June 17, 2010: Salmonella Major Outbreak Recap

Only half way through the year and already consumers have been injured as a result of numerous Salmonella outbreaks nationwide.  Here is a recap of some of the major Salmonella outbreaks that occurred in the US during the first half of 2010:

Illinois Subway Restaurants:
80 confirmed cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss have been linked to Subway restaurants located in 26 Illinois counties. People became ill between May 11 and May 18.  No specific food has been named as the source of the contamination.

Caldwell Fresh Foods Alfalfa Sprouts:
Consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts was linked to 35 cases of Salmonella Newport in 10 states. The CDC reports that illnesses began between March 1 and May 16. Some of those sickened reported eating the sprouts at restaurants, while others purchased sprouts at grocery stores. According to the CDC, an investigation traced the contaminated sprouts to Caldwell Fresh Foods, a California-based company. On May 21, the Company recalled all alfalfa sprouts manufactured under the Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature’s Choice, and California Exotics brands. The sprouts were distributed to a variety of restaurants, delicatessens and retailers nationwide.

Daniele Inc., Ready-to-eat-meats:
A Salmonella Montevideo outbreak associated with salami and other ready-to-eat meat products produced by Daniele Inc., has sickened 272 people in 44 states since July 2009. On January 23 Daniele Inc., recalled 1.3 million pounds of ready-to-eat meat products after tests performed by the Rhode Island Department of Public Health detected the strain of Salmonella Montevideo in samples of black and red pepper used in the production of the Italian-style meats.

Frozen Ahi Tuna:
According to the Hawaii State Department of Health, 10 people in O’ahu became ill after eating imported frozen ahi tuna linked to Salmonella Paratyphi B. Individuals reported becoming ill between February 27 and April 6 after eating the raw ahi, which was purchased at various locations on O’ahu.

Ohio Restaurant, Casa Lopez:
Casa Lopez, an Athens, Ohio restaurant, was investigated by the Athens City-County Health Department for a Salmonella outbreak, which sickened 41 people since early May.

PA Restaurant, Nunzi’s Place:
On June 9, Nunzi’s Place, an Erie County, Pennsylvania restaurant, temporarily closed due to a recent Salmonella outbreak. The Erie County Health Department has reported 8 confirmed Salmonella cases linked to eating at the restaurant thus far. The health department is undergoing an investigation to determine the source of contamination.

NJ Restaurant, Iberia Peninsula:
An outbreak of Salmonella was linked to Iberia Peninsula, a Newark, New Jersey restaurant. On January 6, city health officials confirmed that the outbreak, which sickened dozens of people, was indeed caused by Salmonella.

California Margarita Mix-Off:
A Margarita Mix-Off event in Chico, California was associated with an outbreak of Salmonella, which has sickened 15 people. Food from six local restaurants was served at the May 8th event and the Butte County Public Health Department has not yet been able to pinpoint the precise source of contamination.

Oregon Restaurant, Los Dos Amigos:
An outbreak of Salmonella, which affected at least 30 people, was linked to Los Dos Amigos, a Mexican restaurant located in Roseburg, Oregon. The Douglas County Public Health Department reports that the outbreak, which occurred in mid-April, was likely caused by cross-contamination.

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To learn about recent food poisoning outbreaks and food recalls, please see Subway Shigella, E. coli Lettuce Outbreak, and Salmonella Sprouts Outbreak.