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Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2018

Last Updated: November 16, 2018.

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

More Raw Turkey Products Recalled

More than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey products from Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC have been recalled after some products tested positive for a salmonella strain associated with an outbreak linked to raw turkey products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recalled Jennie-O Turkey products were shipped nationwide, the USDA said. The samples with salmonella were produced on Sept. 11, 2018.

The salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products began in November 2017 and there have been 164 cases of illness in 35 states. One person in California died, and 63 people have been hospitalized, CNN reported.

Investigators have been unable to pinpoint a particular source of the salmonella-contaminated raw turkey, and "it might be widespread in the turkey industry," according to the CDC.

Salmonella has been detected in a range of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties, as well as in live turkeys and pet food, CNN reported.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the CDC says people should be extra careful when handling raw turkey. Wash your hands after touching it, thaw turkeys in the refrigerator instead of on the counter, and cook turkey products thoroughly.

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246 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Ground Beef: CDC

There have been 126 more cases of illness confirmed in a salmonella outbreak linked to recalled ground beef products from TBS Tolleson, Inc., bringing the total to 246 cases in 25 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Illnesses began between Aug. 5, 2018, and Oct. 16, 2018, and 59 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

On Oct. 4, 2018, Arizona-based JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled about 6.5 million pounds of ground beef and other beef products due to possible salmonella contamination.

The beef was produced between July 26, 2018, and Sept. 7, 2018, and is labeled with the establishment number "EST. 267." It was sold at more than 100 retailers nationwide, and a complete list of products and retailers is on the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Consumers can find out if they bought the recalled beef by calling their grocery store, the CDC said. The recalled beef should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, according to the CDC.

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Allergen Fears Spur Tortilla Chip Recall by Whole Foods

Tortilla chips that may contain undeclared milk have been recalled by Whole Foods Market.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could suffer a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the tortilla chips, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The recall is for 365 Everyday Value White Corn Tortilla Chips Salted-Party Size sold across the U.S. and in Canada. The chips are in 20 oz. bags with UPC code 9948247145 and best-by dates between January 24-25, 2019, printed on the front top of the packaging.

No allergic reactions associated with the recalled tortilla chips have been reported, according to the FDA.

The product has been removed from Whole Foods Market shelves. Consumers who bought the tortilla chips can return them for a full refund. For more information, call 1-844-936-8255.


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