June 17, 2024

Deadly Salmonella Cantaloupe Outbreak Ends With 407 Sick

The deadly Salmonella cantaloupe outbreak has ended with 407 sick in 44 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is an increase of 105 more patients, 29 more hospitalizations, two more states (Vermont and North Dakota) and two more deaths since the last update was issued on December 15, 2023. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), Arizona (15), Arkansas (2),  California (56), Colorado (11), Connecticut (2), Florida (4), Georgia (8), Illinois (22), Indiana (9), Iowa (12), Kansas (2), Kentucky (10),  Maryland (9), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (7), Minnesota (29),  Mississippi (1), Missouri (15), Montana (3),  Nebraska (7), Nevada (5), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (8), New Mexico (2), New York (14), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (1), Ohio … [Read more...]

Number One 2023 Outbreak: Deadly Cantaloupe Salmonella

The number one outbreak of 2023 is the deadly cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 302 people in 42 states in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people are dead; one lived in Oregon and three lived in Minnesota. The cantaloupes were imported from Mexico by Sofia Produce doing business as Trufresh. The case count by state as of December 15, 2023 is: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (14), California (14), Colorado (9), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (6), Iowa (8), Illinois (18), Indiana (7), Kansas (2), Kentucky (8), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (6), Michigan (6), Minnesota (26), Missouri (15), Mississippi (1), Montana (2), North Carolina (6), Nebraska (7), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (6), New Mexico … [Read more...]

Stop & Shop Recalls Cantaloupe For Possible Salmonella

Stop & Shop is recalling cantaloupe for possible Salmonella contamination. This recall was posted on the Stop & Shop store recall page, not on the official FDA page, so there is no mention about whether or not any illness are linked to these specific products. There is a deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to Trufresh cantaloupe that has sickened at least 302 people in 42 states. The recalling firm is Trufresh. The cantaloupe was available for sale from October 23 through November 11, 2023. The PLU number of the fruit is 4050. You can see the full list of the affected 183 stores at the Stop & Shop web site. The states where the cantaloupe was sold are New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. If you aren't sure whether or not the cantaloupe you may have in your home is … [Read more...]

Deadly Salmonella Cantaloupe Outbreak Sickens 302 in 42 States

The deadly Salmonella cantaloupe outbreak has now sickened at least 302 people in 42 states, with 129 hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's an increase of 72 more patients, 33 new hospitalizations, and four new states since the last update a week ago. And one more person, who lived in Minnesota, has died. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (14), California (14), Colorado (9), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (6), Iowa (8), Illinois (18), Indiana (7), Kansas (2), Kentucky (8), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (6), Michigan (6), Minnesota (26), Missouri (15), Mississippi (1), Montana (2), North Carolina (6), Nebraska (7), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (6), New Mexico (2), Nevada (5), New York (10), Ohio (13), … [Read more...]

FDA Updates CORE Outbreak Investigation Table

The FDA has updated its CORE Outbreak Investigation Table to include increases in case counts and advances in some of the investigations. There are seven investigations on the table at this time. The first outbreak investigation on the FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table is the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak connected to an unidentified food. The FDA has initiated traceback, has conducted an on-site inspection, and has collected samples for analysis. Three people are sick in that outbreak. For the Salmonelal Newport outbreak in a not yet identified food, the case count has increased from 43 to 44 cases. That is an increase of one more patient since the last update. Traceback has begun, and samples have been collected and analyzed. For the deadly Salmonella Sundsvall and … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to “Highly Contaminated” Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe tied to a Salmonella outbreak that has caused hundreds of illnesses and eight deaths in the U.S. and Canada is likely "very highly contaminated," April Hexemer, an epidemiologist and director of outbreak management with the Public Health Agency Canada told CBC News this week. Cross-Contamination Risk In addition to causing severe illness, highly contaminated food also poses a major risk of cross-contaminating other foods and surfaces. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is one of the state agencies working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a "traceback" investigation tracing back the melons' journey from store shelves to fields where they were grown. Minnesota is one of two states where fatalities have been reported in this outbreak. Oregon is the … [Read more...]

Cantaloupe Salmonella Cases Almost Double to 230 Sick

Cantaloupe Salmonella cases have almost doubled, according to the CDC, to 230 sick, an increase of 113 new cases since the last update was issued on November 30, 2023. One new death has been reported, 96 people are hospitalized, and there are four new states in the case count total. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (15), California (8), Colorado (8), Georgia (3), Iowa (5), Illinois (11), Indiana (5), Kansas (2), Kentucky (7), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (20), Missouri (14), Mississippi (1), Montana (2), North Carolina (4), Nebraska (7), New Jersey (3), New Mexico (2), Nevada (5), New York (7), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (3), Oregon (5), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (6), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (5), Texas … [Read more...]

GHGA Updates Recall of Cut Cantaloupe For Possible Salmonella

GHGA is updating their recall of cut cantaloupe products to include product photos and to remove Florida from the Sprouts stores and to remove Alabama. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these specific items as of November 29, 2023. The recalling firm is GHGA of Conley, Georgia. The whole fruits that were used to make these products are linked to a deadly Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 117 people in 34 states. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA web site. All GHGA fresh cut fruit products associated with the recalled Trufresh cantaloupe have expired. But some people may have frozen these products. If you did, do not eat them. The cut fruit products were distributed to Kroger stores … [Read more...]

Pritzker Hageman Files Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit

Pritzker Hageman files cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak lawsuit, the first in the nation, on behalf of the family of a 13-month-old boy who became seriously ill and was hospitalized after eating contaminated cantaloupe that was included in a fruit platter sold at Sam's Club. The little boy was hospitalized with symptoms including bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. The child is part of a nationwide outbreak that has sickened at least 117 people in 34 states. Sixty one patients have been hospitalized, and two people who lived in Minnesota have died. Pritzker Hageman lawyer Ray Trueblood said in a statement, "Parents should never have to worry if the food they buy for their children is safe. We put our trust in food companies to produce safe food that won't make us sick. It's a … [Read more...]

Salmonella Oranienburg Cantaloupe, Cut Fruit and Canada Redux

In its November 30 update on a deadly cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the fast-growing outbreak has caused 180 illnesses, 78 hospitalizations, and three deaths in the U.S. and Canada. And that some of the patients are residents of long-term care facilities. The update also disclosed that a second Salmonella strain, Salmonella Oranienburg, has been linked to some of these illnesses. And that's notable because Oranienburg isn't a top-10 strain in the U.S. It's been linked to a handful of multistate outbreaks over the last two decades. There was a 2014 chia powder outbreak,  back-to-back outbreaks linked to shell eggs produced by the same company in 2015 and 2016,  and a 2021 fresh onions outbreak that sickened 1,040 … [Read more...]

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