Butterball Recalls 78,000 Pounds of Raw Ground Turkey Products

The ground turkey subject to the Butterball turkey recall could be in the back of your freezer, so please read on.

In most cases, ground turkey is a lean and healthy choice. But Butterball is recalling approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund, a rare strain of Salmonella.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Butterball turkey recall.

What ground turkey products should I look for?

It turns out that six separate raw ground turkey products were shipped to retailers and are now subject to this recall. Most were sold under the Butterball brand, but store-brand ground turkey at Kroger and Food Lion are also involved.

Below, you’ll find a list of the product names and what to look for on the labels. The recalled products were all produced on July 7, 2018 and marked with a “sell or freeze by” date of July 26, 2018.

The dates mean any Butterball turkey is likely hidden in the back of your freezer—so now’s a good time to clean it out and get organized.

How to double-check your ground turkey

The ground turkey products you should be on the lookout for are:

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with UPC code 22655-71556 on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with UPC code 22655-71546 on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with UPC code 111141097993 on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with UPC code 3582609294 on the label.

You can compare the label PDFs to what you might have at home.

If you find any of the affected products, you should throw them away or return them for a full refund. You can also contact Butterball with any recall-related questions at 800-288-8372.

This is what you need to know about Salmonella and how to avoid it.

What prompted the Butterball turkey recall?

It was the result of a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) investigation into five cases of Salmonella Schwarzengrund. Four were in one household in Wisconsin, where Butterball-brand ground turkey samples were found.

The Butterball turkey recall is the latest in a line of Salmonella recalls—including the recent Gold Medal flour recall.

How can I avoid getting salmonella?

It’s important to wash your hands regularly while cooking, as well as your kitchen tools and surfaces, and anything that touches raw meat. In addition, make sure everything you serve reaches the correct temperature before you give it a nibble.

To find out more about food safety, you can “Ask Karen” 24/7 by going to AskKaren.gov.

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Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.