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Cargill Inc. recalls more ground turkey

September 11, 2011 | 12:05 pm


A Minnesota-based food company recalled about 185,000 pounds of ground turkey Sunday that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The voluntary recall by Cargill Inc. comes about a month after the company recalled 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey that health officials believe caused illness in more than 100 people in 26 states and at least one death.

The recalled turkey came from the same Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., that was the source of the tainted turkey recalled in August.

Health officials say the recalled turkey contains Salmonella Heidelberg, a strain of salmonella that is resistant to most commonly prescribed antibiotics.

The latest recalled turkey is labeled with the brand names Honeysuckle White, HEB and Kroger. All packages include the establishment number P-963 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Cargill has posted a list of the recalled products on its website.

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it had not found any illnesses caused by the latest turkey recalled.

The recalled turkey was produced at the Arkansas plant on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31. Federal health officials said they collected samples at the plant after the previous recall and found turkey collected on Aug. 24 tested positive for Salmonella Heidelberg.

-- Hugo Martin

Photo: Turkeys at a U.S. turkey farm. Credit: Los Angeles Times