Kentucky grocery stores pull ground turkey off shelves following recall

One of the biggest meat recalls ever is sweeping the nation, and Kentucky is among the states impacted.

Cargill has recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey after the meat was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least one person, and left dozens of others sick.

Two of the sick cases were reported in Kentucky.

NEWSFIRST talked to several grocery stores across the Bluegrass, including Kroger and Walmart. Store officials tell us the recalled meat is now off the shelves.

Kentucky is one 26 states that has reported at least one illness, linked to the outbreak.

"We know the recall is nationwide, so we have to assume some of the product is in Lexington," Luke Mathis of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said.

The recalled meat was processed between February 20 and August 2 of this year. It has a package code of P-963.

Both frozen and fresh meats are affected by the recall.

Many health officials are concerned because the turkey has been linked to a strand of salmonella that is resistant to many common antibiotics.

The Centers for Disease Control says nearly 40 percent of people who got sick from the outbreak ended up in the hospital.

Cargill officials are urging anyone who purchased the recalled meat to return it to the store for a full refund.

For more on the recall, click on the link attached to this story.

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