August 18, 2022

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A Recurring Salmonella Strain and a Secret, Deadly Ground Beef Outbreak

Two years before a 2018 Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson triggered one of the largest beef recalls in modern history, another outbreak, a secret and deadly one was linked to the same strain. The deadly 2016 outbreak was never announced and no recall was ever issued because the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) said traceback records didn't conclusively point to a single establishment. So, contaminated ground beef was sold to consumers and 106 people in 21 states got Salmonella infections. Forty-eight percent of the patients were hospitalized, and one person died. One year after that outbreak ended, the first illness in the 2018 outbreak was reported. That outbreak, which was publicly announced, eventually … [Read more...]

USDA Releases Distribution List in Cargill E. coli O26 Ground Beef Outbreak

The USDA has released the distribution list of where the ground beef in the deadly Cargill E. coli O26 outbreak was sold. That Cargill E. coli outbreak sickened 18 people in four states and killed one person in Florida. Six people were hospitalized, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. UPDATED 8/27/18: The grocery stores and chain stores that probably sold the ground beef nationwide include Aldi stores in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin; FoodMaxx in California, Pak N Save in California, Meijer nationwide; Safeway/Albertson's in California, Colorado, and Hawaii; Sam's Club in North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia; Target stores nationwide; and Vons in California.  In addition, in California, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Ground Beef Outbreak Highlighted Raw Meat Risks

A year ago this weekend, Michigan health officials announced a Salmonella outbreak that would eventually grow to include 22 cases in six states. Among those sickened were diners at at a restaurant in Macomb County, Mich. who ate a raw ground beef dish called kibbe. Kibbe is a Middle Eastern dish made from bulgar, minced onions and ground meat that is often stuffed into croquettes and fried, but is sometimes served raw, as it was at the restaurant that was never named by public health agencies. Raw kibbe seems to be popular in Maycomb County, which includes the cities of Troy and Sterling Heights,  where at least 13 restaurants featured it on their menus at the time of the outbreak compared with one in the  Twin Cities and 21 in New York City. The Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]

Salmonella Jouni Meats and Gab Halal Ground Beef Outbreak Sickens 22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its latest update on the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to ground beef produced by Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods of Michigan. The outbreak appears to be over, but 22 people have been sickened. Seven people were hospitalized. There were no deaths in this outbreak. The case count includes these patients: Arizona (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (2), Michigan (9), Pennsylvania (1), and Wisconsin (8). Illness onset dates ranged from December 9, 2012 to February 20, 2013. Patients range in age from 2 years to 87 years, with a median age of 45 years. Fifty-five percent of ill persons were male. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium that was found in the patients and in the ground beef has rarely been seen … [Read more...]

Salmonella Typhimurium Ground Beef Outbreak Grows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its investigation into the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to ground beef sold at Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods. So far, 18 people have been sickened with the outbreak strain of the bacteria in 5 states. Seven people have been hospitalized; there have been no deaths. The case count is as follows: Arizona (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (2), Michigan (9) and Wisconsin (5). The investigation has revealed that ground beef produced by the two facilities are the "likely sources" of this outbreak. Seven of the patients ate kibbeh, a raw ground beef dish, at the same restaurant before becoming ill. That restaurant acquired the raw beef from the two retailers. Fred Pritzker, a national food safety attorney who has … [Read more...]

Salmonella Ground Beef Outbreak Hits Michigan Hard

A five-state Salmonella outbreak has hit Michigan residents hard. Nine of the 16 people sickened by tainted ground beef are from Michigan and at least five of them have been hospitalized according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Onset illness dates for those sickened in Michigan ranged from Dec. 9, 2012 to Jan. 7, 2013. The case patients range in age from 2 to 87 years old. Five are females, four are males. Most of them live in the southeastern part of the state in Huron, Macomb, Delta-Menominee, Oakland, and Wayne counties. Six of the nine case patients in Michigan reported eating raw beef kibbeh at a restaurant on Dec. 7 and 8, 2012. Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish made from ground meat which is sometimes served raw. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … [Read more...]

New Ground Beef E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak on USDA Investigation Table

A new ground beef E. coli O157:H7 outbreak on the USDA Investigation Table has been posted. Ground beef is suspected as being the source of the pathogen. The USDA Outbreak Investigation Table has even less information that the FDA's Table. There is no case count, and no information about whether or not traceback, sample collection, facility investigation, or lab analysis has been conducted. In the past, E. coli outbreaks linked to ground beef have been numerous. This product can be contaminated because cows, which are ruminant animals, can carry the pathogen in their guts. The bacteria is excreted in feces, which can contaminate the animals' hides. When the cow is processed, that bacteria can contaminate cuts of meat. And when ground beef is produced from those whole cuts, the … [Read more...]

History of E. coli O26 Outbreaks Including Chipotle, Cargill Ground Beef

There are several serotypes of E. coli bacteria that cause serious human illness.  The most common is E. coli O157:H7, but other strains, called non-O157 serogroups, have also caused outbreaks. This is the history of E. coli O26 outbreaks including Chipotle and Cargill ground beef in the United States in the past five years. The most common non-O157 serotypes are E. coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145. The government has grouped them into a category they call the "Big Six." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 265,000 people are sickened in this U.S. every year with these infections. E. coli O157:H7 causes about 36% of illnesses, while the Big Six are linked to the rest. In 2011, the USDA declared a zero tolerance policy for these strains, … [Read more...]

Did You Know Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Ground Beef Are Common?

People who are familiar with food poisoning outbreaks are used to linking ground beef to E. coli illnesses. And it is true that there have been four multistate E. coli outbreaks linked to ground beef since 2013. But did you know that Salmonella outbreaks linked to ground beef are fairly common? E. coli, especially E. coli O157:H7, lives in the guts of cows. The animals don't get sick from that pathogen. When the cow is slaughtered, the bacteria can escape from the guts and contaminate the meat. When the meat is ground, the pathogen is mixed all through it. Then when burgers are made from that beef and are not fully cooked to 160°F, pathogens can remain active and will cause illnesses. Recognizing that this product can be contaminated with Salmonella, the USDA proposed changes to … [Read more...]

Stater Bros Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 13 Sick

The Stater Bros ground beef Salmonella Dublin outbreak has ended with 13 sick in 8 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nine people were hospitalized, and one person who lived in California died. Since the last update on November 17, 2019, two more ill persons from Colorado and New Mexico were added to the outbreak total. The case count by state is: California (2), Colorado (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), New Mexico (1), Oklahoma (1), Texas (1), and Washington (1). Illness onset dates range from August 8, 2019 to October 22, 2019. The patient age range was from 39 to 74 years. The hospitalization rate, given that 11 people talked to public health officials, was 82%, which is four times the average hospitalization rate for a Salmonella outbreak. In … [Read more...]

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