CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections.

As of January 12, 2018, 25 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- (24 people) or Salmonella Newport (1 person) have been reported from 9 states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Washington. One more ill person infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- has been reported from Canada.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 11, 2017 to November 4, 2017. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 82, with a median age of 19. Among ill people, 19 (76%) are male. Six people (24%) report being hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut is the likely source of this multistate outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.

Throughout the outbreak investigation, state and local health officials have collected different food items from restaurants where ill people consumed Asian-style dessert drinks. In November 2017, laboratory testing of a sample from coconut milk made in one restaurant in New York did not identify the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:-, but did identify a strain of Salmonella Newport. This sample was from coconut milk made with Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut, as well as other ingredients. WGS showed that the Salmonella Newport isolated from the coconut milk was closely related genetically to a Salmonella Newport isolate from an ill person from Massachusetts who had consumed an Asian-style dessert drink.

In December 2017, officials in Massachusetts collected food items from a restaurant where that ill person had consumed Asian-style dessert drinks. One sample from frozen shredded coconut identified a strain of Salmonella that was new to the PulseNet database and has not been linked to any illnesses. This sample was from an unopened package of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut. As a result, on January 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut. The recalled product was packaged in 16-ounce plastic bags.

Officials in Massachusetts returned to the restaurant and collected more Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut in January 2018. On January 12, laboratory testing confirmed that samples from that frozen shredded coconut identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:-. Laboratory testing of other samples identified several types of Salmonella bacteria, including Salmonella Javiana, Salmonella Rissen, and Salmonella Thompson. These samples were from unopened packages of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut sold before January 3, 2018. CDC is reviewing the PulseNet database to determine if the other Salmonella isolates from the frozen shredded coconut are linked to any illnesses.

The frozen shredded coconut linked to this outbreak was used as an ingredient in Asian-style dessert drinks served at restaurants. The product was also sold in grocery stores and markets in several states. Frozen shredded coconut can last for several months if kept frozen and may still be in retail stores or in people’s homes. CDC recommends that retailers not sell, restaurants not serve, and consumers not eat recalled Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut.

Eggnog from a Tiverton dairy is being recalled, the state health department said Tuesday. Arruda’s Dairy Farms is recalling its pint, quart, and half-gallon containers of egg nog, due to possible contamination from Salmonella bacteria. The sell dates are Feb. 3 and 1o, 2018.

No one became ill, the health department said, but the problem was discovered during routine product sampling.

“The recalled packages were distributed to home delivery customers and throughout eastern Rhode Island and the Fall River area of Massachusetts through retail stores,” the health department said.

Here is the information from the press release.

The production of the product has been suspended while RIDOH and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Arruda’s has cooperated fully with RIDOH during the investigation.

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In Minnesota, the Bemidji Pioneer reported two Burger King restaurants in Bemidji temporarily closed Thursday after more than two dozen people contracted salmonella after eating there.  Doug Schultz, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health, said the department has confirmed 27 cases, and received reports of four more probable cases.

Both Burger King sites voluntarily decided to close Thursday. Most cases were identified in September, he said, but the victims may have been exposed to salmonella before then. Two additional cases came to light this week, prompting the closures.

The Washington State Department of Health announced today a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.

People who purchased these products on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market in Washington and Oregon are urged not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

Eighteen people from King (5), Mason (1), Pierce (1), Snohomish (7), Thurston (1), and Yakima (1) counties and two individuals from Oregon have been diagnosed with Salmonella.

Lab results identified Salmonella Newport as the cause.

 

Relish Foods, Inc of Culver City, California voluntarily initiated the recall of Frozen Newport Brand Tuna Loins. The recall was the result of sampling by FDA which revealed that the product has potential to contain the bacteria Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Relish Foods Inc is continuing the investigation with FDA as to what caused the problem.

