Written by Gerry Pugliese
Talk about bad timing, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, a Texas firm has recalled 2,600 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast products due to possible contamination with a potentially deadly bacteria.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the turkey products by New Braunfels Smokehouse were sold nationwide, including catalog and internet sales - which is insanely gross.
The turkey may contain listeria, a form of bacteria that can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, convulsions, and weakened immune system.
The products recalled include 1 pound packages of sliced smoked turkey (product coded 2210) and sliced hickory smoked turkey (2180), each package is marked with USDA inspection number P-975. That is code for “you'll puke.”
Contaminated poultry is no surprise. This summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed poultry the number one culprit for food poisoning and food borne illness. Not so finger lickin' good!
But poultry isn't always the bad guy. Sometimes vegetables get can be tainted too. Most recently cilantro used in Trader Joe and California Pizza Kitchen salads was recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.
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