LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Cargill Inc unit is recalling roughly 36 million lbs of fresh and frozen ground turkey products due to possible contamination from an antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strain believed to be linked to one known death.
Cargill Value Added Meats Retail said it has suspended production of ground turkey products at its Springdale, Arkansas, turkey processing facility until it is able to find the source of Salmonella contamination at the plant and take corrective actions, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
The company said it is immediately recalling Honeysuckle White, Shady Brook Farms and several other turkey products that were produced at the facility from February 20 through August 2.
Other turkey products produced at Springdale are not part of the recall.
A multistate outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg believed to be caused by eating contaminated ground turkey has sickened 77 people and resulted in one death in California, according to U.S. health authorities.
Cargill, a U.S. agribusiness firm, owns four turkey processing facilities in the United States and no products from the other three are involved in the recall, the company said.
The company urged consumers to return any opened or unopened packages of ground turkey items included in the recall to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. A full list of affected products is at http://www.cargill.com/wcm/groups/public/@ccom/documents/document/na3047772.pdf.
(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)