March 4, 2024

Salmonella Oranienburg Cantaloupe, Cut Fruit and Canada Redux

In its November 30 update on a deadly cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the fast-growing outbreak has caused 180 illnesses, 78 hospitalizations, and three deaths in the U.S. and Canada. And that some of the patients are residents of long-term care facilities. The update also disclosed that a second Salmonella strain, Salmonella Oranienburg, has been linked to some of these illnesses. And that's notable because Oranienburg isn't a top-10 strain in the U.S. It's been linked to a handful of multistate outbreaks over the last two decades. There was a 2014 chia powder outbreak,  back-to-back outbreaks linked to shell eggs produced by the same company in 2015 and 2016,  and a 2021 fresh onions outbreak that sickened 1,040 … [Read more...]

Deadly Minnesota Cantaloupe Outbreak Sickens 15 With 2 Deaths

The deadly Minnesota cantaloupe outbreak has sickened at least 15 people in that state with eight hospitalizations, and two people are dead. These illnesses and deaths are linked to recalled Malichita cantaloupes produced by Sofia Produce, doing business as Trufresh, that were imported from Mexico. The larger multistate Salmonella Sundsvall and Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak has sickened at least 117 people in 34 states. The people who sadly died in Minnesota lived in the Twin Cities area and in central Minnesota. Illness onset dates range from October 25 to November 11, 2023. We do not know where these patients bought the cantaloupe, or where they ate it. We do know that some patients in the nationwide outbreak lived in long term care centers, and that some children were served … [Read more...]

Aspen Foods Finally Expands Recall of Salmonella Chicken Products

Aspen Foods of Illinois is finally expanding their July 15, 2015 recall of frozen, raw, stuffed, breaded chicken products that are linked to a Salmonella outbreak. They were sold under the brand names Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Home Dining Selections, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan, and Sysco. In September, after Koch Poultry, which owns Aspen Foods, refused to issue another recall because there were more illnesses linked to these products, the USDA ordered the product seized by inspectors.  Inspections found that the facility was not controlling the Salmonella contamination and FSIS sampling revealed positive results that … [Read more...]

Minnesota Hit Hard in Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

With at least 29 people sick, Minnesota has been hit hard in the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to imported cucumbers. In fact, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) was one of the first departments to recognize this outbreak and to help pinpoint the source. Some of the people sickened in Minnesota were part of an outbreak cluster linked to salads served at Red Lobster restaurants. Red Lobster pulled cucumbers from all of its restaurants on September 4, 2015. The cases in Minnesota range in age from 8 to 79 years and live in nine metro and greater Minnesota counties. At least six people were hospitalized, based on the latest information from MDH. Epidemiological and traceback investigations found that slicer, or "American" cucumbers imported and distributed by Andrew & … [Read more...]

Tomatoes are Source of Chipotle Salmonella Outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have just identified tomatoes as the source of the Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened 64 people who ate at Chipotle restaurants around the state. They are now working to trace the tomatoes back to the farm where they were grown. Now, 66 people have been sickened in this outbreak. Twenty-two Chipotle restaurants are linked to the outbreak, an increase of five since the last report. Nine people have been hospitalized  because of their illness, and all are recovering. People sickened in this Salmonella outbreak ate at the restaurants from August 16 to August 28, and became ill between August 19 and September 3, 2015. The patient age range is 10 to 69 years. The patients live in 13 metro … [Read more...]

Salmonella Raw Tuna Outbreak Sickens 62 in 11 States

The Salmonella Paratyphi outbreak that has been linked to sushi made with raw tuna has now sickened 62 people in 11 states. Osamu brand raw frozen tuna has been recalled in connection with this outbreak in Minnesota. Eleven people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. The outbreak is caused by Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) bacteria, formerly known as Salmonella Java. Most ill people reported eating sushi made with raw tuna the week before they got sick. The case count by state is: Arizona (11), California (34), Illinois (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from March 5, 2015 to July 7, 2015. The age range is from … [Read more...]

Osamu Recalls Frozen Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia that is linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health investigators found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened packages of the product. The recalled tuna includes loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms. This tuna was sold in bulk packaging to distributors who then sold it to sushi restaurants and grocery stores that made packaged sushi rolls for customers to purchase and take home. The tuna was sold throughout the country from May 9, 2014 to July 9, 2015 with all sequential four digit Purchase Order Numbers 8563 through 8599. Consumers who are concerned about whether or not they purchased this product should check with the … [Read more...]

Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, Osamu Recalls Yellowfin Tuna

After being linked to an 11-state Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 60 people, Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling frozen yellowfin tuna chunk meat  processed in Indonesia. The product was distributed to grocery stores, restaurants and institutional kitchens nationwide. The product was also sold to AFC Corporation of Rancho Dominquez, CA which operates sushi counters in grocery stores. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health have linked two illnesses in that state to AFC tuna. Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased from a grocery store sushi counter contained the recalled tuna product should check with the store where they made the purchase. The recalled product sold in clear packages marked Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568). It … [Read more...]

One in Oklahoma Sick: Barber Foods Raw Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Grows

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber Foods raw, frozen stuffed breaded chicken products has grown to include another patient. This person lives in Oklahoma, which increases the outbreak case count to three states. Now at least seven people are sick with Salmonella Enteritidis linked to these products. The case count by state is: Minnesota (5), Wisconsin (1), and Oklahoma (1). Two of these people have been hospitalized. No deaths are reported. Illness onset dates range from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015. A public health alert was issued on July 1, 2015 about a Salmonella outbreak associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. Then, Barber Foods recalled 1.7 million pounds of their frozen chicken products on July 12, 2015. The products were … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Frozen Tuna Grows Again

Seven more people are sick with Salmonella infections in the multistate outbreak linked to frozen raw tuna. Now at least 60 people are sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) in eleven states. Eleven people have been hospitalized in this outbreak; no deaths are reported. Most of the ill persons reported eating sushi made with raw tuna the week before they got sick. The Minnesota Department of Health isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella from samples of unopened frozen raw tuna collected from a Minnesota grocery store. This product was imported from Indonesia. The outbreak case count by state is: Arizona (11), California (34), Illinois (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), … [Read more...]

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