More than 27 million pounds of pre-cooked turkey and chicken are being recalled across the country. Pilgrim's Pride is recalling the meat because it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria. Even though this bacteria is dangerous, and sometimes deadly, very few people die from it.
"Only the immuno-compromised or the elderly or babies [are the ones truly at risk]," said Wausau Family Practice staff member Dr. Ronda Ditter. "Pregnant women may fall under that category."
Listeria infections can look a lot like the flu. People who have it say they experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. The important thing, however, is that the symptoms should not be present for more than a couple of days.
"If you're a normal, healthy person, it should pass within 24 hours. If, however, you're not healthy or immuno-compromised in some way, or even pregnant, and it does not pass within 24 hours, I would certainly see your doctor about it."
Some parents in our area, however, said the recall is making them think twice about eating deli meat.
"It's a big concern, so I would think twice about it, yes," said Wausau resident Deanna Wildman.
If you've got questions about this recall, you can call the Pilgrim's Pride company toll free at 877-260-7110.
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People at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:
Source: http://www.fsis.usda.gov (Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Agriculture) contributed to this report.