On December 11, 2017, the King County Public Health Department (“DOH”) announced that they were investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis associated with the Miller’s Guild restaurant in Seattle, Washington. Six persons from four separate meal parties became ill after eating at the restaurant on different dates from August 15, 2017, to November 3, 2017. One of the ill persons was hospitalized and has since recovered.

Laboratory testing and genetic identification has indicated that three of the ill persons were infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria—Salmonella Braenderup—thereby strongly suggesting a common source of infection.

As part of the DOH investigation, Environmental Health investigators visited and closed the restaurant on November 21, 2017. During the field inspection, potential risk factors, such as practices that contribute to the risk of cross contamination, were identified, and several environmental samples were collected for. Salmonella was not found in environmental samples collected form the restaurant on November 21. However, epidemiologic and laboratory evidence from ill persons indicated that food served at Miller’s guild was the likely source of the outbreak.

On November 27, 2017, the DOH was notified of an additional ill person infected with Salmonella after eating at Miller’s Guild restaurant between October 15 and 21, 2017. The ill person was an employee at Miller’s Guild, but there was no evidence indicating that the person was the source of the outbreak.

salmonella

An outbreak of Salmonella Javiana occurred in August of 2018 among patrons of La Luz restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Thirty-one laboratory confirmed caseswere included in the outbreak, including 6 employees of the restaurant. Analysis of data did not determine a food-specific cause for the outbreak.

The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE) received a complaint on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from an individual that reported dining at the restaurant on Friday, August 10, 2018. The complainant indicated that she/he dined with two employees from that restaurant. The complainant reported becoming ill approximately 15 hours after eatingat the restaurant and reported that theemployees with whom she/he had dined also become ill.

On Friday, August 17, 2018,routine follow-up of a reported Salmonellacase from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment communicable disease reporting system identified that this case had dined at the restaurant on August 9, 2018. Also on August 17,LCDHE staff conducted an on-site investigation/inspection at the restaurant. Therestaurant’s management reported that four employees had beenill with the “stomach flu” on Thursday, August 9, 2018 and thatthese employees were still out sick and had not returned to work as of August 17, 2018. LCDHE noted several food safetyviolations, including improper cooling and cold storage, employee drinkingcups in food preparation areas, no hand soap at hand washing sinks, flies in the kitchen, soiled kitchen utensils and storage areas, a dirty anddisconnected copper pipe on a shelf above clean dishes, old food containers used for food storage, and an unshielded glass flood light.

On Monday, August 20, 2018, LCDHE staff made a second on-site visit to the restaurant. The operator was notified that all of the establishment’s employees would need to be interviewed to determine scope of duties at the restaurant and to provide information on recent health status; employees were instructed to submit rectal swabs to testfor Salmonella. By Tuesday, August 21, 2018, five laboratory confirmed Salmonellacases had beenidentified, and all reported eating at the restaurant between Thursday, August 9, 2018 and Sunday, August 12, 2018. All five cases had been hospitalized. LCDHE staff conducted a third site visit that afternoon, and the establishment was requested to voluntarily close and discontinue all food preparation and sale of food; it closed late that afternoon.

An illness questionnaire was developed by CDPHE Epi Division, and 85 individuals completed the questionnaire. All individuals who completed the questionnaire reportedeating food from the restaurant,and 61of those peoplereported symptoms of gastrointestinalillness. Of the 61 individuals, 30 (49%) were female and 31 (51%) were males. Ages ranged from 4 years to 72 years of age with the median age of 36 years. Onset of illness ranged from 2 hours to 243.5 hours with an average of 59.6 hours. Duration of symptoms ranged from 1 day to 17 days with median of 6 days (mean of 6 days). Despite an analysis of foods consumed by the people interviewed, no specific food was noted to be associated with illness.

Overall, 31 individuals were laboratory confirmed positive for Salmonella Javiana, including six of 20 restaurant employees. Cases were confirmed through culture and/or PCR; all cases had matching PFGE patterns. Five cases reported being hospitalized and no deaths were associated with this outbreak. On September 6, 2018, LCDHE approved the establishment to reopen to the public. The establishment reopened to the public on September 11, 2018, only to close for business permanently shortly after.

Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is recalling frozen ground raw tuna sourced from JK Fish of Vietnam due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled tuna was individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272

The product was sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington. These wholesalers further distribute the product to restaurants and retail locations. The product was distributed from November 30, 2018 to March 15, 2019.

Restaurants and retailers should check with their suppliers and not sell or serve recalled frozen ground tuna and should wash and sanitize locations where recalled ground tuna was stored. Consumers with concerns should ask their restaurants and retailers whether the tuna dish they are purchasing contained the recalled ground tuna.

The voluntary recall is in response to the CDC and FDA’s investigation of 13 illnesses caused by Salmonella, confirmed to date. As of today, the ground tuna samples were found negative for Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms within 12 to 72 hours after infections, according to the FDA. The illness, marked by diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, 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.

Reports of illnesses linked to these products are under investigation, and Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution. The company has been advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it has linked 93 illnesses to the strain of Salmonella under investigation. Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigations.

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.   A full list of recalled products, including the brand, product label and retailer where sold, is included below.  Caito Food and SpartanNash Company supply to independent retailers, so it is important to look at the label description and brand information to identify the product.

Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers.  Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product.

The potential that these products are contaminated with Salmonella was discovered through information gathered by state departments of public health.

The products listed below are included in this recall:

Customer Description UPC Pack Weight Label Description/Brand Plant Identifier Code States Affected Best By/Use By:
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE SPEARS 81851301294 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution HONEYDEW SPEARS 81851301300 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution MELON MIX 81851301331 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 81851301348 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution HONEYDEW CHUNKS 81851301362 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 81851301379 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNKS 81851301386 9.5 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BURST 81851301409 20 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 81851301416 48 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 81851301447 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT SNACK TRAY 81851301454 32 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 81851301461 64 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution MELON MIX SPEARS 81851301478 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BOWL 81851301485 64 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON SPEAR 81851301591 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 81851301614 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution HONEYDEW CHUNKS 81851301621 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 81851302079 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNKS 81851302147 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BURST 81851302215 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 81851217441 6 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX CHUNK 81851222308 6 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 81851222360 6 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL 81851223411 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL 81851223442 20 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL 81851223466 32 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT SPEAR ASSORTED 81851272662 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNK 81851272716 6 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNK 81851272723 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT BURST 81851272778 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution FRUIT MIX 81851272785 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution MELON MIX 81851272815 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution MIXED FRUIT CHUNK 81851272822 6 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution SEASONAL FRUIT SALAD 81851272914 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution SEASONAL FRUIT SALAD 81851272921 32 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON SPEAR 81851273010 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 81851273041 18 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 81851273058 6 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 81851273065 9.5 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON TRAY 81851302239 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Caito Foods Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 826766260317 18 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA, NC 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Gordon Food Service WATERMELON CHUNKS 826766009800 5 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IN, MI, PA, WI, KY, OH 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Gordon Food Service CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 826766009817 5 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IN, MI, PA, WI, KY, OH 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Gordon Food Service FRUIT MIX 826766257676  4.5 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IN, MI, PA, WI, KY, OH 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Gordon Food Service WATERMELON CHUNK 826766260041 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IN, MI, PA, WI, KY, OH 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Gordon Food Service MELON MIX 826766009886 5 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Caito Foods SN01 IN, MI, PA, WI, KY, OH 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Kroger MELON MIX 826766139804 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRUIT TRAY SM 826766145386 26.75 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger HONEYDEW CHUNK 49022558632 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger WATERMELON SPEAR 826766139620 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger WATERMELON CHUNK 826766139859 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger CANTALOUPE CHUNK 826766896578 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger