CDC and state health officials are investigating two multistate outbreaks of Salmonella — a newly announced outbreak involving raw turkey products and an outbreak linked to grocery store pasta salad.
The CDC said there have been 90 reported Salmonella Reading cases in 26 states linked to raw turkey products, resulting in 40 hospitalizations and no deaths.
An outbreak of Salmonella Sandiego linked to spring pasta salad sold at Hy-Vee grocery stores includes 21 cases in five states, with five hospitalizations and no deaths, the agency reported. Hy-Vee has voluntarily recalled the product, according to the FDA.
The first illnesses associated with raw turkey products began on Nov. 20, 2017. According to the CDC, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys, though the exact source has not been determined.
The CDC said the outbreak is being monitored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). According to the CDC, the contamination may be widespread in the turkey industry. The CDC and the USDA-FSIS have shared this information with industry representatives.
No raw turkey products have been recalled and retailers have not been instructed to stop selling turkey products. Moreover, the CDC has not advised individuals to avoid properly cooked turkey products.
The agency said it will continue to update information as more details, such as a specific supplier or type of raw turkey linked to the illnesses, become available.
CDC. Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/reading-07-18/index.html. Accessed July 19, 2018.
CDC. Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Hy-Vee spring pasta salad. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/sandiego-07-18/index.html. Accessed July 19, 2018.