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    Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey

    Production halted at Arkansas plant; investigation under way

    Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., initiated a Class I voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at its Springdale, Ark., facility from Feb. 20, 2011, through Aug. 2, 2011, due to possible contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg

    All of the recalled Class I products carry the highest health risk and were produced at the company's Springdale plant, which has since been suspended until the source can be pinpointed and corrective actions are taken, according to the company. Products include chubs of fresh and frozen ground turkey meat, retail trays of ground turkey and ground turkey patties sold at grocery stores including Kroger, H-E-B, Giant Eagle and Safeway, among others (see below).

    “While facts continue to be gathered, and currently there is no conclusive answer regarding the source of Salmonella Heidelberg contamination,” said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business. “Public health and the safety of consumers cannot be compromised. It is regrettable that people may have become ill from eating one of our ground turkey products and, for anyone who did, we are truly sorry. We go to great lengths to ensure the food we produce is safe and we fully understand that people expect to be able to consume safe food, each serving, every time.”

    Willardsen added that the company is "closely examining every aspect of our production process and have identified enhancements to our procedures in our efforts to ensure safe food. Eliminating food borne illness is always our goal.”

    Other turkey products produced at Springdale are not part of the recall. Cargill owns four turkey processing facilities in the U.S. and no products from the other three are involved in the recall.

    Consumers are urged to return any opened or unopened packages of ground turkey items listed for a full refund.

    All of the recalled ground turkey product packages, which include Est. P-963 on the label, include:

    Ground Turkey Chubs – Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
    10 lbs. Chubs of Honeysuckle White Fresh Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
    10 lbs. Chubs of Unbranded Ground Turkey w/ Natural Flavoring 2 Pack
    80 oz. (5 lbs.) chubs of Riverside Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
    10 lb. Chub of Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
    16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh Lean HEB Ground Turkey 93/7
    16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15
    16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
    4-1 Pound Packages of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring Value Pack
    16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey
    48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey
    85% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
    19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
    19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey Colored w/ Paprika
    19.2 oz. (1 lb. 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15
    48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15
    20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
    48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack
    16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
    19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White Seasoned Italian Style w/ Natural Flavorings
    20 oz. (1 lb. 4 oz.) trays of Safeway Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings * 15% Fat
    (NOTE: Sold in Texas only at Randall’s and Tom Thumb, Use or Freeze by 03/12/11 through 05/05/11)
    93% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
    19.2 oz. (1.20 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey
    48 oz. (3.0 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey Family Pack
    19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Fit & Active Lean Ground Turkey 93/07
    19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Giant Eagle Ground Turkey Fresh & Premium Lean
    19.2 oz. (1 lb 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh Lean 93/7
    20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey

    Ground Patties
    16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties
    Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
    16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15
    Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
    16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers with Natural Flavoring

    NOTE: ONLY THE FOLLOWING USE OR FREEZE BY DATES ARE AFFECTED: 07/09/11, 07/10/11, 07/11/11, 07/15/11, 07/16/11, 07/21/11, 07/22/11, 07/24/11, 08/01/11 AND 08/04/11

    Frozen Ground Turkey – Production Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/2/11
    16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
    16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Spartan Ground Turkey
    48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
    40 lb. Bulk Packed Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring For Food Service Use Only

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