Salmonella Heidelberg is the latest newsmaking strain of salmonella. It's sweeping the country in ground turkey.
Of course I find this out only after having Turkey Robinson last week.
Anyway, it turns out that Salmonella Heidelberg is resistant to many of the drugs normally used to fight salmonella infections. That's not good. It also turns out that this particular strain of salmonella is scooting around the lower 48 in packages of ground turkey. Indeed, a company in Arkansas is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey because of the risk of salmonella. That's a lot of turkey burgers.
Salmonella is the most common food poisoning in the United States. This particular strain is extra nasty. The symptoms are usually a combination of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some folks -- especially the very young and the very old -- salmonella can be deadly.
The most important thing you can do is fully cook your meat and wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw poultry or other meats. I know I'm going to avoid Turkey Robinson for at least a couple weeks.
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