I kinda doubt they are referring to bacteria coming directly from the water. Most turkeys have a solution that kinda seeps out, if you had a leak in the turky bag, you would know it, at least when it's thawed... Would be kindo of messy selling fresh turkeys now wouldn't it?
Straight from the USDA website... "Turkey may be defrosted in cold water in its airtight packaging or in a leak-proof bag. Submerge the bird or cut-up parts in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes."
"Here’s how you do it. First, don't take the turkey out of its heavy plastic wrapping. Check for any tears in the bag, and if you see any, place the wrapped turkey inside a leak-proof plastic bag. You don’t want to get water inside the wrapping or bag because that could introduce bacteria from the environment. Also, meat tissues can absorb water like a sponge, resulting in a watery turkey."
I'm sure they are talking about bacteria from tap water....There is plenty in it. You are not even supposed to rinse off or wash your meat when prepping for cooking due to bacteria in water. I really don't worry about it but that's what THEY say.
here is a link I found about tap water and all the goodies it has. let alone the chlorine that is put in to it for us by our government.http://www.suewidemark.netfirms.com/tapwater.htm
Thanks for everyones advice, for the sake of causing a bigger family rif I let the wife thaw it like she wanted. I even let her stay up and change the water every 30 minutes, hows that for fighten fair
If you are going to thaw a bird out in water outside the bag use running water, it's faster. If you aren't pressed for time leave it in the original packaging and put it in water - change the water. Of course it's best to start with plenty of time and thaw it in the fridge the right way.