The Salmonella explosion in Turkey sparked panic weeks before Thanksgiving

The salmonella epidemic in Turkey sparked panic weeks before Thanksgiving: 1 dead, 63 hospitalized and more than 100 meat patients bought in the United States

  • The CDC today announced a recent spike in raw meat infections and even pet food in recent weeks
  • The incriminating bacteria, Salmonella Reading, have been traced back to various products sold in the United States in the last year
  • The CDC and the USDA have claimed to have requested answers from the Turkish industry about what they are doing to reduce Salmonella contamination

Mia De Graaf health editor for Dailymail.com

One person died, 63 were in hospital and another 100 were sick after coming in contact with salmonella-infected turkey.

The CDC today announced a recent spike in raw meat infections and even pet food in recent weeks.

The incriminating bacteria, Salmonella Reading, have been traced to various products sold in the United States in the last year, "indicating that it could be widespread in the Turkish industry," the CDC said.

The update comes while sales of turkey meat are destined to reach their annual maximum a few weeks before Thanksgiving.

Wash your hands! The CDC urges Americans to take extra precautions since Salmonella appears to be very prevalent in Turkey's industry

Wash your hands! The CDC urges Americans to take extra precautions since Salmonella appears to be very prevalent in Turkey's industry

Wash your hands! The CDC urges Americans to take extra precautions since Salmonella appears to be very prevalent in Turkey's industry

The CDC and the USDA have claimed to have requested answers from the Turkish industry about what they are doing to reduce Salmonella contamination.

For now, they warn consumers to always handle the raw turkey carefully and to cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.

They say that eating properly cooked turkey-based products is fine, and retailers should not be afraid of selling raw turkey-based products.

However, once you arrive in the kitchen, pay close attention to cooking.

First, invest in a thermometer and make sure your turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 F before eating it.

Wash your hands and wash them well. Sing "happy birthday" twice – it will take you about 20 seconds.

Defrost the turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

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