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Michigan health officials investigate at least 11 salmonella infections

State health officials are investigating at least 11 salmonella infections among Michigan residents who drank unpasteurized orange juice recalled by a Florida company.

The cases were reported between early May and early June, Michigan Department of Community Health director Janet Olszewski said in a statement. Eight were reported in children and five required hospitalization. There have been no deaths.

Several other cases in Michigan and elsewhere are under investigation, Olszewski said.

The infections appear to be linked to unpasteurized orange juice products recalled Friday by Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Fla. The company said at the time it was recalling the products due to possible salmonella contamination.

The juice is packaged and distributed under a variety of brand names, including Nino Salvaggio’s, Westborn Market and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice, among others.

The products do not bear a warning label that the juice is unpasteurized. While 98 percent of juice in the United States is pasteurized, the rest, mostly freshly squeezed juice, is not, the MDCH said.