Nearly 39 tons of Butterball raw ground turkey products have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says.
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The agency said the recalled products were distributed across the United States to institutions and major grocery chains, including Kroger and Food Lion, CBS News reported.
Consumers with the recalled products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase, officials said.
"Because these products were packaged nine months ago, it is highly unlikely any of the product will be found in retail stores, but it is possible that consumers may have product in their freezers," Butterball said in a news release, CBS News reported.
The recalled products would have a use-or-sell-by date of July 26, 2018, but turkey can be stored unopened in the freezer for up to three years and still be safe to cook.
The contamination was discovered by federal and state health officials investigating a salmonella outbreak that sickened four people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota, CBS News reported.
Salmonella can cause symptoms such as abdominal cramps and fever 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness typically lasts four to seven days, but can be more dangerous for the elderly, infants and people with weakened immune symptoms.
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