March 19, 2019

Salmonella Outbreak at Grille at Gold Dust West in Nevada Sickens 17

A Salmonella outbreak at Grille at Gold Dust West in Elko, Nevada has sickened at least 17 people, according to news reports. There is no information about this outbreak on the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. We don't know what type of Salmonella made people sick, and there is no information about how the illnesses may have been transmitted. We also do not know if anyone has been hospitalized because their illness is severe. The cause of the outbreak has not been determined. The restaurant is not closed and the company is cooperating with the investigation. Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to everything from chicken to turkey to ground beef to leafy greens and eggs in the past. Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker, who has represented many people sickened … [Read more...]

What’s the Deal With Turkey and Salmonella Outbreaks?

A Salmonella Schwartengrund outbreak linked to Butterball, Food Lion, and Kroger ground turkey has just been announced. Details are sketchy, but we know that at least five people, four of whom live in Wisconsin, are sick. There's another Salmonella outbreak associated with ground turkey and raw turkey products. That one, caused by Salmonella Reading, is linked to Jennie-O ground turkey and several brands of raw dog food diets, as well as contact with live turkeys. It started in 2018, has sickened at last 279 people and is not over yet. One hundred seven people have been hospitalized, and one person, who lived in California, died. And in 2011, Salmonella in ground turkey that was produced by Cargill Meat Solutions sickened 136 and killed one person. So what's going on? First of … [Read more...]

Butterball Ground Turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund Outbreak Sickens 6

The Butterball ground turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak first reported in a USDA recall notice has sickened 6 people in 3 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The patient case count by state is: Minnesota (1), North Carolina (1), and Wisconsin (4). Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 19, 2018 to February 2, 2019. The patient age range is from less than one year to 71. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that ground turkey produced by Butterball, LLC is the likely source of this Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak. Butterball recalled about 78,164 pounds of ground turkey products on March 13, 2019. The product was also sold under the Kroger and Food … [Read more...]

Salmonella Schwarzengrund Outbreak Associated With Butterball Ground Turkey; Some May Sue

A Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak that has sickened at least five people in two states is associated with Butterball, Kroger, and Food Lion brand ground turkey. The outbreak announcement was hidden in the USDA recall notice. Four of the patients in this outbreak live in Wisconsin. And those four Wisconsin patients live in one residence. The other state where the fifth ill person lives was not mentioned in the notice. All of the expiration dates for these products are in 2018. The recall is being issued because the government is concerned that some of this ground turkey is probably still frozen in consumers' home freezers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and … [Read more...]

Butterball Ground Turkey Recalled; Associated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund Outbreak

Butterball LLC in North Carolina is recalling about 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The prepackaged raw ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018. An outbreak is associated with this recall; at least five people, including four in Wisconsin, are sick. The ground turkey was also packaged under the Food Lion and Kroger brand names. These are the recalled products: 48-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18 and lot code 8188. The UPC numbers are 22655-71555 or 22655-71557. 48-ounce plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Supermercado Rivera Kitchen in Chicago

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is investigating a Salmonella outbreak that is associated with the Supermercado Rivera kitchen counter. That facility is located at 4334 West 51st Street in Chicago, Illinois.  At least six people have been sickened after they allegedly consumed carnitas or other foods that were purchased on February 23 or 24, 2019. The CDPH is warning consumers to discard any carnitas or other food that was purchased from the kitchen counter at this establishment on those dates. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling these items. An environmental assessment was performed by public health officials, who also provided guidance on safe food handling practices. Unfortunately, the items that may have made people sick were no longer … [Read more...]

Raw Dog Food Can Be Risky For Humans and Pets

According to a new study published in Veterinary Record, raw meat based diets for dogs pose a threat to humans and the dogs because they can be contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium, and Enterobacteriaceae.  The study showed that some of these raw products have high levels of pathogens. Many recalls of frozen raw pet foods have been issued in the United States over the past few years. Those products have also been linked to human illnesses. In 2018, one person was sickened with a Salmonella infection after feeding a family pet Darwin's Natural raw ground chicken pet food. That product tested positive for  E. coli O128, Salmonella, and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. And in January 2019, a Salmonella patient in Minnesota prompted a recall … [Read more...]

El Rey Del Taco Bistek Tacos Associated with Outbreak

According to news reports and the Cameron County Health Department, a food poisoning outbreak at El Rey del Taco in Brownsville, Texas has been associated with Bistek tacos. Those are tacos made with onions, flank steak, and green chile. At least 33 people were sickened in this outbreak. Public health officials have not named the pathogen responsible for these illnesses, but did says that the illnesses were caused by a "microbial toxins." Bacteria that produce toxins that make people sick within a short amount of time include Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus cereus. Both of these pathogens make toxins when they are in large quantities of food, particularly meat and gravy, that is not properly cooled or not properly reheated. About 30 patients went to Valley Regional … [Read more...]

Gravel Ridge Farms Egg Salmonella Outbreak Details in FDA Warning Letter

The Gravel Ridge Farms shell egg Salmonella outbreak sickened 45 people in 12 states last year. The FDA sent the owners of that facility a warning letter on February 12, 2019, that gives us more information about the issues at the farm. Gravel Ridge Farms recalled more than 600,000 shell eggs in response to this outbreak. First, the final update by the CDC stated that 44 people were sickened in that outbreak. This warning letter adds one more person. The patients were sickend with the same outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteriditis that was found in the company's Cullman, Alabama location in egg laying houses No. 2 and No. 4. The isolates were genetically identical isolates taken from patients. Inspections revealed that the firm was in violation of the FDA's egg safety rule. The … [Read more...]

CSPI Wants USDA to Name Poultry Producers in Salmonella Outbreak

Center for Science in the Public Interest wants the USDA to name slaughterhouses and processing facilities who may be associated with the two recent Salmonella outbreaks tied to poultry. One of those outbreaks is ongoing. An ongoing Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products has sickened 279 people and hospitalized 107. One person living in California died in that outbreak. The last update on that outbreak was issued on February 15, 2019. And the Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to raw chicken that sickened 129 people has just ended, according to the CDC. All the USDA will say is that these pathogens have been found in "many" processing establishments, and that "raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading." Several … [Read more...]

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