Product was distributed in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona states between 8/15/2017 and 9/25/2017, through food service operations, retail stores, and restaurants. Product was distributed as 5 to 8 pound, vacuum packed, frozen whole tuna loins packed in 30 pound Newport brand master cases. Master cases are labeled with the production lot codes of MTNT 0947C, MTNT 0957B, MTNT 0967A, and MTNT 0977D.

On the retail side this product would have been distributed to retailers Basha’s, Randall’s Fine Meats, Yokes Fresh Market, CalMart, Raley’s, Concord Produce Market, Bel Air Market and Speedy Market and Nob Hill.

Product was distributed to the following retail locations and may have been sold in an unbranded form:

BASHA’S #71 TUCSON AZ
BASHA’S #66 CAREFREE AZ
BASHA’S #47 FOUNTAIN HILLS AZ
RANDALS FINE MEATS FLAGSTAFF AZ
YOKES FRESH MKT #07 DEER PARK WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #10 MEAD WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #13 KENNEWICK WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #11 SPOKANE WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #05 KELLOGG ID
YOKES FRESH MKT #15 RICHLAND WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #16 LIBERTY LAKE WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #17 POST FALLS ID
YOKES FRESH MKT #20 CHENEY WA
CAL MART CALISTOGA CA
RALEY’S #103 SEAFOOD RENO NV
RALEY’S #106 SEAFOOD RENO NV
RALEY’S #108 SEAFOOD RENO NV
RALEY’S #109 SEAFOOD GARDNERVILLE NV
RALEY’S #110 SEAFOOD SPARKS NV
RALEY’S #113 SEAFOOD INCLINE NV
RALEY’S #114 SEAFOOD CARSON CITY NV
RALEY’S #119 SEAFOOD SO. LAKE TAHOE CA
RALEY’S #127 SEAFOOD SO. LAKE TAHOE CA
RALEY’S #213 SEAFOOD GRASS VALLEY CA
RALEY’S #229 SEAFOOD AUBURN CA
RALEY’S #317 SEAFOOD TRACY CA
RALEY’S #319 SEAFOOD NAPA CA
RALEY’S #331 SEAFOOD FAIRFIELD CA
RALEY’S #332 SEAFOOD FAIRFIELD CA
RALEY’S #343 SEAFOOD BENICIA CA
RALEY’S #410 SEAFOOD FOLSOM CA
RALEY’S #412 SEAFOOD GRANITE BAY CA
RALEY’S #417 SEAFOOD FAIR OAKS CA
RALEY’S #421 SEAFOOD FAIR OAKS CA
RALEY’S #422 SEAFOOD PLACERVILLE CA
RALEY’S #426 SEAFOOD JACKSON CA
RALEY’S #440 SEAFOOD RANCHO CORDOVA CA
CONCORD PRODUCE MRKT CONCORD CA
RALEY’S #338 SEAFOOD OAKDALE CA
RALEY’S #339 SEAFOOD MODESTO CA
RALEY’S #329 SEAFOOD PETALUMA CA
BEL AIR MKT #501 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #502 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #509 SEAFOOD ROSEVILLE CA
BEL AIR MKT #514 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #516 SEAFOOD ELK GROVE CA
BEL AIR MKT #517 SEAFOOD AUBURN CA
BEL AIR MKT #519 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #521 SEAFOOD YUBA CITY CA
BEL AIR MKT #522 SEAFOOD GOLD RIVER CA
BEL AIR MKT #524 SEAFOOD FOLSOM CA
BEL AIR MKT #528 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
SPD MARKET #1 NEVADA CITY CA
NOB HILL #602 SEAFOOD GILROY CA
NOB HILL #603 SEAFOOD MORGAN HILL CA
NOB HILL #605 SEAFOOD HOLLISTER CA
NOB HILL #615 SEAFOOD CAPITOLA CA
NOB HILL #617 SEAFOOD WATSONVILLE CA
NOB HILL #620 SEAFOOD SCOTTS VALLEY CA
NOB HILL #621 SEAFOOD MARTINEZ CA
NOB HILL #623 SEAFOOD NAPA CA
NOB HILL #635 SEAFOOD SAN JOSE CA

Product from the recalled lots will have been displayed at their seafood departments where the product sold is likely to have been sold as steak loins or pieces of loins on a tray with clear plastic wrap cover. It may also have been sold out of the fresh case and wrapped in “butcher paper” to the customer’s order.

