Seven people in Massachusetts are part of a 12-state Salmonella Hadar ground turkey outbreak. Health officials say multiple brands tested positive for the outbreak strain. So far, three of them have been disclosed:  Plainville Farms, Wegmans and Nature’s Promise. Several retailers sold these products including Wegmans, Food Lion, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Hannaford and Stop & Shop. Health officials believe the affected lots of these products are no longer on stores shelves but are concerned consumers may have them in their freezers.

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This ground turkey Salmonella outbreak includes 28 illnesses in 12 states. In addition to Massachusetts, the 11 other states reporting illnesses are: Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The patients range in age from 1 to 92 years old. They reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from December 28, 2020 to March 4, 2021. Two of them required hospitalization.

Ground turkey Salmonella Hadar outbreak Plainville, Wegmans Nature's Promise
The case count from each state is: AZ (1), CT (1) IN (1), MA (7), ME (1), MO (1), NC (3), NH (1), NJ (2), NY (4), PA (4), and VA (2).

Salmonella Hadar Ground Turkey Outbreak

On April 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) issued a health alert for ground turkey products produced by Plainville Brands of Oxford, PA. The agency issued the alert after tests on an unopened package of Plainville Farms ground turkey were positive for the outbreak strain. Normally, such test results would trigger a recall. But believing the products were no longer on the market, the agency chose to issue a health alert instead.

The health alert included 1-lb. and 3-lb. packages of ground turkey sold under three brand names. They had with “use or freeze by” dates ranging from 1/1/21 to 1/10/21. Consumers who have these products in their freezers should not eat them.

  • 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise ground turkey, 94% LEAN | 6% FAT
  • 1-lb. packages of Wegmans ground turkey, 94% LEAN | 6% FAT,
  • 3-lb. packages of Wegmans ground turkey, 94% LEAN | 6% FAT
  • 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms ground white turkey, 93% | 7% Fat

Turkey Salmonella Outbreaks

This is not the first time ground turkey has caused a Salmonella outbreak. Over the last ten years, four multistate Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to ground turkey and other turkey products. In 2018, when Jennie-O was one of the brands identified, USDA FSIS made similar statements about the possibility about other brands eventually being implicated. At that time, health officials believed the outbreak strain of Salmonella was widespread in the turkey industry.

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If you or a family member developed a Salmonella Hadar infection from contaminated ground turkey and would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. We have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.