Cargill apologizes to those who ‘may have become ill’ from its turkey products

The company earned high marks for its mea culpa and recall, while federal health inspectors face criticism for their failure to act.

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“Good for Cargill for stepping up and recalling the product,” Bill Marler, a food poisoning attorney, said on his blog.

He also gave Cargill high marks for making this statement:

“It is regrettable that people may have become ill from eating one of our ground turkey products and, for anyone who did, we are truly sorry,” Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business, said in a press release.

Minnesota-based Cargill on Wednesday announced the voluntary recall of 36 million pounds of its fresh and ground turkey. A salmonella outbreak that sickened 77 people in 26 states and killed one person in California may have come from the company’s Springdale, Ark., plant.

It’s among the biggest-ever product recalls of its kind.

The outbreaks began in March and spiked in May and June, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The recall is for meat produced from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2.

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