June 19, 2024

NC Salmonella Paratyphi B Outbreak Expands Over Weekend

The Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak linked to tainted tempeh produced in Asheville NC continues to expand slowly. Over the weekend, two more cases were confirmed, bringing the total in Buncombe County to 64, according to the county health department. There are also at least 21 other cases in other parts of North Carolina. When the outbreak was first announced April 27, a total of 27 people had been sickened by the rare strain Salmonella Paratyphi B. The disease is spread by ingesting food contaminated with the bacteria or through person-to-person contact. In this case, those initially sickened contracted infections after eating contaminated tempeh, produced by Smiling Hara of Asheville. Subsequent cases were likely caused by person-to-person transmission, health authorities have … [Read more...]

Ribeyes Steakhouse May Be Source Of Second Outbreak in North Carolina

Health officials in North Carolina are investigating a potential foodborne illness outbreak that may be linked to Ribeyes Steakhouse in Nashville, located about 50 miles northeast of Raleigh, Amy Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Nash County Health department confirmed this afternoon. State and county health officials, who are running a collaborative investigation into an outbreak that has sickened dozens of people over the last week, issued  a statement today.  So far, they have interviewed 75 people, collected food samples for testing and worked with Ribeyes on preemptive safety measures that would thwart further transmission should tests link the restaurant to the outbreak. At this time, neither a food source nor a pathogen has been identified. Results from tests on the food samples … [Read more...]

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