Consumers wary of turkey burgers after recall

Sacramento BeeAugust 5, 2011 

Three perfectly browned patties of buffalo meat and one double beef burger were topped with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles then crowned with the soft dome of a French bun at Cookie's Drive In during Thursday's early lunch rush.

Not a turkey burger in sight.

"They're usually a big seller here," said Jesse Chuk, whose family owns the east Sacramento institution.

With a salmonella outbreak prompting a recall of 36 million pounds of Cargill Meats ground turkey – one of the largest meat recalls in history – aftershocks have reached into restaurants and consumers' kitchens.

Americans learned to be a little wary of their ground beef after an E. coli outbreak in 1993 killed at least three children and sickened hundreds.

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