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Associated Press and Bill Marler are reporting that Cargill Value Added Meats – Retail (Springdale, AR) will announce a recall of 35,709,675 pounds – that is, 17,855 tons – of fresh, ground turkey meat before the day is out.

The recalled turkey meat may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that has sickened 77 people across the US since the beginning of March. One person – a resident of Sacramento County, California – has died and 38% of the outbreak victims for whom the information is available were hospitalized. Cases have been reported from 26 states so far; the outbreak is on-going and nation-wide.

I have just instructed my 80-something-year-old Aunt Anne to toss out her ground turkey meatloaf. She’s also tossing the recipe.

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