Food-safety investigators are working to pinpoint the source of drug-resistant salmonella found in raw turkey meat as a nationwide outbreak expands just before the largest turkey consumption day of the year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its first update since July on the outbreak that began last November.
It said the number of reported illnesses has nearly doubled to 164.
There’s been one reported death, in California, as a result of handling or consuming tainted turkey.
Authorities say consumers still can eat turkey this Thanksgiving, but the CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are stressing the importance of proper handling and cooking techniques.
The cases have been surfacing at a steady rate and over a wide area.
Illnesses have been linked to a variety of turkey brands, companies, processing facilities and retailers in 35 states.
It has been traced to raw turkey pet food and other raw turkey products.
Some turkey plant workers have became ill through contact with live birds.
The CDC and FSIS know of at least 22 slaughter facilities and seven processing plants where tainted product passed, but the agencies have not released details.
FSIS did not say why it wasn’t releasing that information other than the investigation is ongoing and the original source is not yet known.