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Ask Dr. Nandi: Don't let Salmonella make your Thanksgiving a turkey

Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 17:25:46-05

(WXYZ) — In our Health Alert tonight, is turkey on the menu for next week’s Thanksgiving feast? If so, you need to be aware of Salmonella.

The CDC tracked a multistate salmonella outbreak and says that even though the number of cases has decreased, the risk of getting sick is still very real. .

In the CDC’s report that involved 42 states, a total of 358 cases of salmonella infections were reported. 44 percent of those who were sickened ended up in the hospital, and one person died. And despite the outbreak investigation being closed, cases are still being identified. So we still really need to be careful.

The CDC could not pinpoint the source to a particular facility or common supplier. In fact, they found that this outbreak was all throughout the turkey industry. It involved whole turkeys, ground turkey, and turkey parts.

Salmonella wasn’t just found on raw turkey, but also in pet food, and turkeys that were still alive. So because of this, the CDC reached out to the National Turkey Federation and are looking for ways to reduce Salmonella contamination.

Education is key. Knowing how to handle and cook a turkey is vital to not getting sick. So here’s what my family will be doing at our thanksgiving feast:

  1. Keep the turkey in the fridge in a bag that’s not going to leak.
  2. When handling turkey, keep it far away from other foods. Don’t use the same cutting board or utensils either.
  3. Always wash your hands thoroughly and anything else that the turkey and its juices might have come into contact with.
  4. And always, always, make sure your turkey is cooked. You don’t want to eat undercooked turkey. So use a thermometer and roast it until it’s 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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