Cargill's 'Honeysuckle White' ground turkey is among those recalled. (Photo: imwaytoobusy.com)
For those of you eagerly anticipating the conclusion of the USDA's investigation into bacteria-laden ground turkey, breathe a sigh of relief: we now have a culprit.
On Wednesday, food giant Cargill announced they would be recalling all turkey products that originated from their Springdale, Arkansas, plant due to the outbreak of salmonella that has caused at least 76 illnessess and one death.
"Given our concern for what has happened, and our desire to do what is right for our consumers and customers, we are voluntarily removing our ground turkey products from the marketplace," said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill's turkey processing business.
The Minnesota-based company said it was initiating the recall after its own internal investigation, an Agriculture Department investigation and the information about the illnesses released by the CDC this week.
As for Cargill, the largest privately held company in the United States in terms of revenue, they've been down this road before.
In 2007 the family-owned multinational company had to recall their beef in the States because of a possible E. coli outbreak. And after beef originating from an Australian plant tested positive for E. coli in 2009, the company was hit with a temporary suspension of exports to the United States and Japan.