Cargill Turkey Recall: Part 2

Cargill jumps back on the recall train with a second recall of ground turkey products yesterday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month.

This recall is smaller than the 36 million pounds of ground turkey that Cargill recalled last month. The toll from that recall was high: 107 sick and one dead. No illnesses have yet been tied to this recall of 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products.

What is a bit disconcerting is that Cargill had said after the first recall that it added two additional anti-bacterial washes to its processing procedure and put in place “the most advanced sampling and monitoring system in the poultry industry.” Is that really true? If it is, the “most advanced” in the industry is still unsafe. That’s a daunting prospect. Salmonella already kills most of the 3,000 people who die each year of food poisoning.

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