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Deaths Linked To Recalled Turkey

December 15, 2000

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) _ Four deaths have been linked to bacteria-contaminated turkey products that were recalled this week, government health officials said Friday.

Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. announced this week that it is recalling 16.7 million pounds of its cooked products, including sliced turkey breast, Cajun-fried turkey and smoked turkey, because of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Sonja Olsen, a epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there have been 28 cases of listeriosis involving Cargill products since July. She said the outbreak has caused four deaths as well as three miscarriages or stillbirths.

The bacteria produce flu-like symptoms and can be especially dangerous to pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

The recalled food was produced from May 1 to Dec. 11 and distributed to grocery stores, restaurants and other institutions in the United States, Iceland and Venezuela.

Cargill scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon.


Consumers can call Cargill Turkey Products at 888-621-2717.


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