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2,600 Pounds of Smoked Turkey Breast Recalled

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Tryptophan is the notorious chemical found in turkey that causes post-meal drowsiness and general couch-potato behavior every Thanksgiving. This year, one meat-packaging company is upping the ante.

New Braunfels Smokehouse, a Texas-based maker of pre-cooked meats, is recalling 2,600 pounds of smoked turkey breast products that, as CBS News reports, could contain traces of Listeria monocytogenes, a germ that could cause the potentially fatal disease listeriosis.

All the products in question contain the USDA mark of inspection and the number P-975.

USDA mark of inspection, eh? What, pray tell, are the specific qualifiers of passable, safe products? Is there some sort of taste test? Are the inspectors just blindly processing approvals like the foreclosure robo-signers at Bank of America and Citigroup?

A word of advice: When you find yourself at Whole Foods or Kroger debating whether you really want to go through the trouble of preparing the turkey yourself, ask yourself if you trust someone else to do it for you.

For further details on the recall and on listeriosis, click here.
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