CANTALOUPE CHUNK 826766140008 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger CANTALOUPE CHUNK 826766140060 24 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger MELON MIX 826766140077 24 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger WATERMELON CHUNK 826766140084 24 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger WATERMELON CHUNK 826766140145 48 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRUIT SNACK TRAY 826766140152 40 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRUIT MEDLEY 826766140176 10 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRUIT MEDLEY 826766140244 24 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRUIT MEDLEY 826766140305 48 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger WATERMELON CHUNK 826766896011 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Kroger WATERMELON SPEAR 826766181704 64 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger MIXED SPEARS 826766139606 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger MELON SPEAR TRIO 826766139590 16 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRU TRAY LG 826766185498 64.75 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger HONEYDEW CHUNK 826766898947 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/14/2019 and any date prior
Kroger FRUIT SALAD SEASONAL 826766898985 80 oz. Clear Generic Label Distributed by Renaissance Food Group GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Kroger SNACKER ITALIAN SALAMI 826766951246 4.75 oz. Boar’s Head Private Label GHMW IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WV 4/13/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution CANTALOUPE SPEAR 884853630856 16 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT BURST 884853630887 10 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution MELON MIX 884853630894 10 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT MIX 884853630900 10 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution HONEYDEW CHUNK 884853630924 10 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution CANTALOUPE CHUNK 884853630931 10 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution WATERMELON CHUNK 884853630948 9.5 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT BURST 884853630955 20 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT MIX 884853630962 48 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution MELON MIX 884853630986 16 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT MIX 884853630993 16 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT TRAY 884853631006 32 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT PARTY PLATTER 884853631013 64 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution WATERMELON SPEAR 884853631068 16 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution WATERMELON SPEAR 884853630672 28 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
SpartanNash Distribution FRUIT BOWL 884853631235 64 oz. Open Acres SN01 MI, IN, IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Target FRUIT BURST 826766951796 50 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Target WATERMELON CHUNK 826766951031 9.5 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Target FRUIT SNACK TRAY 826766951789 32 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Target CANTALOUPE CHUNK 826766951048 10 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Target MELON MIX 826766950898 20 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Target FRUIT BURST 826766951079 10 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Target CANTALOUPE SPEAR 826766951109 16 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Target WATERMELON SPEAR 826766951093 16 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Target CANTALOUPE CHUNK 826766951758 20 oz. Garden Highway Label GHMW IL 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Trader Joes CANTALOUPE SLICE 95266 16 oz. Trader Joes P-003 IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart CANTALOUPE SPEAR 681131180146 10 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart SEASONAL TRIO 681131180696 32 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart WATERMELON SPEAR 681131180689 32 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart SEASONAL BLEND 681131180481 10 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart SEASONAL BLEND 681131180498 16 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart WATERMELON SPEAR 681131180672 10 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart WATERMELON SPEAR 681131180665 16 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart FRUIT BOWL 681131180238 40 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart CANTALOUPE SPEAR 681131180153 16 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart WATERMELON CHUNK 681131180658 40 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart SEASONAL BLEND 681131180504 32 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Walmart FRUIT TRAY 681131180207 48 oz. Freshness Guaranteed GHMW IA, IL, IN, MO, OH, MI 4/19/2019 and any date prior
Amazon/Whole Foods WATERMELON CHUNKS 826766810956 9.5 oz. Whole Foods Market Label GHMW IL, WI 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Amazon/Whole Foods CANTALOUPE CHUNKS 826766811045 10 oz. Whole Foods Market Label GHMW IL, WI 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Amazon/Whole Foods WATERMELON SPEARS 826766810970 16 oz. Whole Foods Market Label GHMW IL, WI 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Amazon/Whole Foods MELON COMBO 826766811205 20 oz. Whole Foods Market Label GHMW IL, WI 4/18/2019 and any date prior
Amazon/Whole Foods FRUIT TRAY SMALL 826766811274 36 oz. Whole Foods Market Label GHMW IL, WI 4/18/2019 and any date prior

 

And it happened before: As of July 24, 2018, 77 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Adelaide were reported from nine states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30, 2018, to July 2, 2018. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 year to 97, with a median age of 67. Among ill people, 67% were female. Out of 70 people with information available, 36 (51%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Food regulators, health authorities and Chief Veterinary Officers in Australia are investigating a rare strain of Salmonella (Salmonella Enteritidis) associated with human illness and egg consumption.

Confirmed human cases linked to this strain have been found in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. Detections of this strain have also occurred on chicken farms in NSW, and one farm in Victoria.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is coordinating the response by food regulators under the National Food Incident Response Protocol.

The investigation has already resulted in a small number of food recalls coordinated by FSANZ, in March this year and in September last year. Biosecurity measures and other regulatory action are being applied to affected farms by the relevant authorities.

