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Food safety alert: Multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw turkey - Nutrition Action
Food safety alert: Multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw turkey
As Thanksgiving nears, contaminated turkey has sickened 164 people in 35 states
The outbreak of Salmonella Reading, which has been going on for nearly a year, has led to 164 illnesses, including 63 hospitalizations and one death.
“Multidrug resistance” means that some antibiotics won’t kill the strain of Salmonella Reading that’s responsible for the outbreak. Fortunately, most infections in the current outbreak are susceptible to antibiotics that are commonly used for treatment, “so this resistance likely will not affect the choice of antibiotic used to treat most people,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The illnesses have been linked to different types and brands of raw turkey products (including pet food), and investigators haven’t identified a single source or supplier. The Salmonella strain responsible for the outbreak could be widespread in the turkey industry, the CDC says.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t published the names of brands linked to the outbreak, so treat any raw turkey as if it could be contaminated.