Tainted turkey recalled after illnesses

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Federal Government has ordered the recall of 36-million pounds of ground turkey, reportedly made at an Arkansas processing plant.

The USDA says all the product is believed to have been made at a Cargill Plant in Springdale, Arkansas.

The meat has been linked to one death in California and at least 77 other Salmonella cases in 26 states, including three in Alabama.

Government health officials say they still do not have enough information to issue a recall for specific brands or companies associated with the dozens of infections, but Cargill is.

A complete list can be found on their website: http://www.cargill.com/turkey-recall/

The Federal Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert about the possibility of Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to ground turkey.  That is a strain that is resistant to antibiotics.

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