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 28 people in 12 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. Two people have been hospitalized.
This is a developing situation, and our investigation continues. This page will update as more information becomes known. 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.
At least 28 people in 12 states have been 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, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:
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:
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.
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