December 18, 2014

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 111 in 12 States

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A bean sprout Salmonella outbreak has sickened 111 people in 12 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty six percent of those who became ill after eating sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn required hospitalization. The sprouts were sold at stores and served at restaurants on the East Coast. Since the last update on December 4, an additional 24 illnesses have been reported and the outbreak has spread to another state, Maryland. When the outbreak was announced November 21, Wonton Foods agreed to destroy any bean sprouts remaining and close its manufacturing facility for cleaning. On November 24, the firm resumed production and began shipping sprouts again November 29. Salmonella poisoning causes symptoms … [Read more...]

Flat Creek Farm Cheese Recalled for Possible Salmonella

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Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, Georgia is recalling three lots of cheese for possible Salmonella contamination. This is the second time in a year cheese has been recalled from this farm. No illnesses have been reported to date. The farm has been producing raw milk cheeses, but those products have all been destroyed. Flat Creek records show that all purchasers have been notified and all but 1.5 pounds of the cheese has been recovered. Two of the batches of raw milk cheese with lot codes 140702XAZ and 140725XGO have been tested by a lab and were negative, but were voluntarily recalled and destroyed by Flat Creek. The farm is no longer producing raw milk cheese and has begun "gently pasteurizing" its artisanal cheeses. The recalled products are Aztec Cheddar with lot … [Read more...]

Did Salmonella Sicken 100 at Centennial High School Sports Banquet in Georgia?

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More than 100 people in Fulton County, Georgia got food poisoning after attending a Centennial High School football banquet, according to local news reports. At least one person has been diagnosed with Salmonella. Health officials do not know the source of the outbreak that caused more than 100 people to suffer symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. They are asking anyone who attended the banquet and developed symptoms to see a doctor. The Fulton County health department has launched an investigation. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are the same as those reported. They usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. In some cases, hospitalization is required. No information has been released about how many, if any, people were … [Read more...]

Rare Salmonella Strains in Bean Sprout Outbreak

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There are two Salmonella strains involved in the outbreak linked to contaminated bean sprouts that has sickened 87 people in 11 states. And both of them are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To solve and track this outbreak, public health investigators are using PulseNet, a national subtyping network of public health agencies that is coordinated by CDC.  When patients are diagnosed with a foodborne bacterial infection, a DNA "fingerprinting" test, called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE),  is performed on the bacteria and the "fingerprint" is shared on the network. The two strains associated with this outbreak have rarely surfaced on PulseNet, according to the CDC.   "On average, less than 10 Salmonella bacteria with these PFGE patterns … [Read more...]

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 87 in 11 States

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A bean sprout Salmonella outbreak has sickened 87 people in 11 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty seven percent of those sickened have been hospitalized. The outbreak has been linked to Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn, which suspended production briefly to clean its facility and resumed production on November 29. Health officials says it’s likely that the contaminated sprouts are no longer in circulation as the maximum shelf life of mung bean sprouts is 12 days. Since the CDC’s last update on November 25, 19 additional cases have been reported and the outbreak has spread to one new state, Virginia. Connecticut had three new cases, Massachusetts had four new cases, New York had nine news cases, Ohio had two new cases and … [Read more...]

FDA’s Consumer Advice on Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering advice to consumers as a 10-state Salmonella outbreak unfolds on the East Coast. At least 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont have been diagnosed with Salmonella infections. Eleven people have been hospitalized. The outbreak has been traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc of Brooklyn. They were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods has not recalled the sprouts but claims to have contacted companies that took delivery. The … [Read more...]

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Hits Massachusetts Hard

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A 10-state bean sprout Salmonella outbreak has sickened 68 people, many of them in Massachusetts. In a outbreak update released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the case count by state was as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), and Vermont (3). Health officials say the Montana case contracted the infection while traveling to the East Coast. During patient interviews, case patients, who range in age from less than one year to 83 years old, reported onset of illness dates ranging from September 30, 2014 to November 10, 2014. Fifty-six percent of those sickened are female. There have been 11 hospitalizations. Health officials have linked the … [Read more...]

Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Includes 3 in Maine

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Three people in Maine are part of a 10-state Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak has been linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn has sickened 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Eleven people have been hospitalized. A recall has not been issued for the sprouts which were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods stopped production and shipment of the sprouts on November 21, and made its last shipment it made was November 18. Consumers who have purchased these … [Read more...]

No Recall for Bean Sprouts that Sicken 63 with Salmonella

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Although Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods has sickened 63 people in 10 states, a recall for the tainted product has not been issued. The company told federal officials that its last shipment of the product was November 18 and that it had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received the product. But it did not issues a recall. Nor has it made public a list of  companies that served or sold the sprouts. Headscratching as that may seem, a similar situation happened with both of the other outbreaks linked to sprouts this year. Last month,  an outbreak from sprouts tainted with Listeria killed two people. Still, the producer Wholesome Soy Inc. of Chicago did not issue a recall. In fact, it kept making and distributing sprouts. And in … [Read more...]

In New Hampshire, Salmonella from Bean Sprouts Sickens 4

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Four people in New Hampshire with Salmonella poisoning are part of a 10-state outbreak linked to contaminated bean sprouts.  All four people said they ate the sprouts at restaurants. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most of the 63 people who are part of the outbreak so far ate sprouts at Asian restaurants before becoming ill, the names of those establishments have not been disclosed. Health authorities say they have notified restaurants that received shipments of sprouts from Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn not to use them. Traceback investigations have implicated Wonton Foods as the producer of the tainted sprouts, but the company has not yet issued a recall. The 10 states included in the outbreak are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, … [Read more...]

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