BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Have you seen an article on social media claiming millions of turkeys have been recalled? Well, that article is a fake, but that didn't stop it from going viral. It has left many people questioning the quality of their holiday bird.
"I was scrolling through Facebook and had this picture of this turkey. It said turkeys are being recalled, but I didn't read the article. I looked at it, and it said they were being recalled. It didn't' make any sense to me because Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Why would they be recalling turkeys," said one customer.
The fake news outlet even quoted the Centers for Disease Control in the article that was shared millions of times on Facebook. But not everyone believed the hype.
"I think you should check your facts and don't be gullible," said Tammie Holland.
Biloxi Walmart Store Manager Mike McDavid has had to put the rumor to rest with several customers. He said there hasn't been any sort of governmental recall on turkeys. If there was, buyers would know.
"A lot of times corporately, for us, the home office actually sends us documentation that there is a governmental recall. At that point and time, we find that merchandise, and remove it from the shelves," said McDavid.
After reading the article himself, McDavid said one clue it was a fake was how vague it was. Recalls are more descriptive in the items they list.
"A lot of the merchandise actually has a lot number assigned to it as it is produced. At that point and time, we're given lot number information along with a description of the item," said McDavid.
A large scale recall would also be reported by several different news organizations you already trust.
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