August 16, 2018

Possible Salmonella Outbreak at Indian Taco Dinner in Highland, Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Doniphan County Health Department are investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak that may be associated with an Election Day Indian Taco Dinner at the Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Highland, Kansas. That dinner took place on August 7, 2018. One person has tested positive with a Salmonella infection after attending the dinner. The two health departments are asking that anyone who attended that dinner or ate food there to complete an online survey to help officials investigate this possible outbreak. You are asked to complete the survey even if you are not ill. The survey asks if the respondent ate Indian tacos, pie, black beans, watermelon, or iced tea at the dinner. Other items listed on the survey … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Breaded Chicken Grows to 84 Sick

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products has grown to include 84 sick people. The outbreak notice says that "poultry, including frozen breaded chicken products containing raw poultry, pose an increased health risk to individuals who handle, prepare or consume these types of foods." Public health officials are warning Canadians to follow food safety practices when they handle, prepare, or consume any type of poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products such as chicken nuggets, burgers, strips, and fries. As part of this outbreak investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled No Name brand Chicken Burgers sold in 1 kg packages. The product has a best before date of February 6, 2019. It was sold … [Read more...]

Perry County Salmonella Outbreak Associated with St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary Picnicd

In response to the Salmonella outbreak in Perry County, Missouri, officials at the Perry County Health Department have posted a questionnaire for people who attended the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary Picnic that was held August 3 through August 5, 2018. At least 30 people are sick in this outbreak; three people were hospitalized. The seminary is located in Perryville, Missouri. No more information about this outbreak has been posted by the health department or any other public health official. We don't know if they are focusing on a particular food or if someone who handled food may have been ill. The questionnaire is only asking people who attended the picnic two fill out the form. The questionnaire asks when someone attended the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary picnic, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Arapahoe County Fair in Colorado

A Salmonella outbreak among people who attended the Arapahoe County Fair in Colorado has sickened at least seven people, according to the Tri-County Health Department, Arapahoe County, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Those sickened attended the fair, or 4-H events associated with the fair, from July 21 to July 29, 2018. Officials have not identified the source of the pathogenic bacteria. The Tri County Health Department is conducting an investigation to determine the source and the outbreak strain. Dr. John M. Douglas, Dr., Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department, said in a statement, "If you went to the Arapahoe County Fair or attended a 4-H event associated with the Fair and have these symptoms, we encourage you to see your health … [Read more...]

Perry County Salmonella Outbreak in Missouri Sickens 23

A Perry County Salmonella outbreak of unknown origin has sickened at least 23 people in Missouri since August 6, 2018. Perry County Memorial Hospital issued a news release about this outbreak. Those 23 people went to the hospital through the emergency room inn the last week. The patient age range in this Perry County Salmonella outbreak is from 2 to 68. Three of the patients were admitted to the hospital. Two of those patients have been released, but one was transferred to a Cape hospital. The Perry County Memorial Hospital lab director reported the outbreak to the local and state health departments, and an investigation has begun. The state lab will receive cultures from infected pageants to start their epidemiological investigation. No source has been identified, and the … [Read more...]

FDA Quietly Updates Honey Smacks Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Are Possible

The FDA has updated its investigation into the Kellogg's Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak, but did not put a date on the new announcement, or update outbreak numbers. They added a paragraph to the investigation page that stated officials inspected a "contract facility" where Kellogg's Honey Smacks is manufactured, and found Salmonella bacteria that "is a match to the outbreak strain." Lawsuits have been filed. And last week, the FDA sent a warning letter to Kerry, Inc. of Beloit, Wisconsin, where Salmonella was found "throughout the facility, including in cereal production rooms." We don't know if these events are linked. Kerry manufactures wheat puffed grains, rice puffed grains, oat puffed grains, and corn puffed grains, among other products. The FDA inspected that facility … [Read more...]

Hy Vee Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Spring Pasta Salad Grows to 79 Sick; Lawsuits Possible

The multistate Hy Vee Salmonella outbreak linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads has grown to include 79 people in 9 states, according to the CDC. The salad was recalled on July 17, 2018. The salad contains shell pasta, carrots, celery, cucumbers, green pepper, onion, and mayonnaise. Officials have not yet determined which component of the salad is contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria in this Hy Vee Salmonella outbreak. Fifty-eight more ill persons have been added to this outbreak count since the last update on July 18, 2018. Four more states reported ill people: Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, and Tennessee. The main outbreak strain of bacteria in this outbreak is Salmonella Sandiego. Salmonella enteric subspecies IIIb has been added to this investigation because two people … [Read more...]

Is 2018 the Summer of Salmonella Outbreaks and Lawsuits?

We are only a month into the summer of 2018, but so far this year there have been five multistate Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened at least 553 people. The outbreaks have been caused by Hy Vee Pasta Salad, Fareway Foods chicken salad, precut melons, Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, and raw turkey. Of those sickened, more than 200 have been hospitalized because they are so ill. Two of those outbreaks have ended, but three are ongoing. While raw turkey has been associated with Salmonella outbreaks before, grocery store salads and dry cereal are relatively new vehicles for this pathogen. These outbreaks show that any food, at any time, can be contaminated with enough bacteria to make someone sick. The most striking detail about these outbreaks is that four of the five were linked … [Read more...]

Salmonella Adelaide Precut Melon Outbreak Ends with 77 Sick

The Salmonella Adelaide precut melon outbreak has ended, according to the CDC, with 77 people sick in nine states.  Attorneys at the Pritzker Hageman law firm have filed lawsuits in this outbreak on behalf of ill clients. Thirty-six people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, which is a very high percentage. The case count by state is: Arkansas (1), Florida (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (14), Kentucky (1), Michigan (39), Missouri (11), Ohio (2), and Tennessee (1). llness onset dates ranged from April 30, 2018, to July 2, 2018. The patient age range was from less than 1 year to 97. Fifty-one percent of patents who were interviewed were hospitalized in this Salmonella Adelaide precut melon outbreak. The typical hospitalization rate for a Salmonella outbreak is about 22%. The FDA, … [Read more...]

Another Canada Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken

Another Canada Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products has been announced by Public Health Canada. Seven people are sick with Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses in three provinces. The case count by province in this Canada Salmonella outbreak is: British Columbia (3), Alberta (1), and Ontario (3). One person has been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. These patients started getting ill in June 2018. The patient age range is from 1 to 42 years, with the average age of 12. The public health investigation has found that exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products is the source of these illnesses. Several of the patients reported eating No Name brand Chicken Nuggets or unbranded $10 Chicken Fries before they got sick. Food samples of some of … [Read more...]

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