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Aug032011

Turkey Plant May Be Salmonella Link

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- According to The New York Times, federal officials said on Tuesday that they were investigating an apparently link between ground turkey meat and a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that has so far killed one person and sickened at least 76 more in 26 states.

Although no meat has been recalled, federal officials have said that evidence found points to a single ground turkey factory. They have declined to identify it or the company involved, but the meat processor Cargill said that it had been contacted by the Agriculture Department and was asked to provide information as part of the ongoing investigation.

 “We are cooperating with the agency’s ongoing investigation into the source of the illnesses,” Mike Martin, a Cargill spokesman, said in an e-mail message.

Food safety advocates said the outbreak was particularly alarming because it involved a strain of salmonella that is resistant to antibiotics.

U.S.D.A. spokesman Neil Gaffney said in an e-mail that so far, there was not enough evidence that “conclusively links these illnesses to any specific product or establishment. Without specific enough data, it would not be appropriate to issue a recall notice.”

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