A distributor says he has tracked down most of the possibly spoiled turkeys distributed by Norbest Inc. in Rhode Island, one of seven states from which the birds are being recalled.
Norbest, the country's fifth-largest turkey processing and distributing company, announced the voluntary recall Tuesday for its "Family Tradition" brand turkeys. Three grocers complained about spoiled giblets and necks, spokesman Mike Korologos said by telephone from Norbest's Salt Lake headquarters.No illnesses had been reported, and the U.S. Agriculture Department had been notified, he said.
The turkeys, with the number P-2487 on the metal package closures, were processed under a packaging agreement with a Columbia City, Ind., plant, Korologos said. They were distributed to stores throughout the six New England states and in Pittsburgh, he said.
Korologos said he did not know how many turkeys were involved but said their total weight was less than 400,000 pounds, 0.2 percent of Norbest's total production.
"Norbest does not foresee any serious health problems but ordered the removal to avoid the remote possibility of illness to consumers," he said.