September 20, 2021

Restaurants Are Included in a Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened 127

Restaurants are included in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 127 people in 25 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The government does not yet know which food item caused this outbreak, or if there is another cause. Eighteen people, out of 49 that gave information to health officials, have been hospitalized, which is a rate of 37%, almost double the typical Salmonella outbreak rate. This could mean that more vulnerable people were sickened, or that the pathogen is quite virulent, or that the pathogen load in the food was quite high. The CDC has stated that several subclusters at restaurants in multiple states have been identified. These subclusters can help officials solve outbreaks, since they can use traceback from … [Read more...]

Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak Sickens 127, Hospitalizes 18

A Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak with an unknown food source that has sickened 127 people in 25 states has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While a specific food has not been identified, this outbreak is growing rapidly, according to the government. The outbreak was first announced on FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table on September 15, 2021. The case count by state is: Arkansas (2), California (3), Connecticut (3), Illinois (5), Iowa (1), Kansas (5), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (7), Michigan (2), Minnesota (13), Missouri (2), Nebraska (2), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (3), New York (1), North Carolina (1), North Dakota (1), Oklahoma (7), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (45), Utah (1), Virginia (9), and … [Read more...]

Two New Salmonella Outbreaks on FDA CORE Investigation Table

There are two new Salmonella outbreaks on the FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table. The first, a Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak, has sickened at least 126 people. The second, a Salmonella Thompson outbreak, has sickened at least 77 people. We don't know where the ill persons live, their age range or illness onset dates. These could end up being very large outbreaks, since the number of Salmonella cases that are actually reported to the government are much smaller than occur. The multiplier used by experts in these outbreaks is 29, which means there could be at least 5,887 people sick across the country. Traceback has been initiated in both outbreaks, but no on-site inspection has been initiated and no sample collection and analysis has begun. The government started using this … [Read more...]

El Sombrero Salmonella Outbreak Updated by McHenry County DOH

The El Sombrero Salmonella outbreak investigation has been updated by the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH). That county has still not named the number of people sickened in the outbreak or released any information about the patient age range, illness onset dates, or if anyone has been hospitalized. The restaurant is located in Fox River Grove, Illinois. Officials want to remind anyone who ate at that restaurant recently that if they are in sensitive occupations, they should exclude themselves from work and school and seek medical evaluations if they are experiencing any symptoms of gastrointestinal illness. Sensitive occupations include food handlers, daycare workers, and healthcare workers. If you are in a sensitive occupation and develop symptoms of Salmonella food … [Read more...]

El Sombrero Salmonella Outbreak in Fox River Grove, Illinois

An El Sombrero Salmonella outbreak in Fox River Grove, Illinois has sickened an unnamed number of people, according to the McHenry County Department of Health. The restaurant is located at 314 Lincoln Avenue in that city. The business has voluntarily closed and is cooperating with public health officials during the investigation. The county is asking that anyone who ate there from August 23, 2021 to September 3, 2021 complete a survey to assist the county in collecting data to conduct a comprehensive investigation of this outbreak. The survey is a secure and is HIPAA compliant, and no personal or medical information will be released. The survey includes questions about symptoms, illness onset, doctor's visits, and foods that were eaten at the restaurant. Even if you ate there and … [Read more...]

CDC: Avoid Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Trays With Best By 2/11/22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the Salmonella outbreak linked to Italian-style meats. Their new recommendation is that consumers should avoid all Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Trays with the best by dates of 2/11/22 (February 11, 2022) and before, rather than just the one product that has been recalled. The one currently recalled product is Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto prosciutto, soppressata, Milano salami, and coppa in 24 ounce vacuum sealed trays. Each tray contains two 12-ounce packages with "best by" dates on or before February 11, 2022. The UPC number that is stamped on the label is 073541305316. And the establishment number "EST. 7543B" is printed inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was recalled on August 27, … [Read more...]

Active Food Poisoning Outbreak Investigations From FDA and USDA

What are the current active food poisoning outbreak investigations that the FDA and USDA are investigating? While there have been several outbreak investigations that have closed, there are still six open investigations on the FDA Outbreak Table, and one, possibly two, investigations on the USDA Table. On the FDA Table, there are two cyclospora outbreak investigations. Neither has any product linked to it. The first outbreak has 37 patients, an increase of two more patients since the last update 12 days ago. Traceback has been initiated, but there has been no on-site inspection, no sample collection, and no analysis. The second cyclospora outbreak has 119 patients, an increase of one patient since the last update. Traceback has begun, on-site inspection has been initiated, and … [Read more...]

Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Trays Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Trays are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. About 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto meat tray products may be contaminated with Salmonella Infantis or Salmonella Typhimurium. This product has been named in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 36 people in 17 states. The ready to eat uncured antipasto meat trays were produced on February 28, 2021 through August 15, 2021. The recalled product is 24-ounce trays containing two 12-ounce packages of Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Prosciutto, Soppressata, Milano Salami, and Coppa. The best by dates on the product are AUG 27 21 through FEB 11 22. The UPC number on this item is 073541305316. Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Trays have the establishment number "EST. 7543B" printed … [Read more...]

Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Trays Named in Salmonella Outbreak

Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto trays have been named in the Salmonella outbreak linked to Italian-style meats. At least 36 people are sick and 12 people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. The CDC update states that "Ill people reported eating Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto trays before they got sick." The investigation is ongoing to see if more products are linked to these illnesses. The Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto trays were sold nationwide in vacuum-sealed packages. The product can include uncured salami, prosciutto, poppy, or soppressata and has "best by" dates on or before February 11, 2022. This product does not include Italian-style meats sliced at a deli. Do not eat this product. Throw it away in a sealed container, even if some of the item was eaten … [Read more...]

Backyard Poultry Salmonella Outbreaks Case Count Skyrockets

The backyard poultry Salmonella outbreaks case count this year has skyrocketed to 672 sick in 47 states, which is an increase of 198 new patients since the last update on June 24, 2021. There are 157 people hospitalized, and two people have died. One in four patients is a child younger than the age of five. There are five serotypes infecting people in these outbreaks: Salmonella Mbandaka, Salmonella Muenchen, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, and Salmonella Infantis. The case count by state is: Alabama (7), Arizona (9), Arkansas (5), California (24), Colorado (6), Connecticut (12), Florida (5), Georgia (28), Idaho (2), Illinois (17), Indiana (16) Iowa (26), Kansas (12), Kentucky (27), Louisiana (3), Maine (9), Maryland (13), Massachusetts (14), Michigan (12), Minnesota (30), … [Read more...]

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