Recalls Out for Ground Turkey, Blood Pressure Medication

From: CBS/Ozarks First

A pair of recalls have been issued over the last few days:

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc., is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products over possible salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.

The items that might be contaminated were shipped across the U.S. and produced on two days: October 22 and 23.

“The products subject to recall bear establishment number ‘EST. P-579′ inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the side of the tray,” the Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release.

The federal agency said it is concerned some products could be sitting in consumers’ freezers and urged people not to consume the recalled products.

‘These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” it said.

The recall announcement was made on the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the agency and officials across several states are looking into a multi-state salmonella outbreak connected with raw turkey products. As of Tuesday, 216 people across 38 states and the District of Columbia were reported to be infected with Salmonella Reading. One death from California was reported, while 84 people were hospitalized, the CDC said.

“The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry,” the CDC said in a notice.

It said that people who were ill “reported buying many different brands of raw turkey products from multiple stores.”

Meanwhile, a pharmaceutical company has recalled blood pressure medication after detecting trace amounts of a cancer-causing chemical. The Food and Drug Administration announced that Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets.

The FDA said the products  contain trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), which is a “substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes, and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen.”

Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). According to the Mayo Clinic, hypertension can “damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure.”

The FDA said that patients who are on Losartan should continue taking their medication, as stopping the treatment immediately may be harmful. The FDA advised patients to contact their pharmacist or physician about possible alternative treatment.

Visit the FDA website to see more information about the recalled medication.


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