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The CDC said that epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from multiple sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading.
People sickened in the outbreak reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations. Two victims lived in a household where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets.
The outbreak strain has been identified as Salmonella Reading in samples taken from both raw turkey products, including pet food, and live turkeys. A single, common supplier of live turkeys or raw turkey products has not been identified.
Salmonella in the news: raw turkey not alone
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert for foods that contain whey powder, including Ritz and Goldfish crackers.
Mondelēz Global LLC recalled certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and other Ritz Bits products available nationwide. The voluntary recall is a precaution; no complaints of illness have been reported.
The recalled product list includes Ritz Bits cheese cracker sandwiches and mixed cookie and cracker variety packs.
Pepperidge Farm issued a recall for four varieties of its Goldfish crackers distributed nationwide:
- Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar
- Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion
- Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
- Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.
Raw turkey Salmonella outbreak: more headlines
It has been a busy year for Salmonella, and we are barely more than a half-year in. Here is a look at some of the more eye-opening Salmonella outbreaks from the first six months of 2018:
Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad
On July 17, the Iowa-based Hy-Vee grocery store chain voluntarily recalled its Spring Pasta Salad after tests revealed it was contaminated with Salmonella. The CDC reported that 21 people in five Midwest states – Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota – got sick after eating the Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad. Five victims were hospitalized.
Hy-Vee has more than 240 stores in eight states. In addition to the five above, there are Hy-Vee stores in Illinois, Kansas and Wisconsin.
Hy-Vee’s Spring Pasta Salad contains shell pasta, mayonnaise, carrots, celery, cucumbers, onions and green pepper. It was sold in sealed, 16-ounce or 48-ounce containers, or scooped at the deli counter into clear plastic containers.
The pre-cut melon products were made by Caito Foods in Indianapolis and shipped in clear, plastic containers. The products were sold by numerous retail outlets, including Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Pay Less Super Markets, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon. (Please click here for the complete list.)
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
Honey Smacks cereal was the subject of a nationwide recall announced June 14. The CDC linked the cereal to a Salmonella outbreak in which 100 people have been sickened in 33 states. In addition, 30 people have been hospitalized.
The FDA reported June 14 that the Kellogg Company voluntarily recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Honey Smacks with a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. The 15.3-ounce boxes of Honey Smacks have a UPC code of 38000 39103; the 23-ounce boxes have a UPC code of 38000 14810.
On June 16, the CDC urged consumers to avoid Honey Smacks altogether. “Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size package,” the CDC said in its statement. “Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.”
On June 14, the CDC declared a Salmonella outbreak from contaminated eggs as being over. The final case count was 45 people in 10 states, with 11 people hospitalized.
According to the CDC, all evidence – epidemiological, laboratory, and traceback – indicated that the eggs were produced by Rose Acre Farms’ production facility in Hyde County, NC. In mid-April, the FDA announced that Rose Acre Farms had voluntarily recalled more than 200 million eggs that had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.