Meat producer Cargill managed to dodge a disastrous crisis after their turkey was linked to the strain of Salmonella Heidelberg responsible for the death of one person and illness of 76 others.Instead, the food manufacturer gets a big pat on the back for their quick response in recalling 36 million pounds of turkey in 26 states — including New York — for possible contamination. It was one of the biggest food recalls ever.
Bill Marler, an attorney and food safety advocate, praised Cargill for being so thorough and “stepping up and recalling the product” on his blog, but criticism in the suspended meat episode is being directed at federal officials for their delayed reaction to the event, according to Food Safety News.
Months after Cargill’s initial recall and Salmonella-related illnesses peaked in March, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service finally issued a public health safety alert on July 29.
Here’s the complete list of suspended products.
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