August 8, 2022

Two New Salmonella Outbreaks Added to FDA CORE Table

Two new Salmonella outbreaks have been added to the FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table. There is no more information provided on these outbreaks, as is typical for the FDA's new way of transmitting information. The first new outbreak is a Salmonella Paratyphi B var. L(+) tartrate+ outbreak in a not yet identified product. So far, at least 13 people have been sickened in that outbreak. We do not know the states where the ill persons live, their age range, illness onset dates, or whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. So far, traceback has been initiated, but there is no recall, no one-site inspection, and no samples have been collected or tested. The second new outbreak is a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has sickened at least 40 people. Traceback has been initiated, … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Muenchen Beef Outbreak on USDA Investigation Table

A new Salmonella Muenchen beef outbreak has been posted on the USDA Outbreak Investigation Table, with no more information provided. This table provides even less information than the FDA CORE Outbreak Table, which at least tells us the number of people sick, and whether traceback or other work has started. So we do not know how many people are sick, what states they live in, whether traceback has begun, if any onsite inspections have started, and if any food has been collected and tested for pathogens. All of those things must start before an outbreak can be officially announced. There is only one other active outbreak on that table, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that may also be linked to beef. No more information has been provided about that outbreak either. So far this year, … [Read more...]

New Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak on FDA CORE Table

A new Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been posted on the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table. At least 12 people are sick in this new outbreak. No food has been identified yet as the cause of these illnesses. We do not know the ages of the patients, illness onset dates, or whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. In addition, no traceback has been initiated, there has been no on-site inspection, no sample collection, and no sample analysis. There are six other active investigations on the table besides the new Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. Two have been solved, and one, the Cronobacter illnesses in four infants who consumed powdered infant formula, has been transferred to an IMG investigation. The Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak linked to recalled Jif peanut butter … [Read more...]

Backyard Poultry Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 219, Hospitalizes 27, 1 Dead

The newest backyard poultry Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 219 people in 38 states, has hospitalized 27, and one person has died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of these outbreaks usually occurs every year in the United States. Backyard poultry, which includes chicken and ducks, can carry Salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean. And those pathogens can spread anywhere in the areas where the poultry live and roam. People get sick by touching anything where the birds live or the birds themselves, and then touching their mouths or food. Children are especially susceptible to this type of infection transmission because they so often put their fingers in their mouths. The case count by state is: Arizona (7), Arkansas … [Read more...]

How Does Peanut Butter Get Contaminated With Bacteria?

How does peanut butter get contaminated with bacteria? A Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak linked to recalled Jif peanut butter has sickened at least 16 people in 12 states; two patients have been hospitalized. The case count by state is:¬†Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (2), Ohio (1), South Carolina (1), New York (1), South Carolina (1), North Carolina (2), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Many recalls have been launched, including some types of the Jif product itself and more than a dozen secondary recalls. While any product can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria at any time during the supply chain, this outbreak is unusual because the outbreak strain of Salmonella Senftenberg was found in an environmental sample taken from the … [Read more...]

Rich’s Peanut Butter Cups Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Rich's Peanut Butter Cups in two varieties are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. These items were made with recalled Jif peanut butter that has been recalled after a Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak was linked to some of the Jif products. No illnesses have been linked to these specific products. The recalling firm is Albanese Confectionery Group of Merrillville, Indiana. These products were not made onsite at Albamese Confectionary Group. The products were sold nationwide and reached consumers through select retail stores. The Rich's peanut butter cups are sold unpackaged in bulk bins. They include Rich's Milk Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups that were sold after November 11, 2021, and Rich's Milk Chocolate Giant Layered Peanut Butter Cups that were sold after … [Read more...]

Jif Salmonella Outbreak Case Count Rises to 16 Sick, 2 Hospitalized

The Jif Salmonella outbreak case count has risen to 16 sick with two hospitalized according to the CDC. Those patients live in 12 states. Many types of Jif peanut butter have been recalled, along with more than a dozen¬†secondary recalls. There is one more patient each in the states of Missouri and North Carolina since the last CDC update. The case count by state is: Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (2), Ohio (1), New York (1), South Carolina (1), North Carolina (2), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). The patient age range is from less than one year to 85 years. Of nine people who gave information to investigators, two have been hospitalized. Illness onset dates range from February 19, 2022 through May 2, 2022. This Jif Salmonella … [Read more...]

Secondary Jif Peanut Butter Recalls Include Snacks, Chocolate, Deli Items

Secondary Jif peanut butter recalls have started, and the list is a long one. There are now more than a dozen secondary recalls ranging from snack packs to chocolate products to deli items made at individual stores. Keep this list handy as it will be updated daily with new recalls. The original recall of several varieties and configurations of peanut butter was issued on May 20, 2022. There is a Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak linked to some Jif peanut butter products. The recall notices all state that there are no illnesses linked to those specific products. You can see details about these recalls, including item numbers, lot codes, UPC numbers, expiration dates, stores where these products were sold, ¬†states where they were sold, and some product pictures in the individual recall … [Read more...]

Where was Jif Peanut Butter Recalled For Salmonella Sold?

Where was Jif peanut butter that is recalled for potential Salmonella contamination sold? Some of these products are linked to a Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak that has sickened at last 14 people in 12 states. The FDA recall notice stated that the peanut butter was sold nationally at the retail level. But knowing which particular stores sold these products is helpful. None of these products purchased from the stores have been specifically linked to the outbreak. Where Was Jif Peanut Butter Sold? According to store recall pages, the recalled peanut butter was sold at these grocery store chains. Please note that not all of the recalled products were necessarily sold at all of these stores. Check the specific recall notice for more information. The recalled peanut butter has the … [Read more...]

Buba Noodle Bar Salmonella Outbreak in NH Sickens Seven

A Buba Noodle Bar Salmonella outbreak in New Hampshire has sickened at last seven people, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health nd Human Services. The restaurant is located at 36 Lowell Street in Manchester. As of May 22, 2022, seven people have been diagnosed with Salmonella Enteritidis infections after eating at that location. One person has been hospitalized. Several other potential patients are under investigation. We do not know the illness onset dates or the ages of the patients. Buba Noodle Bar voluntarily closed on May 20, 2022 while a public health investigation is being conducted. The restaurant is partnering with public health officials to help find the source of these illnesses. Salmonella can contaminate food in several ways - through issues in the … [Read more...]

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