July 23, 2024

Salmonella Stanley Wood Ear Mushroom Outbreak Number Four of 2020

The Salmonella Stanley wood ear mushroom outbreak is the number four multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2020. Wood ear mushrooms are also known as kikurage or dried fungus. At least 55 people in 12 states were sickened in this outbreak. Six people were hospitalized because they were so ill. The patient case count by state was: Arizona (1), California (33), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (5), Louisiana (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (2), Washington (5), and Wisconsin (2). The patient age range is from 2 to 74 years. Illness onset dates ranged from January 21, 2020 to September 19, 2020. These dried wood ear mushrooms were sold only to restaurants and not to consumers. On September 23, 2020, Wismettac Asian Foods recalled dried fungus for … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Wood Ear Mushroom Outbreak Sickens 43

The Salmonella Stanley wood ear mushroom outbreak has now sickened at least 43 people in 10 states, according to the FDA. Out outbreak is likely linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods of Santa Fe Springs, California. This dried mushroom is also known as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu'er/Mu Er/Mu-Err. Almost 90% of 18 people interviewed by the government said they ate ramen at a restaurant the week before they starting feeling sick. Four illness clusters were identified at restaurants that serve ramen in three states. The California Department of Public Health collected samples of those  Wismettac Asian Foods mushrooms from one of the restaurants where a patient ate. On October 1, 2020, officials said that whole genome sequencing … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Outbreak Linked to Raw Cashew Cheese

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a Salmonella Stanley outbreak linked to raw cashew cheese produced by The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, California. Cashew cheese is a non-dairy product made from raw cashews. The product has been recalled. A total of 14 people in 3 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of this bacteria. Most of the ill people (85%) are from California. The case count by state is as follows: California (12), Nevada (1), and Wyoming (1). Twenty-five percent of the patients have been hospitalized. There have been no deaths. This strain of Salmonella Stanley is rare and has been seen only 20 times before this outbreak. Among patients who were interviewed, illness onset dates range from November 13, 2013 to December 9, … [Read more...]

Illinois McDonalds Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Will Reopen

The McDonalds restaurant in Bloomington, Illinois that closed because of a link to a Salmonella Stanley outbreak will reopen. The McLean County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health tested employees for the bacteria, and cleared them. All of the samples collected from environmental testing in the establishment were free of the bacteria. The Health Departments are still investigating the source of the outbreak. They suspect that contamination came from an infected person rather than food containing the pathogen. Twelve people who ate at several restaurants in central Illinois were sickened with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. The cases presented from October 18 to November 11, 2012. Not all of the confirmed cases are linked to that specific McDonalds … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Outbreak Closes McDonald’s in McLean County Illinois

The McDonald's restaurant on South Main Street in Bloomington Illinois has closed voluntarily because of a link with a Salmonella Stanley outbreak in McLean County.  The outbreak is also linked to other restaurants in central Illinois. The McLean County Health Department reports that human transmission may be the source of the bacteria rather than a specific food or foods. There is a confirmed link between one outbreak case and the McDonald's in question.  Public health officials are waiting for more lab results before they proceed with the investigation. The Illinois Department of Public Health is also investigating the outbreak. Patrons of restaurants reported becoming ill from October 18 to November 11, 2012. The employees of the McDonald's restaurant are being tested to see if … [Read more...]

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