January 2012

Hannaford’s ground beef sickened at least 19 people in 7 states with an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella Typhimurium.  As has long been known, the investigation into the outbreak by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was complicated by the store’s sloppy recordkeeping.  In fact, Hannafords stores did not track at all where the component parts of their

Today the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, all linked to a Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain known as “Restaurant Chain A.” 

The investigation was unable to identify a specific food item as the culprit, but data indicated that contamination likely occurred before the product reached Restaurant

The CDC issued its final update on the investigation into the 190 Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses linked to Schreiber Processing’s “kosher broiled chicken livers.”  The following are highlights of the outbreak investigation:

  • A total of 190 illnesses due to Salmonella Heidelberg with the outbreak pattern were reported from 6 states.
  • The number of ill persons identified in each state the product is distributed to is as follows: New York (109), New Jersey (62), Pennsylvania (10), Maryland (6), Ohio (2), and Minnesota (1).
  • Collaborative investigative efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that a product labeled as “kosher broiled chicken livers” is the source of this outbreak.
  • Contaminated “kosher broiled chicken livers” were recalled from grocery stores but may still be in consumers’ homes.
  • Consumers should check their homes for recalled products and not eat them; restaurant and food service operators should not serve them.
  • This particular outbreak appears to be over. However, Salmonella is still an important cause of human illness in the United States.


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