A total of 149 NSW residents have become unwell following an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis since first reported in May 2018. As a result of the ongoing joint investigation by NSW Health and NSW Food Authority into the outbreak, the following brands have been recalled:

  • Blue Mountains Free Range Eggs 700g (blue cardboard inner)
  • Blue Mountains Cage Free Eggs 700g (plain cardboard inner)
  • Fresh Eggs from My Farm 800g (plain cardboard inner)
  • Farm Fresh Eggs 600g 700g 800g (plain cardboard inner)
  • all individual eggs stamped with AF58 at the start of the code, sold in unmarked catering packs 10 to 15kg

The Best Before dates on the cartons and catering packs are 26 April 2019 or 3 May 2019.

Symptoms of salmonellosis are usually limited to mild gastroenteritis but may include fever, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Patients usually recover within a week. But the illness can lead to systemic illness and other longer-term conditions.

Severe cases of diarrhea can lead to significant dehydration which may require hospitalization and medical intervention such as intravenous fluid replacement.

Although uncommon, long-term effects may occur include reactive arthritis.

This strain can be passed from person to person; however, this is more likely to occur in young children due to poor hand hygiene.

In May 2017, Government of Canada scientists began using a new technology called “whole genome sequencing” to help identify and respond to outbreaks. Since that time, federal, provincial and territorial health and food safety partners have investigated 17 national outbreaks linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products. In total, there have been 14 food products linked to these outbreak investigations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued food recall warnings for 13 products. One product was removed from the marketplace by the retailer.

As of March 22, 2019, there have been 566 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella illness investigated as part of the illness outbreaks across the country: British Columbia (42), Alberta (84), Saskatchewan (18), Manitoba (27), Ontario (209), Quebec (115), New Brunswick (30), Nova Scotia (18), Prince Edward Island (6), Newfoundland and Labrador (12), Northwest Territories (2), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2). There have been 95 individuals hospitalized as part of these outbreaks. Three individuals have died; however, Salmonella was not the cause of death for two of those individuals, and it was not determined whether Salmonella contributed to the cause of death for the third individual. Infections have occurred in Canadians of all ages and genders.

All active and future Salmonella outbreak investigations linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products, and related food recall warnings will be listed in the next section of the public health notice to remind Canadians of the ongoing risk associated with these types of food products.

As of March 22, 2019, there are three active national Salmonella outbreak investigations linked to raw chicken including frozen raw breaded chicken products, coordinated by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the FDA investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections. This outbreak was detected when a cluster of people infected with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- was identified by CDC PulseNet. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that kratom was the likely source of this multistate outbreak. Kratom, or Mitragyna speciose, is a plant that grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute.

State and local health officials interviewed ill people to ask about the foods they ate and other exposures before they became ill. Seventy-six (74%) of 103 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea. Most people reported consuming the powder form of kratom. People who reported consuming kratom purchased it from retail locations in several states and from various online retailers.

During the investigation, health and regulatory officials in several states and the FDA collected various leftover and unopened kratom products from several retail locations and online retailers to test for Salmonella contamination. As additional strains of Salmonella were identified in kratom products, a search of the CDC PulseNet database identified ill people infected with some of these strains, including Salmonella Heidelberg, Salmonella Javiana, Salmonella Okatie, Salmonella Weltevreden, and Salmonella Thompson. These ill people were added to the outbreak investigation. Eighty-five different DNA fingerprints of Salmonella bacteria were identified in samples of kratom products. Several companies issued recalls of kratom products.

As of May 24, 2018, 199 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella were reported from 41 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 11, 2017 to May 8, 2018. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 to 75 years, with a median age of 38. Among ill people, 52% were male. Of 132 people with available information, 50 (38%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

In early November 2017 Wisconsin local and state health authorities were notified of two unrelated salmonellosis cases. When interviewed, both cases reported attending a “Murder Mystery” event at Le Chateau on October 26th, 2017 and October 28th, 2017. Le Chateau is a French restaurant that serves a complex menu, serving only 35 meals a day on average. Both cases also reported having meal companions who fell ill after the event.

