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Hi-Line safe from tainted turkey

 


Montana officials have confirmed an outbreak of salmonella in Great Falls that was likely caused by eating tainted turkey.

Officials of the state Department of Public Health and Human Services said an Arkansas firm has recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey products due to possible contamination.

Kim Larson, Public Health program assistant for the Hill County Health Department, said that only two stores in the state had received infected turkey and had already dealt with it. Neither of them were in the Havre or Hi-Line areas.

The actions taken to remove the turkey after the contamination was identified had largely removed the problem already, Larson said.

While federal officials said some IGA and Walmart stores may have carried the turkey, managers at both Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods and Havre Walmart said that they were not carrying the brands associated with the recall.

Federal officials say the salmonella outbreak has sickened 107 people in 31 states as of Aug. 11.

A detailed list of locations that were carrying the brands can be found on the USDA website.

"Since the recall, DPHHS has worked with local health departments to ensure these products are no longer being sold in Montana, " Director Anna Whiting Sorrell said. "However, Montanans should be vigilant and check their freezers for this product and then either return it to the store or throw it out. This is also a good reminder that cooking meat thoroughly helps prevent salmonella infection. "

A detailed list of locations that were carrying the brands can be found on the USDA website.

 

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