December 7, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak Investigation Too Slow, Says Pew

Salmonella in ground turkey produced by Cargill Meat Solutions was the cause of a food poisoning outbreak that sickened 136 people and killed one person in 2011. But those numbers could have been lower if health officials acted more quickly, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. It took investigators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) months to identify the source of the outbreak. It was 22 weeks after the first person became ill and 10 weeks after CDC detected the outbreak before the illnesses were linked to ground turkey produced at Cargill’s plant in Springdale, Ark.  The outbreak began five months before the CDC announced it on August 1, 2011. During those … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #5

A Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef produced by Cargill Meat Solutions  and sold at Hannaford and other grocery stores was the fifth largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened. The outbreak, which was announced in July by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickened 46 people in nine states. Twelve people were hospitalized. Working with the the CDC and state health departments on a traceback investigation, the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service  (USDA FSIS)  was able to link illnesses in case-patients to the ground beef products produced at Cargill’s establishment in Wyalusing, Pa. Although the meat under recall was passed its expiration date when the problem was discovered, … [Read more...]

Cargill Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Updated

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis caused by Cargill ground beef has now sickened 40 people in eight states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That's an increase of seven since the outbreak was announced on July 26, 2012. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the CDC, Vermont Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets has linked five of the cases to the ground beef products produced by Cargill based on epidemiologic and traceback investigations as well as in-store reviews. The number of ill persons in each states is as follows: Maine (1), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire (2), New York (18), Rhode Island (2), Vermont (11), Virginia (2), and West Virginia (1). The new state in the … [Read more...]

Vermont Endures Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cargill Ground Beef Sold At Hannaford Stores

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Cargill ground beef sold at Hannaford grocery stores has hit Vermont hard. Of the 33 people sickened in the multi-state outbreak, 10 are from Vermont. And of 11 hospitalizations in seven states, three are from Vermont. Vermont's case patients, who became ill between June 6 and June 26, are from Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Rutland. and Windham counties, according to the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Since June, VDH has been part of a collaborative investigation that has grown to include, seven state health departments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA, FSIS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After laboratory testing confirmed that the Salmonella strain that sickened people and the … [Read more...]

Hannaford Cargill Ground Beef Salmonella Recall Retail List Posted

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted the list of retail facilities that stock the recalled Cargill meat Solutions Ground Beef that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. These locations may or may not have received the product in question, so make sure that you use the product-specific identification recall information we told you about yesterday. Also check the PDF to find the specific address of the grocery stores on the list. Hannaford Grocery stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont are on the recall list. The list also includes Country Market in Oakdale, Connecticut; Brackett's Market in Bath, Maine; Will's Shop N' Save in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and Gray Shop N' Save in Gray, Maine. In Massachusetts, Pure Food Market … [Read more...]

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