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Salmonella outbreak in connection with raw turkey leaves more than 200 patients in the USA



(Reuters) – More than 200 people from the United States have become ill, 84 of them are in hospital. They had a continued outbreak of salmonella in conjunction with raw turkey products, which triggered a second voluntary recall on Friday, the US government said. Atlanta's recent Food Safety Advisor from the US Centers for Disease Control and Control (CDC) came as millions of Americans planned their Christmas holiday menus and updated the Contaminated Turkey Notice published in early November.

52 more people in 26 states and the District of Columbia fell ill with salmonella-infested turkey, bringing the total number of documented cases to 216 in 38 states and in the district. In California, a death was reported following an outbreak that began in October, the CDC reports.

The Canadian public health agency has reported 22 more turkey-related salmonella infections in four provinces – British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick – likely linked to the US outbreak.

The common variety of salmonella associated with the diseases has been widely used in various types of turkey products, including turkey, turkey patties, live turkeys and raw turkey feed, which is widely used in the turkey industry.

Not a single supplier has been identified.

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9 foods you should never eat raw

For more information, click here for nine foods you should not eat raw, and why.

Chicken

Between the processing plant and the supermarket, raw chicken can collect a lot of nasty little bugs that will take you to the hospital if eaten. so you should make sure that all chickens are at least 165 degrees cooked. And you do not have to rinse the chicken before you cook it: the bacteria are killed off during cooking, and the splash can affect your entire kitchen.

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Chaya

Chaya is a "superfood" found in Yucatan a favorite of the Mayans, which has not really (yet) prevailed in the US. It is similar to spinach but much tastier and only very small amounts of it can be eaten raw. Why? The leaves contain cyanide, which is obviously a deadly poison in large quantities. Cooking the leaves for five minutes will neutralize the toxin.

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Yucca

Like Chaya, yucca (or cassava root) also contains cyanide or cyanoglycosides, to be exact. The toxin is contained in high amounts in the leaves, so that it can not be eaten by insects and animals, but also some get into the edible root. To make this starchy tuber edible, it must be dried, soaked in water, rinsed and cooked as soon as possible after harvesting.

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Eggs

Sure, Rocky could down raw eggs everyday, but that does not mean it's smart. Raw eggs contain protein, as well as the ability to contain salmonella, which affects about one in 30,000 eggs. And because it is in the yolk, those affected should never take their yolk sauce.

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pits / seeds of apples, mangoes, peaches, pears and apricots

This you should not eat at all; Forget cooking first. When you break up seeds and pits of fruits that contain them, the inside is soft and seems to be edible. But do not eat it: it contains a chemical called amygdalin, which – as you guessed – can become cyanide (who knew that so many foods contained cyanide?). Fortunately, you would have to eat a lot of peach pits to get sick, but that would not be a coincidence.

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Green Potatoes

You know how often older potatoes can begin to discolor a funky green? Yes, you do not want to eat this part. If the potatoes get too much sunlight, a chemical called solanine can build up to a toxic level, and that's exactly what the green is. When consumed, it can cause headache, fatigue, nausea and stomach problems. Keeping your potatoes in a cool, dry place avoids this problem.

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Pork

Pork does not have to be cooked anymore, but you should still cook it beyond the middle point. Pork still has the potential to carry a few bugs: trichinosis, a roundworm; and pork tapeworm that can become up to 6 feet long in the gut of a pig. If the meat is eaten cooked, it can be transmitted to the parasite with unpleasant side effects. Most of these diseases came from the days when pigs were allowed to eat garbage and were largely eradicated by modern processing. It's still risky, and rare pork does not taste too good either.

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Raw Red Beans

If you were to take some raw kidney beans off the vine and eat them, they would not only be rude, but within a few hours you would feel nauseous have, vomit and have an upset stomach. The guilty? A natural toxin called lectin. Soak the beans in water for at least five hours before you start cooking, and you're fine.

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Rhubarb Leaves

You may have heard that rhubarb is poisonous when it is raw, but it is actually poisonous. The leaves should be avoided at all costs. The leaves contain incredibly high concentrations of a toxin called oxalic acid. When it is consumed, it can cause serious kidney damage and possibly even death. Even a small amount can make you sick, and 10 pounds are enough to kill you.

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Jennie-O Turkey Store of Minnesota Sales LLC has voluntarily recalled more than 164,000 pounds of ground turkey products on Friday. The company had recalled more than £ 91,000 over the same outbreak in mid-November.

With the exception of the recalled Jennie-O Basic Turkey, the CDC said it would not advise consumers to dispense cooked turkey products. Retailers may stop selling raw turkey products.

Anyone can get salmonella, but young children, the elderly, or immunocompromised people are at greater risk for serious illness.

Symptoms that usually appear 12 hours 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week.

Infection can best be thawed by thorough hand washing after handling poultry, by cooking the turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and by thawing frozen turkeys in the refrigerator rather than at room temperature, CDC said.

(Steve Gorman's report in Los Angeles, Editing by Joseph Radford)


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