Drug-resistant salmonella strain found in Jeanie-O turkey burgers

Nearly 55,000 pounds of Jeanie-O Stores brand frozen raw turkey burgers distributed nationwide and sold at Sam’s Club Stores are being recalled because the burgers may be contaminated with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella known as Salmonella Hadar. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 12 reports of infections in people ranging in age from 1 to 86 since January.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some patients, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The Salmonella Hadar strain is of particular concern because it is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics.

Illnesses were reported in 10 states with three in Wisconsin, and one each in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Washington. Three people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

The recall includes  4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® “All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat”. Each box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers. A use by date of “DEC 23 2011” and an identifying lot code of “32710” through “32780” are inkjetted on the side panel of each box, just above the opening tear strip. Establishment number “P-7760” is located within the USDA mark of inspection on the front of each box. The products were packaged on Nov. 23, 2010 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

Consumers should not eat the turkey burgers but should return them to a Sam’s Club Store for a full refund.