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Report: Disease-causing bacteria found on most raw ground turkey

Consumer Reports says it found potentially disease-causing bacteria on most of the raw ground turkey samples it tested.

Consumer Reports investigators tested more than 250 samples of ground turkey bought at stores nationwide.

They looked for five types of bacteria, including salmonella and E-coli.

Ninety-percent of the samples had one or more of the bacteria.

The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, MRSA, was found in three samples. Salmonella was found in a dozen.

Most of the bacteria found in the samples are killed through cooking.. but some can produce toxins that may not be destroyed by heat.

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6 Comments to “Report: Disease-causing bacteria found on most raw ground turkey”

    Barb said:
    April 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Oh My! I just bought 4 packages of frozen ground Turkey. Would it be in their also??????? Please let me know. Because I will get my money back from Pea Pod.

      Greg Vale said:
      April 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      No, Barb. Frozen turkey is exempt from ALL diseases as it comes from turkeys raised in the Arctic. You see – they're born frozen, live their entire lives frozen and die frozen. It's actually quite a site – to see a live turkey that's really frozen: has a body temperature of less than 32* F. :)
      They are, however, more susceptible to fractures; if they "fall over," they can easily snap a leg bone.
      It also makes it harder for them to fly (Les Nessman knows MUCH more about this than I), on account of ice accumulation on their wings.

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