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Cargill Recalls 185,000 Pounds of Ground Turkey Due to Salmonella

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) -- Cargill announced Sunday that it was voluntarily recalling an additional 185,000 pounds or so of fresh ground turkey products due to possible salmonella contamination.

This latest recall comes after the company issued one earlier last month involving approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products that were produced in Springdale, Arkansas -- the same facility affected in Sunday's recall.  The plant was shut down following the Aug. 3 recall but had since been reopened for production.

The new products in question were made at the Springdale plant on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31.  In reviewing the facility following the previous recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture still found low levels of salmonella, spurring Cargill to flag the additional turkey products.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are acting quickly in response to USDA’s sample testing," said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business.  "Although there are no known illnesses associated with this positive sample, it is the same Salmonella Heidelberg strain that resulted in our voluntary recall on Aug. 3, 2011."

"As a result of this latest USDA test result, we have suspended ground turkey production at our Arkansas facility," Willardsen added.

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