Cargill Recalls 36 Million Pounds of Turkey Amid Salmonella Outbreak
Meat company Cargill has ordered the recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey produced from its plant in Springdale, Ark.
The recall, which covers both the fresh and frozen varieties of the ground meat, covers those produced between February 20 and August 2. Cargill made the decision to recall the meat in connection with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s hunt for the source of a new salmonella outbreak that has affected more than 70 people and killed at least one person.
Wednesday’s recall follows a string of salmonella-caused illness that began in March. The Associated Press said in a report that the outbreak now affects 26 states. Cargill said in a statement that the Springdale plant will not be producing any ground turkey while the source of the outbreak is still being identified. “Given our concern for what has happened, and our desire to do what is right for our consumers and customers, we are voluntarily removing our ground turkey products from the marketplace,” Cargill turkey processing business president Steve Willardsen said.