November 28, 2023

FDA CORE Table Updates: More Cereal Illnesses, Listeria Cases Grow

The FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table has been updated again, with more cereal illnesses.  Two unidentified Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks have grown.

FDA CORE Table Updates: More Cereal Illnesses, Listeria Cases Grow

The outbreak that does not have a pathogen identified, but may be associated with dry cereal, has now had 446 adverse event reports, up from 231 reports in the last update a week ago. This outbreak may be associated with Lucky Charms cereal. Reports on match up to the dates of this investigation. An on-site investigation has begun, as noted in the last update.

The two unidentified Listeria monocytogenes outbreak case counts have increased. One has increased to 17 cases from 15, and the other increased from 17 to 19. In the latter outbreak, traceback has stared, onsite inspection has been initiated, and samples have been collected and analyzed. In the first, only traceback has been initiated.

The Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak investigation has ended. That outbreak, which sickened at least 60 people, was not solved.

The investigation into the Cronobacter illnesses among four infants who allegedly ate Similac powdered infant formula is ongoing, but there is no more information. The positive Cronobacter environmental samples from Abbot Nutrition’s plant did not match the isolates from two of the patients. And the norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters imported from British Columbia, Canada remains unchanged.

Finally, the unidentified outbreak that may be associated with a meal replacement drink has sickened six people; the pathogen has not been identified. Traceback has begun, and onsite inspection and sample collection has started.

Until consumers can take action on information, the FDA does not publish more detailed information about these outbreaks. To protect yourself, keep up to date on recall notices and outbreak investigation announcements.

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