A final report on a 2017-2019 outbreak of Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products serves as a reminder to handle raw turkey safely and cook it thoroughly to prevent foodborne illness. The outbreak was widespread, sickening 356 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Although a single source of turkey was not identified, investigators found the outbreak strain in several brands and types of raw turkey products for both people and pets, as well as in live turkeys. The initial investigation ended in April 2019, but new cases continue to be identified.
This outbreak underscores the need for the turkey industry to identify and prevent possible causes of contamination, as well as the importance of handling and cooking raw turkey safely.
The full report is published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.