MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota is one several states where people have gotten sick due to a salmonella outbreak that appears to be linked to eating ground turkey.

The Centers for Disease Control said one person has died and 76 people have gotten sick.

The government has not said who produced the ground turkey meat and has not issued a recall.

The agriculture department sent out an alert about the illnesses last week. They also urged people to properly cook their meat, which can decrease the chances of salmonella poisoning.

At least one person in Minnesota had an illness linked to the outbreak. Minnesota Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz said a 70-year-old woman from Carver County was hospitalized and survived the illness that came on in late March.

The highest numbers of people sick are in Michigan and Ohio.

Food safety advocates are pushing for a recall.

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Comments (13)
  1. Sam I am says:

    Why isn’t this bigger news.

  2. NnNewsIsGoodNews says:

    Wwwhat! haven’t heard a thing about this… DB Cooper and budget talks took precedence in the news

  3. Joel Havel says:

    Wwwhat! haven’t heard a thing about this… DB Cooper and budget talks took precedence in the news

  4. dan says:

    Skip the Turkey burger and stick with the real beef!

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      Just cook the turkey burger like chicken well done at proper temperature! What’s so hard about that!!!

  5. NebbishMN says:

    So, the Government’s not going to tell us who the manufacturer/distributor is, but yet, they’re issuing a report and telling us how to properly cook poultry. What? Cant afford to get sued, CDC? Is that it? What happens when there is an apocalyptic pandemic that threatens the entire world……..silence??

  6. SnowFire says:

    you bring up an interesting point – should this government program be liable? Isn’t it one of the programs that make this country socialist? Some say “socialist” is bad and in order to reduce taxes there must be another way other than another government program. Much less to think it could be sued. Another way – some say the CDC hasn’t released details around this out break because of big business interest it could impact. Maybe just get rid of the CDC and leave these tasks to the free enterprise system so we can cut taxes on the wealthy and big business. Following that same line of thinking this will help create jobs and improve the economy.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      Are you on the correct thread. What does turkey burgers and possible salmonella epidemic outbreak have to do with your political tirade? Probably most people didn’t cook the turkey properly and with the hot weather they didn’t take proper storage procedures into account. Many folks DO NOT know how to properly cook ground turkey. Do you?

  7. Ruth says:

    What has happened to “quality control” in this country? If the inspectors were doing their job properly, we shouldn’t have to worry about salmonella and other probjes with meat and produce we buy. The manufacturers of ANY product like this should be held accountable!

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      You are correct that “quality control” is paramount in food processing. However, the consumer should be well advised on cooking the products thoroughly to curtail most pathogens from affecting the serving and eating of this products. Food safety is lacking at times in this country.

  8. Turkey Neck says:

    The world is over populated, GOBLE, GOBLE.

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