Thanksgiving Alert: Smoked Turkey Recalled over Listeria Risk

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Turkey recallWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, New Braunfels Smokehouse of Texas has recalled about 2,609 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast products that may be contaminated with Listeria, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service found the possible contamination through its sampling tests. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths as well as a potentially fatal infection in those with weakened immune systems. Even normally healthy people can suffer from a high fever, severe headache, a stiff neck and nausea.

The recalled turkey products were made on Aug. 4, 2010 and each package has the USDA inspection mark and number "P-975" inside the mark. The products were distributed nationwide, including through catalog and Internet sales.

The recalled products are:
  • 1-pound packages of "New Braunfels Smokehouse Sliced Smoked Turkey" with package code "2210" on the label.
  • 4- to 6-pound packages of "New Braunfels Honey-Glazed Spiral Sliced Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Boneless Breast of Turkey" with package code "2180" on the label.
  • 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of "Stegall Boneless Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast" with package code "2210" on the label.
  • 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of "Stegall Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast" with package codes "2180" or "2210" on the label.
Consumers with questions can call New Braunfels Smokehouse Customer Service Representative Susan Owens at (800) 537-6932.

The USDA recommends heating ready-to-eat foods until they are "steaming hot" and said all poultry should be cooked until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
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