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A look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list of retail stores carrying Jennie-O products potentially affected by the turkey Salmonella outbreak reveals many of the country’s most well-known names.

The outbreak has accounted for 216 illnesses in 38 states so far, according to the most recent update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), posted on Dec. 21. A total of 84 victims have been hospitalized, and one of them has died.

Turkey Salmonella outbreak affects big retailers

A look at the USDA list of retail stores carrying Jennie-O products potentially affected by the raw turkey Salmonella outbreak reveals some big names, including Target, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.

Turkey Salmonella outbreak:
Target, Walmart lead way

All Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are included on the list of retail outlets that were carrying recalled Jennie-O ground turkey products. Other big-box outlets on the recall list are Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and all Superior Super Warehouse stores in California.

The first recall, instituted by a Jennie-O establishment in Barron, Wisconsin, was made on Nov. 15 and involved more than 147,000 pounds of products. The recalled products bear establishment number “P-190” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The second recall was made Dec. 21 by Jennie-O in Faribault, Minnesota, and involved more than 164,000 pounds. The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. P-579” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the side of the tray.

That’s a total of more than 310,000 pounds of recalled products.

Turkey Salmonella outbreak:
regional outlets affected, too

Those large national chains are not the only stores affected by the recall. Regional outlets involved include:

  • Albertson’s, all stores in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada;
  • H-E-B, all stores in Texas;
  • Kroger’s, all stores in Michigan;
  • Jewel Osco, all stores in Illinois;
  • Raley’s chains (Raley’s, Nob Hill Foods, Bel Air Markets) in California and Nevada;
  • Ralph’s, all stores in California;
  • Safeway, all stores in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada;
  • and all Save Mart chain stores (Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx) in California.

The home states of the Jennie-O recalls, Minnesota (60) and Wisconsin (48), have the most stores among the 13 states in the individual state breakdown.

Turkey Salmonella outbreak:
about salmonellosis

The CDC estimates that Salmonella produce 1.2 million illnesses – called salmonellosis – each year in the United States. Approximately 23,000 victims will need to be hospitalized, and about 450 of them will die.

The illness can develop anywhere from 12 hours to 72 hours after eating food contaminated with Salmonella. As with most types of food poisoning, symptoms can include:

  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramps and vomiting
  • fever and chills.

Symptoms can last as long as a week, and most victims recover without needing to see a doctor for treatment. In some cases, however, diarrhea becomes so severe that dehydration occurs, and then a hospital stay is necessary.

Complications are plentiful

Children under the age of 5, senior citizens, and anyone with a weakened immune system – including pregnant women – are the groups most susceptible to developing a serious complication.

Complications can occur when Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream, and they can include the following conditions:

  • endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart’s inner lining that usually involves the heart valves
  • meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord
  • osteomyelitis, which is an inflammation of the bone that targets the legs, arms, or spine
  • reactive arthritis (also called Reiter’s syndrome), which is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in response to a Salmonella infection elsewhere in the body.
Pregnancies at risk

A pregnant woman who becomes ill from salmonellosis can experience the following complications:

  • miscarriage
  • premature labor
  • stillbirth.

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