses caused by the latest turkey recalled. The first Cargill turkey recall followed a salmonella outbreak that federal health officials said had sickened 107 people in 31 states.

Cargill halted production of ground turkey products at the plant Aug. 2 in anticipation of the recall announced the next day, spokesman Mike Martin said. Equipment was taken apart and steam-cleaned. Limited production resumed Aug. 10 after the USDA approved additional anti-bacterial safety measures, Martin said.

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