July 17, 2024

Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak at Nebraska Correctional Facility

A Salmonela Enteritidis outbreak at a Nebraska correctional facility this year sickened at least 15 people, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for the week of July 15, 2022. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCDH) notified the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services of two cases of laboratory-confirmed Salmonella in inmates on January 14, 2022. The investigation linked consumption of mechanically separated chicken to the illnesses. Mechanically separated chicken is produced by separating edible meat from bone and cartilage under pressure. It is often used for use in institutions like prisons, jails, and correctional facilities because it's cheap. A Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to that product sickened at least nine … [Read more...]

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreak of 2014: #8

A Salmonella outbreak linked to mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson was the eighth-largest multistate outbreak of 2014. Nine inmates at the Bradley County Jail became sick after the poultry product was served as part of a meal over Thanksgiving weekend 2013. Two of them were hospitalized Mechanical separation forms a kind of meat paste that is used to make hot dogs, bologna, nuggets, and patties. Salmonella poisoning causes abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that can be bloody. Long-term complications include heart problems and reactive arthritis, which affects the eyes and joints. Tyson Foods Inc. of Sedalia, Mo. recalled the product January 10. About 34,000 pounds of the product, produced on Oct. 11, 2013 and sold in 40-lb. cases, containing four, 10-lb. … [Read more...]

Tyson Salmonella Outbreak Ends, Nine Sick in TN

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Tyson mechanically separated chicken sickened nine inmates at the Bradley County Jail in TN and did not include cases in other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined. Health officials looked at 23 cases of Salmonella Heidelberg infections in 15 other states that took place during the same time period as the illnesses at the jail and concluded that they were not part of the outbreak. A food source for the cases that were ruled out was not determined. Mechanically separated chicken is made by forcing chicken bones and attached edible tissue through a sieve or similar device to separate meat from bone. It has a looser consistency than ground chicken, more like a paste or batter. The product is normally used as an … [Read more...]

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