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Salmonella ‘Sausages’

Posted by feww on December 18, 2010

Foodborne Illnesses Kill 5,000 3,000 Americans and Sicken 76 48 Million Each Year: CDC

About 1 in 4 6 Americans¹ (or 76 48 million people) gets sick, 325,000 128,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses, CDC reported.

[NOTE ¹: The new CDC figures have been politically revised.]

Amazingly, most of the viruses are never identified, the agency report adds.

Image of the DaySalmonella ‘Sausages’

Under a high magnification of 10431X, half that of PHIL 10566, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) revealed a colony of Gram-negative bacilli, or rod-shaped Salmonella sp. [Salmonella typhimurium] bacteria. 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.

How do people catch Salmonella?

Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but any food, including vegetables, may become contaminated. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash hands with soap after using the bathroom.

Salmonella may also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea, and people can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with pets or pet feces. Reptiles, such as turtles, lizards, and snakes, are particularly likely to harbor Salmonella.  Many chicks and young birds carry Salmonella in their feces. People should always wash their hands immediately after handling a reptile or bird, even if the animal is healthy. Adults should also assure that children wash their hands after handling a reptile or bird, or after touching its environment. Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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:/www.fda.gov 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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