On November 16, 2017 La Crosse County Health Department initiated a foodborne outbreak investigation. Contact information for all parties and groups was gathered from Le Chateau, and a list of all foods served at this event over the course of the three days was generated. A total of roughly 150 people attended the “Murder Mystery” event over the course of the three days. 57 of those attendees were interviewed by Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Of those, 18 people reported becoming ill with symptoms consistent with Salmonella infection between 1 to 5 days after dining at Le Chateau. Stool samples were tested from five of these patients in total. These five stool samples all cultured positive for the same strain of SalmonellaS. enteritidis, indicating that all five patients were likely exposed to the same source of infection.

Of the 57 attendees interviewed, 29 people were considered as control in a case-control study conducted by La Crosse County Health Department and Wisconsin Department of Health. The rest of the 57 people were excluded from the study due to inadequate information. The epidemiologic case-control analysis concluded that the consumption of chicken kabobs at Le Chateau between October 26th, 2017 and October 28th, 2017 was significantly associated with illness. More so, multiple attendees reported to the public health officials that the chicken kabobs appeared undercooked during the event. No other foods were found to be significantly associated with illness. Although La Crosse County Health Department was unable to collect any food sample from this event to test for Salmonella enteritidis due to the delay in reporting and investigation, results from interviews, the case-control study, and the environmental assessment of Le Chateau indicate that food served at the “Murder Mystery” events was the most likely cause of infection in the attendees.

On September 21, 2017, the Central District Health Department received three lab reports and one clinical diagnosis for Salmonella infections of patrons who had all eaten at Chiang Mai House Thai Restaurant, located at 4898 West Emerald Street in Boise, Idaho. In total, six individuals with Salmonella infections were reported to the Central District Health Department and included in the Chiang Mai House Thai Salmonella outbreak (Outbreak ID# 2017-081). Five of the six cases were culture confirmed and were infected with the same strain of Salmonella. All cases ate food prepared at Chiang Mai House Thai on or after September 13. Four out of six of the reported cases consumed contaminated food catered for an office lunch meeting. Reported symptom onset dates ranged from September 16 to September 19.

Environmental Health inspectors conducted an on-site outbreak investigation at the restaurant on September 21. Inspectors observed food preparation and collected environmental swabs and food samples to be tested for Salmonella at the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. Environmental testing included swabs from the walk-in refrigerator door, meat slicer, cutting boards, and food storage containers. Food samples for testing included prepared egg rolls, curry, and dipping sauces, as well as unprepared cilantro, pork, and eggs. All samples collected tested negative for Salmonella. However, five of the six cases reported eating fresh spring rolls, and the sixth case was not certain what they ate. Therefore, fresh spring rolls are the most likely outbreak vehicle. No employees reported being ill on September 13.

Health Department investigators determined that the Chiang Mai House Thai Restaurant Salmonella outbreak was a point source outbreak that lasted from the evening of September 13 to the morning of September 14. No secondary cases were identified by the health department investigation. The restaurant voluntarily closed on September 22 for 24 hours for deep cleaning and food disposal.

The Chicago Department of Public Health identified an outbreak of Salmonella, impacting at least 14 people, on September 1, 2017.[1]The outbreak was detected by Chicago Department of Public Health officials’ ongoing surveillance, reviewing laboratory reports of patients diagnosed with specific diseases. Investigators recognized an uptick in a particular laboratory serotype of Salmonella cases, Salmonella Schwarzengrund, and then contacted patients to determine if there were any commonalities between the cases. This les to the determination that a number of individuals with Salmonella Schwarzengrund had recently eaten at Best BBQ Ribs restaurant, located at 1648 W. 115thStreet in Chicago, Illinois.

Food safety investigators inspected Best BBQ on August 31, 2017.[2]The inspection revealed critical violations that could have contributed to bacteria contamination, growth, and spread, including storage of meats at unsafe temperatures and inadequate measures to prevent contamination by pests and rodents.

After a request from Chicago Department of Public Health, Best BBQ voluntarily closed in order to fully cooperate with the outbreak investigation. Working with food protection inspectors, the restaurant addressed possible contamination issues to ensure that sanitation and health standards were met.

At least six individuals were hospitalized related to the Best BBQ Salmonella outbreak.

_______________________

[1]https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/inspections_and_permitting/news/2017/september/cdph-identifies-salmonella-outbreak-linked-to-morgan-park-restau.html

[2]http://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/healthinspection/inspection.jsp