Local shoppers share concerns, thoughts on turkey salmonella outbreak ahead of Thanksgiving

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With Thanksgiving on the way, shoppers have started to grab their dinner items but Richmond locals say they have some concerns over the recent salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.

The CDC reports it has seen a spike in cases of salmonella, prompting some locals to re-think having the big bird as part of their meal this year. 

The shelves at one Richmond grocery store, Ellwood Thompson, are filled with Thanksgiving day favorites. For shoppers, the race for planning the menu has already begun.

“Chili, some mac and cheese, some mashed potatoes, a couple of casseroles,” Amari Navarro, a Richmond resident, told 8News. 

Turkey, a traditional favorite on Thanksgiving, has been hit by a salmonella outbreak. 

The CDC says the bacteria have been identified in different brands and different products, such as ground turkey.

Shoppers who spoke with 8News said they were split on whether or not they’d be eating turkey for the holidays.

“I would probably have to make sure it’s cooked really well but as far as turkey goes,” Matt Lee said. “It’s not a major threat, I don’t see it being an issue.” 

Navarro is celebrating “Friendsgiving” this weekend. He told 8News that as the host, part of keeping his friends from getting sick is proper preparation.

“I’m gonna do what I’ve always done,” said Navarro. “Cook it, gotta make sure it’s cooked all the way through. I mean if you’re freaking out, you’re just not cooking your stuff.”

“Washing your hands, making sure the counters clean, making sure you’re not using the same utensils you used for the meat for the vegetables and utensils,” Joy Anderson, another Ellwood Thompson shopper said. 

With Thanksgiving a week away, the shoppers who spoke with 8News said they want to avoid getting sick after feasting on a big meal. 

The CDC estimates Salmonella causes more than one million illnesses across the county each year. To prevent cross-contamination, wash everything that touches the turkey as soon as you’re finished using it. 

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