July 19, 2018

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak: How Does Cereal Get Contaminated? A Lawyer Answers

The Kellogg's Honey Smacks Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak is a rare and curious event. Some food poisoning outbreaks are met with disbelief. It doesn't seem possible that certain foods can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour is one example. How could flour which is completely processed and dry, be contaminated? Same with cereal. This product is processed and subject to heat. How can it be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria? How did this Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak occur? Salmonella is a persistent and resilient bacteria. It can actually become more persistent in a dry environment. The contamination in Kellogg's Honey Smack cereal could have occurred in the field, during processing of the grains, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Adelaide Outbreak Linked to Precut Melons Grows to 70 Sick; Lawsuits Follow

The Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to precut melons has now sickened 70 people in 7 states. That is an increase of 10 patients since the last update on June 8, 2018. Thirty-four of those patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is:  Illinois (7), Indiana (11), Kentucky (1), Michigan (38), Missouri (10), Ohio (2), and Tennessee (1). Out of 63 people who have been interviewed, 34, or 54%, are in the hospital. Two more states have reported patients since the last update: Kentucky and Tennessee. The most recent illness started on June 3, 2018, so this outbreak will most likely grow, since the melon products were not recalled until June 8, 2018. The FDA has a list of stores and states where the melons were most likely sold. Please examine … [Read more...]

Outbreak Roundup: Salmonella Outbreaks Sicken 133 and Hospitalize 55; Lawsuits Filed

It's been the month of Salmonella and Ccclospora in the U.S. Four outbreaks have hit the country. Two Salmonella outbreaks and two cyclospora outbreaks have sickened more than 200 people and hospitalized more than 50. Here's what you need to know about the Salmonella outbreaks. A Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to precut melons has sickened 60 people in 5 states. The case count is: Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Michigan (32), Missouri (10), Ohio (1). Thirty-one people are sick enough that they need to be in the hospital for care. The distributors who sold these melons are Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service, and SpartanNash Distribution. The FDA has issued a 46-page list of stores where these products were sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, … [Read more...]

CDC Tells Consumers Not to Eat Any Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak

Consumers should n0t eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or any "best if used by" date, the Centers for Disease Control said on Friday, June 15, 2018. That product is linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka that has sickened 73 people in 31 states. Kellogg's recalled Honey Smacks with two specific UPC numbers on June 14, but the CDC now says not to eat any of that product. Kellogg's is investigating this issue with a third-party manufacturer who products the cereal. Honey Smacks was distributed throughout the United States, and was also sold in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. It's important that if you have this cereal you throw it away, in a sealed package, even if some of it was eaten and no one got … [Read more...]

Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak Linked to Kellogg Honey Smacks Cereal Sickens 73 in 31 States; Lawsuits Possible

A multistate Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal has sickened at least 73 people in 31 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is: Alabama (2), Arizona (1), California (5), Connecticut (3), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (1), Michigan (4), Mississippi (1), Montana (1), North Carolina (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (4), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), West Virginia (3). The patient age range is from less than … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Linked to Rose Acre Farms Shell Eggs Is Over

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to recalled Rose Acre Farms shell eggs is over, according to the CDC. Forty-five people in 10 states were infected with the outbreak strain. Eleven people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicated that shell eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County, North Carolina farm were the likely source of this outbreak. Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 shell eggs on April 13, 2018. On April 16, 2018, Cal-Maine Foods voluntarily recalled another 23,400 dozen eggs that were purchased from Rose Acre Farms. The patient case count by state is: Alaska (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), New Jersey (2), New York (14), North Carolina (6), Pennsylvania … [Read more...]

Precut Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold in More States: AL, CA, FL, KS, MD, MN, NE, ND, SD, and TN; Lawsuits Filed

The FDA just stated that there are more states where precut melon and fresh-cut melon products linked to a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak were sold. They were also sold in Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee. That means the states that received these products include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The products were packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers and were sold under several different brand names. The stores that the FDA has listed as carrying the melons are Costco, Jay C, Kroger, … [Read more...]

Kellogg Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled After Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak; Some May Sue

Kellogg Honey Smacks cereal is being recalled after the FDA and CDC told the company about a multistate Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak that may be linked to that product. The cereal was distributed in the United States, as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The product in question is Kellogg Honey Smacks cereal (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)  in 15.3 ounce packages, with UPC number 3800039103 and best if used by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. In addition, Honey Smacks cereal in 23 ounce boxes is recalled. That product has a UPC number of 3800014810 and best if used by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. Some news reports are staying that those sickened live in five Midwestern … [Read more...]

Precut Melon Salmonella Outbreak: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin Added to States That Sold Melon; Lawsuits

The FDA has issued more information about the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is linked to recalled precut melon. That outbreak has sickened at least 60 people in 5 states, and hospitalized 66% of the patients. Now the government has revealed that the recalled melons were also sold in Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. That means the recalled precut melon has been sold in 12 states. The states where the recalled melon was sold include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The stores that carried the melons include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon. You can see the long 24-page list of stores, … [Read more...]

Iowa Added to States Where Recalled Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Was Sold, Joining GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, and OH; Lawsuits Filed

Iowa was added to the states where recalled precut melon linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak was sold, according to an update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday. That means the melon was sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. The Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to that product has sickened at least 60 people in five states. The case count is: Michigan (32), Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence shows that the pre-cut melon that was supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. Most of the ill persons said they ate pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or a fruit salad mix made … [Read more...]

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