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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections

Posted by feww on December 19, 2016

Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections  –CDC

  • CDC, several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections.
    • Twenty-one people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 8 states.
    • Illness onset dates range from January 11, 2016 to October 24, 2016.
    • Eight ill people were hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory findings have linked this outbreak to contact with dairy bull calves purchased from livestock markets in Wisconsin. Dairy bull calves are young, male cattle that may be raised for meat.
  • The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory conducted antibiotic-resistance testing on clinical isolates collected from ill people infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.
    • All isolates were multidrug resistant.
    • Antibiotic resistance may be associated with increased risk of hospitalization, development of a bloodstream infection, or treatment failure in patients.


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Peanut Corp of America widens salmonella recall

Posted by feww on January 29, 2009

[8 years and at least 12 cases of salmonella infected peanut butter later] FDA inspectors discover more strains of salmonella at the Georgia plant in the center of salmonella poisoning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday said Peanut Corp of America would expand its recall to include all peanut products produced at its Blakely, Georgia plant since January 1, 2007, after FDA inspectors discovered more strains of salmonella at the plant.

Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Gram-negative bacilli, or rod-shaped Salmonella sp. The genus Salmonella is a member of the taxonomic family, Enterobacteriaceae, and approximately 2000 serotypes of this genis are known to cause disease in human beings. Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr/CDC

Case count is 501 in 43 states with latest confirmed, reported illness beginning on January 8, 2009, CDC said.

“These additional products are being recalled because there is concern of potential salmonella contamination, including contamination with salmonella strains not associated with the current outbreak,” Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said.


Persons Infected with the Outbreak Strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, United States, by State, September 1, 2008 to January 25, 2009. Image: CDC

Sundlof stressed, however, that so far the only illnesses linked to salmonella poisoning in peanut products was caused by Salmonella Typhimurium strain.

“CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and FDA will continue to monitor incidents of salmonella illness throughout the country,” he said.


“Sundlof said the expanded recall now includes all peanuts [dry and roasted ,] granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste made at the Blakely, Georgia facility, which has stopped production of all products. Reuters reported.

FDA officials don’t know how many more products will be included in the widened recall. Check their website at http:/ for updates.

The recall so far includes about 200 products in the United States, Canada and Britain, from crackers to dog treats. Reuters said.

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Global Food Safety Warning: Major Outbreak of Salmonella in New Zealand

Posted by feww on December 23, 2008

Do not consume or import New Zealand food products

Contaminated flour may have caused the national salmonella outbreak that has affected 50 people, according to the New Zealand “Food Safety” Authority

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting and headache. So far five of the victims have been hospitalized.  A woman infected with salmonella mbandaka died in Nelson, in April. Source

Champion, Edmonds, Homelife and Pam’s brand flours with best-before dates between June and July 2009 are likely to be infected and should not be eaten raw. 

Salmonella Bacteria

Safety Precautions

“NZFSA compliance and investigation director Geoff Allen said investigations had found the relatively rare salmonella phage type 42 strain in bags of flour. The same strain had infected people across the country.” Source

  • Do NOT lick the spoon during baking, especially if the source of flour is unknown!
  • Do NOT Eat raw batter or other mixes (such as cake or muffin), especially if the source of flour is unknown!
  • Avoid coming into contact with people traveling from New Zealand
  • Do not import or consume food products imported from New Zealand

[Note: Health officials are warning bakers against licking their bowls!!]

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