ARKANSAS: Cargill restarts Arkansas turkey plant
Posted: August 17th, 2011 - 11:02am
Source: Star Tribune
Cargill Inc. has resumed ground turkey production at an Arkansas plant that was the source of a massive recall.
But the agribusiness giant was also hit Tuesday with the second of what could be several lawsuits connected to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.
On Aug. 3, Cargill recalled about 36 million pounds of ground turkey, one of the largest U.S. meat recalls ever, after its product was linked to a salmonella outbreak that began in February. As of Aug. 11, the outbreak had sickened 107 people in 31 states, federal health authorities say.
At the time of the recall, Minnetonka-based Cargill shut down grinding operations at its turkey processing operation in Springdale, Ark. Late last week, the company restarted limited production of a ground turkey product that had been subject to recall.
Production resumed after the addition of new safety measures approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said Mike Martin, a Cargill spokesman. They included upping by 25 percent an anti-bacterial wash for just-slaughtered birds, and adding two new anti-bacterial baths during the evisceration process.