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Nine Illnesses in Texas Linked to Ground Turkey

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Ground turkey is often used as a replacement for beef in recipes for tacos, burgers, and meatballs.

The federal government has issued a public health alert, warning people about eating ground turkey. The Food Safety and Inspection Service has not named specific brands, but says it is monitoring an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that appears to be linked to consumption of the meat.

Seventy-seven illnesses, including one death, have been reported in 26 states. But no recall has been issued.

"FSIS has not linked these illnesses to a particular brand, product or establishment, and therefore has not issued a recall," an unnamed spokesman told

FSIS says you should always cook your turkey to an internal temperature of 165 Fahrenheit, and always reheat leftovers to the same temperature.