August 2011

On April 26, 2010, Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) received five Salmonella positive test results from a local laboratory. This influx of positive Salmonella reports immediately caught the attention of DCHD communicable disease staff as five cases in a single day is well above the county’s typical annual number of reported Salmonella cases. There were

A total of 106 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Agona were reported from 25 states between January 1 and August 25, 2011.

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Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory investigations linked this outbreak to eating fresh, whole papayas imported from Mexico by Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas.

On July 23, 2011, Agromod Produce, Inc.

Among persons for whom information is available, illnesses began on or after February 27, 2011. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 89 years old, with a median age of 21 years old. Fifty-five percent are male. Among the 73 ill persons with available information, 27 (37%) have been hospitalized. One

A Virginia company is recalling a cheddar cheese spread because of fears it’s contaminated with salmonella.

Miss Bonnie’s Gourmet of Winchester is recalling its Gourmet Classic Cheddar Cheese Spread distributed between Aug. 1 and Aug. 10, with a “best-by” date of Dec. 23, 2011. The batch code number is: 0116206G113.

The recalled spread is packaged

WDRB, Louisville, Kentucky reports that Carter Martinette, a Louisville woman, became sick with salmonella poisoning from the same strain of tainted turkey that forced a massive, nationwide recall.

Carter Martinette says, “I don’t know, I got two kids that eat a lot of turkey, so that definitely scares me.” WDRB News met Martinette outside the

Asks Congress to Give USDA Recall Authority

Yonkers, N.Y.—Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to drastically tighten its present Salmonella standard, which allows almost half the samples tested at a ground turkey plant to be contaminated with this disease-causing bug. Consumers Union also called

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) announced an advisory late Friday night (without naming states), FSIS also continues to keep the manufacturers name quiet. This despite the CDC announcing that cultures of four ground turkey samples purchased from four retail locations between March 7 and June 27, 2011 yielded Salmonella