The Louisiana’s Department of Health is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in Caldwell Parish that has sickened more than 100 and may have contributed to one death. Local and state authorities trying to determine if the death of a 56-year-old man, Duane Reitzell, was connected to a mass illness.

Samantha Hartmann, press officer for the Louisiana Department of Health, said preliminary tests of samples have returned positive for Salmonella.

As of Thursday, 49 cases of a gastrointestinal illness were confirmed with 31 people hospitalized, the Department of Health reported. The ages of those with a confirmed illness range from 15 to 70.

State officials also reported Thursday samples taken from five people have tested positive for salmonella.

Sheriff Clay Bennett, who also is sick, said more than 100 residents have sought medical treatment. Bennett said workers at the sheriff’s office also fell ill Tuesday afternoon. He said employees ate jambalaya from a local softball fundraiser, but no one was certain about the origin of the illness. Bennett said the illness could have come from anything.

Virginia Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of the state’s Eastern Shore Health District, said by phone Wednesday that half of them have sought medical treatment. Some have been hospitalized.

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.

Matson said most people sickened by the bacteria have already become ill with diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

Officials are asking cook-off attendees to fill out a survey as they determine the bacteria’s source.

People who’ve gotten sick live in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.

 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is advising consumers not to drink Pride & Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk because it may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious illness.

This public health notice was initiated after routine sampling by WSDA found salmonella in bottled organic retail raw milk collected from the Pride & Joy Dairy in Toppenish. The product has a best-by date of October 4 (OCT 4). WSDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Currently, there are no reported cases of human illnesses associated with this product.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in humans. Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately contact a health care provider.

The company sells its products in pint, quart, half-gallon, and one-gallon plastic containers. This public health notice includes all container sizes.

According to Pride & Joy Dairy’s website, the firm distributes their products to the following locations in Washington state:

Eastern Washington:

Pride & Joy Dairy farm store (Granger)

Bear Foods (Chelan)

Better Life Natural Foods (Ellensburg)

Settler’s Country Market (Ephrata and Moses Lake)

Sage Mountain Natural Foods (Leavenworth)

The Mazama Store (Mazama)

Yoke’s Fresh Market (Richland)

Glover Street Market (Twisp)

Lemongrass Natural Foods (Wenatchee)

Rhubarb Market (Wenatchee)

Wenatchee Natural Foods (Wenatchee)

Mill Creek Natural Foods (Union Gap)

Rosauers Supermarkets (Yakima)

Drop-off group locations:

Cle Elum

Ellensburg

Leavenworth

Selah

Wenatchee

Western Washington:

Marvel Food and Deli (Auburn)

Battle Ground Produce (Battle Ground)

The Family Grocer (Duvall)

Sno-Isle Food Co-op (Everett)

Marlene’s Market & Deli (Federal Way and Tacoma)

San Juan Island Food Co-op (Friday Harbor)

Nature’s Market (Kent)

Sunshine Corners Nutrition (Kent)

Skagit Valley Food Co-op (Mount Vernon)

Central Co-op (Seattle)

Arnada Naturals (Vancouver)

Chuck’s Produce (2 locations in Vancouver)

Drop-off group locations

Auburn

Bellevue

Bothell

Issaquah/Tiger Mountain

Kenmore

Kent/Covington

Kirkland

Lake City

Lynnwood

North Bend

Puyallup

Sammamish

Seattle/Seward Park

Shoreline

This outbreak is one of four separate outbreaks currently under investigation that are linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico

This past spring, CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Anatum infections.

Fourteen people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum were reported from three states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 20, 2016, to April 8, 2017. Five ill people were hospitalized. One death was reported from California.

