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Thanksgiving, turkey and dangerous products

Thanksgiving is upon us and so turkey consumption is way up in Tennessee. This does not make this the ideal time for a large recall of turkey products, but Jennie-O has announced a recall of as many as 91,000 pounds of ground turkey because of a salmonella outbreak. While salmonella poisoning may be prevented by proper cooking and handling of raw poultry, the outbreak has nonetheless created dangerous products.

Jennie-O products are distributed nationwide. Of concern are the one pound packages of ground turkey that were produced on Sept. 11, 2018. The packages all bear the number P-190 inside of the USDA inspection mark. Any suspect packages should be returned to the point of purchase.

To date, 164 cases of salmonella poisoning have been reported. The most common symptoms of the of illness from salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. The symptoms typically appear within 12 to 72 hours of coming into contact with the infected product and will pass within four to 7 days. The very young and the very old are particularly susceptible and the symptoms could be more severe and may require hospitalization. Symptoms can be prevented by keeping hands and surfaces clean, separating raw meat from other foods, cooking to the appropriate temperature and keeping food chilled until it is cooked.

People in Tennessee who have contracted severe salmonella symptoms should contact a personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the facts of a case and advise the client as to what legal options are available regarding the dangerous products. A successful civil suit may provide compensation for medical costs and other documented damages.

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