October 27, 2021

Citterio Salame Sticks Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 20 in 8 States

The Citterio Salame Sticks Salmonella outbreak has now sickened at least 20 people in eight states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that three people living in that state were sickened. The outbreak has spread beyond that state. The Salame Sticks were sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores and may have been sold at other grocery stores around the country. Nine people were interviewed about the foods they ate before they got sick, and eight said they ate or maybe ate this product. Investigators are working to see if other products may also be contaminated. The patient case count by state is: California (8), Illinois (2), Kansas (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (3), New Jersey (1), New York (1), and … [Read more...]

Hardie’s Crabmeat Salmonella Outbreak in Maine Sickens Five

A Hardie's crabmeat Salmonella outbreak in Maine has sickened five people, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). Four of the patients live in Maine, and one patient lives in New Hampshire. Two people were hospitalized because they were so sick. An investigation launched by the Maine CDC and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry found that the crabmeat was most likely contaminated during preparation and packaging. According to the press release, the establishment's owners have addressed investigator's concerns about the contaminated crabmeat, and there is no evidence that crabmeat currently being sold by Hardie's poses a risk to consumers. Crab from Hardie's was sold at multiple locations throughout Maine, but … [Read more...]

Lavender Aromatherapy Spray Tests Positive For Burkholderia pseudomallei

Better Homes & Gardens Aromatherapy Spray, Sold at Walmart, is Suspected in Four Illnesses, Resulting in Two Deaths Lavender aromatherapy spray has tested positive for deadly Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Testing found the pathogen in Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones. The spray was found on October 6, 2021 in the home of a Georgia resident who got sick with melioidosis in late July, 2021. That person died, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice. This is the same type of bacteria that sickened four people in the U.S. earlier this year. The patients lived in Georgia, Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota. Two of the … [Read more...]

Citterio Salame Sticks Are Linked to a Salmonella Outbreak in Minnesota

Citterio Salame Sticks are linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota, according to a news release issued by the Minnesota Department of Health. The Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks were sold at Trader Joe's stores and other retailers. Three people in Minnesota are part of this outbreak. The illness onset dates range from September 20, 2021 to September 29, 2021. One patient was hospitalized for two days, and all have recovered. All three patients said they ate Citterio Premium Italian-style Salame Sticks that were purchased at different Trader Joe's locations before they got sick. Other brands of salami sticks and Citterio products are not known to be part of this problem at this time, but public health officials are investigating. Since many people who are … [Read more...]

Keeler Family Farms Supplied Onions Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Keeler Family Farms of Deming, New Mexico supplied potentially contaminated onions linked to the huge Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak, according to an FDA update. That outbreak has sickened at least 652 people in 37 states and has hospitalized 129 patients. The other facility named by the FDA so far is ProSource Produce LLC, also known as ProSource Inc, of Hailey, Idaho. That company imported onions from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, from July 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021. ProSource Inc. recalled its fresh whole yellow, white, and red onions today. The onions were sold under several different brand names. The FDA traceback investigation identified Keeler Family Farms as an additional "common supplier" of onions from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico to many of the restaurants … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In on Onion Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak

The FDA is weighing in on the onion Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that has sickened at least 652 people in 37 states. The outbreak is linked to whole fresh onions imported by ProSource Inc. according to FDA traceback. The onions came from Chihuahua, Mexico. These may not be the only onions involved in this outbreak, according to government officials. Illness subclusters so far are associated with restaurants and food service locations. The government is advising restaurants, retailers, and consumers to not eat, sell or serve red, yellow, and white onions supplied by ProSource Inc. that were imported from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico from July 1 through August 27, 2021, or products containing these onions. ProSource Inc. is voluntarily recalling these onions. Since illness … [Read more...]

Minnesota Has 23 Sick in Onion Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak

Minnesota has 23 sick in onion Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Those people are part of the multistate outbreak total of 652 sick with 129 hospitalized. In Minnesota, the patient age range is from 7 to 77 years. Illness onset dates range from August 8, 2021 to September 18, 2021. Four of those patients were hospitalized. Given that the multiplier for Salmonella outbreaks is 29, there could be more than 600 people sick in Minnesota alone. Most people who contract this infection do not see a doctor, even though the long term complications for this infection, even after complete recovery, can be severe. Red, white, and yellow onions imported by ProSource Inc. are linked to this outbreak, according to the CDC. The onions were … [Read more...]

Onions Are Linked to the Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak, 652 Sickened

The CDC says that onions are linked to the Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that has now sickened at least 652 people in 37 states, an increase of 60 more patients since the last update six days ago. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence has found that whole red, white, and yellow onions distributed by ProSource Inc. that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico are linked to this outbreak. The case count by state is: Alabama (3), Arkansas (12), California (9), Colorado (1), Connecticut (4), Florida (5), Georgia (2), Illinois (37), Indiana (1), Iowa (3), Kansas (14), Kentucky (9), Louisiana (5), Maryland (48), Massachusetts (12), Michigan (9), Minnesota (23), Mississippi (2), Missouri (21), Nebraska (8), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (8), New York (12), North Carolina (14), North Dakota (4), … [Read more...]

Three Mystery E. coli Outbreaks in Iowa, Kentucky, and Oregon Unsolved

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, there have been more unsolved food poisoning outbreaks around the country. In 2020, three multistate E. coli outbreaks that sickened more than 50 people were never solved. This year, there are three mystery E coli outbreaks in Iowa, Kentucky, and Oregon that are unsolved. The Iowa E. coli outbreak in June 2021 sickened several children who live in Maquoketa in Jackson County and has not been solved. The children were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure. One little boy had a stroke and was placed in medically induced coma, and was recovering. In Jackson County in Oregon, at least 16 people were sickened with E. coli infections in August. Twelve people were hospitalized because they were so sick. … [Read more...]

Kentucky E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Sickens Ten; Two Have HUS

A Kentucky E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has sickened at least ten people, according to a Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Facebook post. There is nothing posted on the official website about this outbreak. Public health investigators have not yet identified the source of this outbreak, but they think that some sort of food is likely. That's typical for an E. coli outbreak. Most of those sickened are adults. And most live in western Kentucky. Six people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Healthcare providers have been notified about this outbreak so they are aware of symptoms and do not prescribe antibiotics if someone presents with the symptoms of this infection. State health officials are working with staff at local health departments in the counties … [Read more...]

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