On September 4, 2017, FDA testing identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum from a sample taken from an imported papaya at the U.S.-Mexico border. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that Maradol papayas imported by Bravo Produce Inc. of San Ysidro, California, are the likely source of this multistate outbreak. On September 10, 2017, Bravo Produce Inc. recalled Maradol papayas packed by Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de RL de CV. The papayas were distributed to California from August 10 to August 29, 2017.

A total of 201 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Thompson (131), Salmonella Kiambu (57), Salmonella Agona (8), or Salmonella Gaminara (5) have been reported from 23 states.

Sixty-five ill people have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.

The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections.

This outbreak includes four different types of Salmonella: Thompson, Kiambu, Agona, and Gaminara. The same strain of these types of Salmonella were found in samples collected from papayas and from ill people.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico are the likely source of this multistate outbreak.

Two additional outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to imported papayas from two other farms in Mexico, Caraveo Produce and El Zapotanito, have been identified. Available information indicates that illnesses in these two outbreaks are not linked to papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm and are being investigated separately.

CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche, Caraveo Produce, or El Zapotanito farms in Mexico.

Because three separate outbreaks linked to papayas from different farms have been identified, CDC is concerned that papayas from several other farms in Mexico might be contaminated with Salmonella and have made people sick.

A total of 173 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Kiambu (51), Salmonella Thompson (111), Salmonella Agona (7), or Salmonella Gaminara (4) have been reported from 21 states.  Connecticut 6, Delaware 4, Iowa 2, Illinois 3, Kentucky 4, Louisiana 1, Maryland 8, Massachusetts 8, Michigan 1, Minnesota 4, Missouri 1, North Carolina 5, New Jersey 36, New York 50, Ohio 1, Oklahoma 4, Pennsylvania 8, Tennessee 1, Texas 9, Virginia 16, Wisconsin 1.  Fifty-eight ill people have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.

The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections. This outbreak includes four different types of Salmonella: Kiambu, Thompson, Agona, and Gaminara. The same strain of these types of Salmonella were found in samples collected from papayas and from ill people.

 

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico are the likely source of this multistate outbreak. Three brands of Maradol papayas have been recalled: Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce; certain Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s; and Valery brand papayas, distributed by Freshtex Produce, LLC. If anyone has these papayas in their home, they should dispose of them immediately. The FDA has also added the Carica de Campeche farm to Import Alert (IA) 99-35, after testing found multiple strains of Salmonella present in the fruit. Thus far, Salmonella strains matching the outbreak patterns by PFGE were only isolated from papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm.

As of August 9, 2017, 141 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Kiambu (51) or Salmonella Thompson (90) have been reported from 19 states. Connecticut 5, Delaware 4, Iowa 2, Illinois 2, Kentucky 3, Louisiana 2, Maryland 8, Massachusetts 6, Michigan 1, Minnesota 4, North Carolina 3, New Jersey 27, New York 39, Ohio 1, Oklahoma 4, Pennsylvania 8, Texas 7, Virginia 14, Wisconsin 1, Total 141
Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2017 to July 27, 2017. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 95, with a median age of 39. Among 136 ill people with available information, 83 (61%) are female. Among 98 people with available information, 66 (67%) are of Hispanic ethnicity. Among 103 people with available information, 45 (44%) have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.

Illnesses that occurred after July 14, 2017, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

Based on information collected to date, CDC is now recommending that consumers not eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico. If consumers aren’t sure if their Maradol papaya came from the Carica de Campeche farm, they should ask the place of purchase. When in doubt, don’t eat it; just throw it out. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm.

As was reported in the last update on August 4, FDA tested other papayas imported from Mexico and isolated several types of Salmonella bacteria, including Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Gaminara, Salmonella Thompson, and Salmonella Senftenberg. CDC is working to determine if there are any illnesses with these other types of Salmonella linked to this outbreak.

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico because they are linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis.

Three brands of Maradol papayas have been recalled: Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce; certain Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s; and Valery brand papayas, distributed by Freshtex Produce, LLC. If anyone has these papayas in their home, they should dispose of them immediately.