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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Plus, there’s more speculation that ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is planning a presidential run, and more food news

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Maybe try a new Thanksgiving entree this year

Thanksgiving is next week, which makes this a less-than-ideal time for the Centers for Disease Control to announce a massive salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. This outbreak was first reported in July, and in a new update, the CDC says 164 people in 35 states have fallen ill. There have been 63 hospitalizations and one death.

“In interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations,” reports the government agency. “Three ill people lived in households where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets.” So far, a source for the salmonella has not been pinned down, and, chillingly, the CDC says this particular strain “is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry.”

Schultz for president in 2020?

Howard Schultz, the billionaire former Starbucks chief executive officer, is once again fueling speculation that he may run for president in 2020. Schultz has put together an “elite” public relations team, according to CNBC, with Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain’s failed presidential bid in 2008 and is now a political pundit on television, set to play a key role. So far, Schultz has denied intentions to run as a Democrat in two years, and there as been no official announcement as to why the ex-coffee executive has assembled this PR team.

And in other food news ...

  • People are obsessed with this behind-the-scenes footage of the Chili’s baby back ribs jingle. [AV Club]
  • Actually, Boston cream pie is a cake. It’s still delicious, though. “Though a pie in name only, this crowd-pleaser would make a welcome addition to the holiday table,” writes Gabriella Gershenson. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Having already bastardized Nashville hot chicken, KFC is rolling out its own version of chicken and waffles at locations across America. The new dish is available in platter and sandwich form. [Food Beast]
  • What does the Starbucks mermaid want with us, and what can we do to stop it? [@addamschloe on Twitter]
  • American farmers are stockpiling soybeans. They’re refusing to sell due to low prices related to Chinese tariffs. [Bloomberg]
  • Food blogger and Saveur Best New Voice People’s Choice Award winner Esteban Castillo is writing a cookbook called Chicano Eats. The tome, which is described as “an exploration of Chicano cuisine — Mexican food with an immigrant sensibility that weaves easily between Mexican and American genres and borders,” is scheduled to be published in 2020. [Publisher’s Marketplace]
  • Ted Cruz challenger Beto O’Rourke recently ate a big bowl of guacamole while driving, Obviously, everyone wants to know Beto’s guac recipe. [The Cut]
  • Finally, here’s wonderful Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat creator Samin Nosrat sharing her favorite food memory from childhood: eating golden grapes on the beach. [@dontwatchhungry on Instagram]

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