Turkey Recall: Local Stores Strip Shelves

August 4, 2011 Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

August 4, 2011 Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM EDT

Kenmore, NY


It is one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history, 36 million pounds of ground turkey are being stripped from store shelves in a voluntary recall of fresh and frozen ground turkey products. The meat was processed by Cargill, a company based in Springdale, Arkansas.

It includes ground turkey sold under the following names:

Honeysuckle White
Shady Brook Farms
Giant Eagle
Fit and Active
and Safeway brands.

Also, look for a meat packing date between February 20, 2011 and August 2, 2011 with an establishment code of P963.

Eyewitness News talked to a local grocery store manager here in Western New York who says the Honeysuckle brand is the only one on the list that is most commonly stocked on shelves in our region.

If you think you have the contaminated turkey in your refrigerator you can either throw it out, take it back to the store for a refund, or make sure you cook it for at least 10 minutes until the meat is 165 degrees.

So far one death in California is blamed on the outbreak. There have been up to three cases reported in New York State of people getting sick.

There are reports that the federal government traced the salmonella to the same plant months ago but never took any action.