Entries in Salmonella (4)


Turkey Plant May Be Salmonella Link

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- According to The New York Times, federal officials said on Tuesday that they were investigating an apparently link between ground turkey meat and a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that has so far killed one person and sickened at least 76 more in 26 states.

Although no meat has been recalled, federal officials have said that evidence found points to a single ground turkey factory. They have declined to identify it or the company involved, but the meat processor Cargill said that it had been contacted by the Agriculture Department and was asked to provide information as part of the ongoing investigation.

 “We are cooperating with the agency’s ongoing investigation into the source of the illnesses,” Mike Martin, a Cargill spokesman, said in an e-mail message.

Food safety advocates said the outbreak was particularly alarming because it involved a strain of salmonella that is resistant to antibiotics.

U.S.D.A. spokesman Neil Gaffney said in an e-mail that so far, there was not enough evidence that “conclusively links these illnesses to any specific product or establishment. Without specific enough data, it would not be appropriate to issue a recall notice.”

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CDC, FDA Investigating Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Center for Disease Control announced that it will work with the FDA and state public officials in several states and Washington, D.C. to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections.

Eighty-nine individuals in 15 states and Washington, D.C have reportedly been infected with a strain of Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i: between Nov. 1 and Dec. 21 in Connecticut (1), Washington, D.C. (1), Georgia (1), Hawaii (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (50), Indiana (9), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (14), New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (1), Virginia (1) and Wisconsin (3), respectively.  Infected patients range in age from one to 75, with a median age of 28. 

Though no deaths have been reported, 23 percent of documented cases have been hospitalized.  The CDC says that patients generally experience illness for four to seven days, with most patients recovering without any treatment.

Preliminary results of the ongoing investigation have linked eating alfalfa sprouts at a national food chain to some reported cases of exposure.  The CDC advises consumers with weakened immune systems (children, elderly, pregnant women and those with immune deficiencies) to avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (alfalfa, clover, radish and mug bean sprouts).  Consumers should cook sprouts thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria and request that raw sprouts not be added to food at restaurants or otherwise. 

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FDA OKs Shipment of Eggs from Company Involved in Recall

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Administration is allowing one of the two companies involved in the nationwide egg recall over salmonella to begin shipping eggs again.

Hillandale Farms has been authorized to start shipping eggs from three of its egg producing hen houses.  The FDA says these three houses have undergone extensive testing, and there is no evidence of salmonella contamination.

Meanwhile, Wright County Eggs, the other company at the center of the recall, is still prohibited from shipping eggs.  The FDA has sent the company, which has a long history of violations, a warning letter that finds "serious deviations" from the administration's egg safety regulations.  It also finds that the company's eggs have not been prepared, packed or held under sanitary conditions.

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An Apology And No Apologies From Iowa Egg Farmers 

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images.(WASHINGTON) -- The “egg men” appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer lawmakers’ questions about the recent salmonella outbreak that made more than 1,700 people sick and called into question the conditions on farms that produce the tainted eggs that caused the illnesses.  Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, asked farm owner Austin "Jack" DeCoster to comment on the damage done to Iowa's egg industry caused by the revelation of filthy conditions at his farm.  DeCoster replied, "I feel very bad about it, very very bad.  It's a horrible thing."  DeCoster offered an apology to individuals sickened by eating eggs from his farm. Hillandale Farms chief executive Orland Bethel chose not to answer questions and invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid incriminating himself.  All told, more than 500 million eggs were recalled from the two Iowa farms in the largest such action in U.S. history, with dozens of brands in 22 states affected by the recall.

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