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Outbreak Summary

On April 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert relating to the sale of hundreds of thousands of pounds of ground turkey that has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Hadar illnesses. Although it is believed that the contaminated poultry is no longer for sale, people may have contaminated product in their freezer. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Information regarding the specific products implicated is below.

At least 33 people in 14 states have already been sickened in this outbreak. The reported illnesses are concentrated in the Northeast, but cases have been reported as far away as Arizona. Four people have been hospitalized.

As of May 18, 2021, the CDC declared this outbreak over. But OFT’s Salmonella Lawyers continue to investigate. Please contact us using the form on this page or call us at 888-828-7087 if you have been affected by or have information relevant to this outbreak.

More Details

Outbreak of Salmonella Hadar Linked to Ground Turkey from Plainville Brands, LLC

At least 33 people in 14 states were sickened in an outbreak of Salmonella Hadar linked to raw ground turkey produced by Plainville Brands, LLC. Illnesses linked to the ground turkey have been reported in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:

Implicated Ground Turkey Products

The raw ground turkey products were produced on December 18, 2020 through December 29, 2020. The following products are subject to the public health alert:

  • 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 1-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 3-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

Salmonella Hadar

There are more than 2,500 serotypes of Salmonella, but fewer than 100 cause infections in humans. One of these strains, called Hadar, has been implicated in the current outbreak. Salmonella poisoning can be so severe that it requires people to be hospitalized, and indeed at last two people have been hospitalized because of this current outbreak.

Salmonella can even be fatal when the infection leaves the intestines and travels to the bloodstream or other parts of the body. It is also possible to experience long-term side effects, including joint pain known as reactive arthritis, which is also known as Reiter’s Syndrome. This can last for months or years and result in chronic arthritis, which is difficult to treat. Reactive arthritis can also lead to eye irritation and painful urination. In rare cases, some types of Salmonella cause typhoid fever, which can be fatal.

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers Can Help

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers was built to get the answers you need and the results you deserve. We have recovered millions for our clients and have forced the food industry to become safer for all of us.

Our Salmonella lawyers are renowned within the food safety industry, believe in the cases we take, and have the courtroom experience to get results. We handle food injury cases nationwide and are ready to put our knowledge, experience, and resources behind your case.

Contact us for more information

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers is a national law firm that focuses on food safety and protection of those who have been infected. We have experience with all types of outbreaks, including Salmonella. We offer free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by a food poisoning outbreak, and will offer honest advice about whether it makes sense to file a Salmonella lawsuit.

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