October 21, 2016

Salmonella Javiana Outbreak in Maricopa County AZ Sickens 50

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has released a PDF report on their investigation into a Salmonella Javiana outbreak that sickened at least 50 people in July and August, 2016. There are 40 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases. Thirty-three (66%) of the cases reported eating at Restaurant A, with exposure dates from July 16 to August 18, 2016. Forty other restaurants or fast food establishments were reportedly patronized by patients. Three had more than one person reporting eating there within the week before illness onset with two cases each. Findings from the investigation did not reveal a single source of contamination, but unfried shrimp was suspected as a possible vehicle for contamination based on a case control investigation. Environmental samples were taken. … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Producer of Wonderful Pistachios Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA sent a warning letter on October 7, 2016 to the Wonderful Company, which produces Wonderful pistachios, about an inspection conducted in response to a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to the pistachios. This outbreak was investigated by the CDC and declared over in May 2016. The Wonderful Company facility was inspected from March 8 through April 7, 2016. The Salmonella outbreak was caused by two Salmonella species: nine people were sickened with Salmonella Montevideo, and two were sickened with Salmonella Senftenberg. The trackback and epidemiological evidence led the FDA to conclude that pistachio nuts produced by that firm were adulterated. They were "prepared, packed, and held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health," … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad Associated with WA Salmonella Outbreak

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert about a Salmonella outbreak that may be associated with a chicken salad product sold from Costco Store #1190 in Lynwood, Washington. Four people have been sickened with the same strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. The salad is "Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad," sold in varying weights. It was made August 26, 2016 through September 2, 2016. It was sold directly to consumers who shopped at the Costco Store #1190 in Lynwood, Washington. On September 26, 2016, the CDC notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella illnesses in the state of Washington. FSIS worked with the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health and determined that there is a "possible link" between rotisserie chicken … [Read more...]

CDC Issues Final Update on Salmonella Outbreaks linked to Live Poultry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued their final update on eight multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard blocks. Those outbreaks are over, but the government says that people can still contract Salmonella from live poultry. This year, 2016, saw the largest number of illnesses linked to contact with backyard poultry ever recorded. The CDC, multiple states, and the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service investigated eight separate multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. In those eight outbreaks, 895 people were sickened in 48 states. And since the multiplier for Salmonella infections is 30.3, since most people with this illness do not go to … [Read more...]

Good Earth Egg Recalls Shell Eggs; Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Good Earth Egg Company of Bonne Terre, Missouri is voluntarily recalling its shell eggs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. A Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak linked to those products has been announced by the CDC. At least eight people in three states are sick in this outbreak. The company is recalling all of its shell eggs. The egg are packaged in 6-count cartons, 10-count cartons, 12-count cartons, 18-count cartons, 15 dozen cases, and 30 dozen cases. The dates and codes on the cartons and cases include everything before and including date code 252 - Sell By 10/08/2016, with "Packed for" or "Produced for Good Earth Egg Company." These products were distributed throughout the Midwest, including Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. The eggs were sold at the … [Read more...]

Good Earth Eggs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak linked to eggs from Good Earth Egg Company of Bonne Terre, Missouri has sickened at least eight people in three states. Two of those sickened have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations indicate that shell eggs distributed by that company are the likely source of illnesses in this outbreak. The CDC is working with public health officials in Missouri, the FDA, and several other states to investigate these illnesses. Data from the PulseNet system is being used to identify people who may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency labs. Scientists there perform DNA fingerprinting on bacteria isolated from ill persons … [Read more...]

Sprouts Extraordinare Salmonella Outbreak Ends

The Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Albony outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts produced and sold by Sprouts Extraordinare of Denver, Colorado is over, according to the CDC. Thirty-six people sickened with the outbreak strains of Salmonella were reported from nine states. Seven people were hospitalized; no deaths were reported. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicated that alfalfa sprouts that were supplied by Sprouts Extraordinare were the likely source of this outbreak. That company recalled alfalfa sprouts from the market place on August 5, 2016. The CDC says that this outbreak appears to be over, but warns the public that "sprouts are known to cause foodborne illness and outbreaks." In fact, since 1996 there have been at least 30 food poisoning outbreaks linked to the … [Read more...]

Outbreak Associated with Phoenix Pappadeaux Restaurant Over

A food poisoning outbreak associated with Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona is over, Jeanene Fowler, acting Public Informations Officer for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. She did not confirm the bacteria that is associated with this outbreak, but news sources state that it was a Salmonella outbreak. The county is closing its investigation into the outbreak and official documents will be available within a few weeks. Officials would not confirm how many people were sickened after eating at the restaurant, when their illnesses began, or if anyone was hospitalized as a result of their illness. A lawsuit was filed against this restaurant on September 27, 2016. However, restaurant inspection reports posted on the Maricopa … [Read more...]

Law Firm Files Salmonella Lawsuit Against Pappadeaux in Phoenix

A lawsuit has been filed against Pappas Restaurants Inc., owners of Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen in Phoenix, Arizona, on behalf of a client who ate there in August 2016. The suit was filed in the United States District Court of Arizona (Case 2:16-cv-03253-GMS). The lawsuit alleges that their client ate tilapia, shrimp, and crab cakes at that restaurant on or about August 14, 2016, and became violently ill two days later. She was admitted to Abrazo Scottsdale Campus hospital on August 20, 2016. While there, she was tested for Salmonella and a stool test came back positive for Salmonella Javiana, according to the complaint. The client spent five days in the hospital. "No one should get sick because they ate at a restaurant," said Ryan Osterholm, an attorney with the firm. "Our … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Fish Fry in Lascassas, TN Sickens 54

A Salmonella outbreak at a Lascassas Fire Department Fish Fry in Tennessee has sickened at least 54 people, Woody McMillin, Director of Communication and Media Relations of the Tennessee Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. That event was held on September 10, 2016. Public health officials have not been able to determine the cause of this outbreak. The investigation is continuing with patient interviews and laboratory testing. The outbreak was discovered after clinicians in Rutherford County started reporting Salmonella cases. As of Friday, September 23, 2016, there are 54 possible cases. Eight of those cases have been lab-confirmed. Fourteen people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. There is no word on patient age range, dates of illness … [Read more...]

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