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Butterball Turkey Recall Lawsuit: Salmonella Poisoning Lawyer

One of the nation’s top-selling brands of turkey has recalled approximately 39 tons of ground turkey poultry products after discovering that they could be tainted with salmonella

Latest Outbreak Information

  • Six people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund have been reported from 3 states.
    • Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 19, 2018 to February 2, 2019.
    • One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that ground turkey produced by Butterball, LLC is a likely source of this outbreak.
  • On March 13, 2019, Butterball, LLC recalledExternal approximately 78,164 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Free Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been the victim of salmonella food poisoning after eating Butterball brand ground turkey, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning lawsuit.

The lawyers at Johnson // Becker offer a Free Case Evaluation. Please contact us using the form below or by calling us at (800) 279-6386. We would be honored to speak with you and respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.

Nationwide Recall – salmonella schwarzengrund

On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Butterball, based in North Carolina, was recalling about 78,000 pounds of ground turkey products nationwide.

This turkey recall has been classified as a “Class I Recall,” meaning. The Butterball turkey recall is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

The ground turkey was distributed to institutions and major grocery chains across the country and may be contaminated with salmonella schwarzengrund.

Multi-State Outbreak of Salmonella Poisoning

FSIS and public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, have been investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund illnesses involving 5 case-patients from 2 states. Wisconsin collected three intact Butterball brand ground turkey samples from a residence where 4 of the case-patients live. The case patients and ground turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund isolates are closely related, genetically.

UPDATE 3/16/19 – Turkey Distributed to Food Banks: An incomplete list released Friday by the FSIS identified four locations that received the recalled product, including Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood, Minnesota; Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC in Raleigh, North Carolina; and St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, Wisconsin. A retailer, Market Basket, in Andover, Massachusetts, was also named and had the recall notice posted on its site.

Which Packages of Ground Turkey Have Been Recalled?

Below is a list of the specific ground turkey products that have been recalled for potential salmonella schwarzengrund contamination.

Images of Butterball turkey packaging

Images of Butterball turkey packaging

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

According to the USDA, the products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

Turkey Recall Lawsuit – Contacting a Salmonella Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been the victim of salmonella food poisoning after eating Butterball brand ground turkey, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning lawsuit.

The lawyers at Johnson // Becker offer a Free Case Evaluation. Please contact us using the form below or by calling us at (800) 279-6386. We would be honored to speak with you and respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.

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