February 23, 2018

CDC Starts Investigating Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Linked to Triple T/Fareway Chicken Salad

The Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to Triple T/Fareway chicken salad is now being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The government is recommending that people do not eat recalled chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores in the Midwest. While the Iowa Department of Health is reporting much higher numbers (37 confirmed and 78 probable cases as of February 20, 2018), the CDC says that 65 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from five states. Twenty-eight people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. The case count by state is: Illinois (4), Iowa (55), Minnesota (2), Nebraska (3), and Texas (1). The state of Texas has now been added to the outbreak total. These are … [Read more...]

Two People in South Dakota, One in Nebraska, and One in Minnesota Sickened in Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Outbreak

The large Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to Fareway chicken salad has sickened more than 100 people in Iowa. But there are also ill persons in other states. That chicken salad, made by Triple T Specialty Meats, has now been recalled. One person in Nebraska has been sickened, according to Leah Bucco-White, Public Information Officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. That person was hospitalized  because their illness was so serious. And two people in South Dakota are being investigated, according to Derrick Haskins, Communication Director of the South Dakota Department of Health; they may be associated with this outbreak. One of those people was hospitalized. And one person in Minnesota, living in Martin county, has been confirmed ill with Salmonella … [Read more...]

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Against Smokey’s Pub N Grill in Minnesota

A Salmonella lawsuit has been filed against Smokey's Pub N' Grill, located at 552 Lincoln Drive in East Bethel, Minnesota, on behalf of a couple by attorneys at the Pritzker Hageman law firm. The lawsuit was filed in Minnesota District Court, County of Ramsey, on February 19, 2018, with case number 62-CV-18-1017. The lawsuit alleges that the couple ate at that facility, which is a bar and restaurant, on January 26, 2018. The husband had a pulled pork sandwich, tater tots, and coleslaw. The wife had a chicken melt sandwich and fries, and shared some of her husband's food. They also shared a barbecue chicken pizza. The next day, they started experiencing the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, including vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain, and body aches. They visited a … [Read more...]

Salmonella Lawyers File Two Lawsuits Against Fareway Stores in Iowa

Two Salmonella lawsuits have been filed by Pritzker Hageman against Fareway Stores in the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to recalled chicken salad. Both of the patients live in Iowa, where most of the illnesses in this outbreak have occurred. The FDA now says that the salad was made by Triple T Specialty Meats of Ackley, Iowa. The outbreak has sickened more than 100 people in Iowa alone. One person in Minnesota is also sick; there is a confirmed case in Nebraska, and there are reports of people sick in South Dakota and Illinois. Fareway operates 118 stores across the midwest. In the first case, a woman purchased chicken salad from a Fareway Store in West Des Moines on February 11, 2018. She purchased chicken salad in a container with "Fareway" on the label. She started … [Read more...]

Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Outbreak: How Do Pathogens Get Into Ready-to-Eat Products?

A huge Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak in Iowa has been linked to recalled Fareway chicken salad. At least 94 people are sick in that state, and one person in Minnesota is sick. There may be illnesses as well in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Illinois, states where Fareway Foods has stores. The USDA has issued a public health alert about this problem. How does chicken salad get contaminated in the first place? Anyone who is familiar with food safety understands that chicken is commonly contaminated with this pathogen. But chicken salad is made from cooked chicken. The answer is that foods can be contaminated anywhere along the food supply chain. Contamination can happen if the chicken is not properly cooked to a safe final internal temperature. Cross-contamination could have … [Read more...]

Ninety-Four Sick in Iowa in Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak

The Iowa Department of Public Health just published information about case counts in the Fareway chicken salad Salmonella outbreak. As of noon Friday, February 16, 2016, there are 28 confirmed cases and 66 probable cases os Salmonella Typhimurium in Iowa. According to some news reports, one person in Martin county in Minnesota is also sick. The confirmed case definition is "Persons with Salmonella Typhimurium (confirmed or visual match to Pattern JPXX01.0275) with illness onset since January 1, 2018 reporting consumption of chicken salad from Fareway (any store) in the 7 days prior to illness onset." The probable case definition is: "Persons that are epi linked to a confirmed case (all confirmed cases are laboratory confirmed) OR Persons who test positive by CIDT or culture … [Read more...]

USDA Issues Alert About Salmonella in Fareway Chicken Salad Sold in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and South Dakota

The USDA has issued a public health alert about Fareway chicken salad that may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The Iowa Department of Health issued a warning earlier this week about a Salmonella outbreak linked to that product in that specific state. The feds jumped in yesterday, stating that the product was also sold at all Fareway stores in Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The product is varying weights of "Fareway Chicken Salad that sold sold in plastic deli containers with a Fareway store label. The product was made between December 15, 2017 and February 13, 2018. It was sold directly to consumers who shopped at Fareway. The problem was discovered when reports of illness surfaced in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health notified FSIS of an … [Read more...]

Two MN Children Sickened with Salmonella Reading Infections After Raws for Paws Pet Food Fed to Their Pets

Two children in Minnesota are sick with Salmonella Reading infections after Raws for Paws raw ground turkey pet food was fed to pets in their home, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That pet food was recalled February 5, 2018 by the manufacturer, as Food Poisoning Bulletin told you earlier today. The children got sick in January. One child's infection resulted in osteomyelitis, which is a painful and serious bone infection. That child was hospitalized and is recovering at home now. The same strain of Salmonella Reading that made the children sick was found in samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food for Pets. Laboratory work was conducted at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health. That pet food, which was made by a … [Read more...]

Revisiting Raw Sprouts: Why Are They Such a Health Risk?

The current Salmonella Montevideo outbreak at Jimmy John's restaurants seems to be pinpointed on raw sprouts served on that chain's sandwiches. Unfortunately, most people do not think of produce as being a risk for food poisoning. But that class of foods is most often associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. There have been many outbreaks in the past few years linked to fresh produce, including leafy greens, apples, raspberries, snow peas, cilantro, and yes, sprouts. In fact, sprouts are almost in a category by themselves. The way this food is produced is part of the problem. To make sprouts, seeds are placed in a warm and moist environment, which happens to be the ideal medium for bacterial growth. Since 1998, fresh or lightly cooked sprouts have been linked to 49 food … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Jimmy John’s Raw Clover Sprouts

The FDA is weighing in on the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat sprouts at those restaurants in that state because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. We now know that the product being focused on is clover sprouts. Jimmy John's did announce on January 19, 2018, that all of its retail locations temporarily stopped serving sprouts. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that the sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants are the likely source of the outbreak. The most recent illness began on January 3, 2018. The FDA is working with partners in Illinois and Wisconsin, and the CDC, to conduct traceback on the clover sprouts. They want … [Read more...]

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