Planning on cooking up a nice, juicy turkey burger for dinner tonight? Do make sure that you cook it all the way through. The USDA has issued a public health alert for frozen, fresh and ground turkey products after testing connected 77 illnesses and one death in 26 states to bad turkey contaminated with a salmonella strain called Heidelberg.
No details have been released about the person who died, but the Heidelberg strain—which appears to be resistant to many common antibiotics—was found in cultures from samples bought in at least four retail locations between March 7 and July 27.
How to make sure your food is safe? Well, you could give up turkey...or just make sure to cook it properly. As far as the USDA is concerned ground turkey should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°—don't just go by the color!