January 20, 2020

Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2019: Cavi Papaya Salmonella

It's time for the Top 10 Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2019! Number 10 is the Cavi papaya Salmonella Uganda outbreak that sickened 81 people in 9 states. Twenty-seven people were hospitalized because they were so sick. The case count by state in this outbreak was: Connecticut (15), Delaware (1), Florida (2), Massachusetts (6), New Jersey (22), New York (29), Pennsylvania (4), Rhode Island (1), and Texas (1). The illness onset dates ranged from January 14, 2019 to July 16, 2019. Most of the illnesses occurred in April 2019 to July 2019. The patient age range was from less than one year to 90 years. Of 48 people who identified their ethnicity to public health officials, 31, or 65%, were Hispanic. There was a very high hospitalization rate in this outbreak, at 53%. The … [Read more...]

Lincoln Correctional Center Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 6 in Nebraska

A Lincoln Correctional Center Salmonella outbreak in Nebraska has sickened at least six inmates, according to a press release by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Food poisoning outbreaks at prisons and jails are fairly common because of close quarters and serving large quantities of food. However, none of the inmates incarcerated during the Lincoln Correctional Center Salmonella outbreak were tested when they got sick. All are recovering from their symptoms. Most of the patients were from one particular housing unit at the LCC. Dr. Harbans Deol, medical director at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) said that it is likely that all of the patients consumed something that caused their illnesses. "Salmonella is one of those medical conditions … [Read more...]

Minnesota Resident Sickened in Possible Tailor Cut Produce Salmonella Outbreak

A Minnesota resident sickened in a possible Tailor Cut Produce Salmonella Javiana outbreak joins at least 10 other ill people who live in Pennsylvania, according to an outbreak update from the FDA. The person from Minnesota apparently got sick in New York, one of the states that received the recalled Tailor Cut Produce along with facilities in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that the fruit mix from Tailor Cut Product of North Brunswick, New Jersey is a potential source of this outbreak. The FDA has started an inspection at the Tailor Cut Produce facility and is collecting records to start a traceback investigation. The Tailor Cut fruit mix, called Fruit Luau, was distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and other … [Read more...]

Tailor Cut Produce Recalls Cut Fruit Mix for Salmonella Contamination

Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey is recalling its Fruit Luau, cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe, and cut pineapple products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recall notice states, "The potential for contamination was noted after several patients fell ill in four hospitals in Pennsylvania." That Salmonella Javiana outbreak has sickened at least 31 people in southeast Pennsylvania. Production of the Tailor Cut Produce products are suspended while the FDA and the company continue their investigation into the problem. People who were sickened in this outbreak allegedly ate Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, which is made with cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, and grapes. The recall notice is linked to the FDA outbreak investigation notice. The recalled fruit … [Read more...]

PA Salmonella Outbreak Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix

The PA Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 31 people in four healthcare facilities is potentially linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, according to the FDA. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that that fruit mix, made with cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, and grapes, is a potential source of the outbreak. Tailor Cut Produce says that their products may be found in restaurants, banquet facilities, hotels, schools, and institutional food service establishments in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. At least 31 people in southeast Pennsylvania are sick with Salmonella Javiana infections. The four healthcare facilities have not yet been named. But the FDA notice states, "Because this fruit mix may have been distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Healthcare Facilities Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 29

A Salmonella outbreak has sickened patients who "spent time" in four Pennsylvania healthcare facilities in the southeastern part of the state, according to a health advisory issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The facilities in question are two hospitals and two long-term care facilities. At least 29 people are sick in this Pennsylvania healthcare facilities Salmonella outbreak. Illness onset dates range from November 19 through November 30, 2019. Officials are identifying cases, ensuring appropriate clinical management, and implementing prevention strategies to try to contain this outbreak. A Salmonella infection is reportable in Pennsylvania; that means that any Salmonella diagnosis must be reported to officials. The advisory tells healthcare facilities to report … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Doug Saul’s Bar-B-Que in Nashville, NC Sickens 14

A Salmonella outbreak Doug Saul's Bar-B-Que & Seafood restaurant located in Nashville, North Carolina has sickened at least 14 people, according to the Nash County Health Department. Ten of those people named the restaurant as a source of some of the food they ate before they got sick. That facility is located at 813 Western Avenue in Nashville. The Nash County Health Department immediately suspended the food establishment operating permit of the restaurant, stating that there were "conditions present constituting an imminent health hazard." The North Carolina Department of Agriculture Food Protection Division found Salmonella in equipment and food that is "likely to cause an immediate threat of serious adverse health effects." This finding was reported as part of an … [Read more...]

Salmonella Turkey is Still a Problem, With Thanksgiving Approaching

Salmonella turkey is still a problem with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, according to a report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Report (MMWR) for the week of November 22, 2019. Last year, a huge turkey recall linked to a Salmonella outbreak hit the U.S. just before Thanksgiving. And the problem hasn't gone away, according to government officials. A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading food poisoning cases occurred from November 17 through March 2019. A total of 356 people in 42 states were sickened. What's noteworthy is that the MMWR report states that "cases continue to be identified." What Types of Turkey are the Problem? The patients told investigators they were exposed to various turkey products and live turkeys, suggesting that this issue is endemic in the … [Read more...]

Stater Bros. Ground Beef Salmonella Dublin Outbreak Grows to 11 Sick

The Stater Bros. ground beef Salmonella Dublin outbreak has grown by one more person, making a total of 11 sick in 7 states so far in this multistate outbreak. Eight of those patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. One person in California has died. The case count by state is: California (2), Colorado (3), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Oklahoma (1), Texas (1), and Washington (1). Illness onset dates range from August 8, 2019 to October 20, 2019. The patient age range is from 39 to 74 years. Of nine people who gave information about their illness to public health officials, eight (89%) were hospitalized. That is a very high hospitalization rate for a Salmonella outbreak, which is normally around 20%. In five ill persons, Salmonella was found in their blood, which means … [Read more...]

Stater Bros. Ground Beef Linked to Salmonella Dublin Outbreak

The USDA has posted a recall notice for Central Valley Meat Co.'s Stater Bros. ground beef that links that product to a deadly Salmonella Dublin outbreak that has sickened at least 10 people in 6 states. The notice states, "Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health partners, FSIS determined that there is a link between ground beef products from Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., and this illness cluster." The company is recalling about 34,222 ponds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Dublin. These ground beef items were produced on July 13, 2019. They include: 1 pound chub packages of “STATER BROS. 100% PURE GROUND BEEF 96% LEAN 4% FAT” with lot 2049 on the retail label, lot 19204 … [Read more...]

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