Just ten days ago, I wrote here about the deadly listeria outbreak, linked to cantaloupes, in which 25 people have died so far, and another 98 have been sickened. It is the deadliest known outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. since an outbreak of listeria in Mexican-style cheese in 1985.
Now It’s Salmonella And Lettuce….
In the next case of food-related illnesses, more than 3,000 cases of bagged salad blends have been recalled by Taylor Farms Retail due to worries about possible salmonella contamination. The precautionary move followed a random test on a package of spinach by the State of Washington Department of Agriculture, the Salinas, California, company said Wednesday, October 19.
There have been no reported illnesses linked to the recalled products thus far, but you should know that the bagged salad products include those with “best by” dates ranging from Oct. 18 to 21. They were marketed under the brand names Fresh Selections, HEB, Marketside and Taylor Farms and included bags of Romaine Blend, Asian Salad, Caesar Salad and Spring Mix items.
The products were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Puerto Rico and sold in various retail supermarkets.
Don’t hesitate to discard this lettuce if you have it in your fridge!
Or, If You Prefer, Salmonella And Eggs…
And in yet another incident, six people in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, area have been sickened with salmonella linked to organic eggs from an Owatonna farm that sells to Lunds, Byerlys, Kowalski’s and other markets and co-ops across the metro area.
Farmer Larry Schultz said several thousand cartons of eggs produced or packaged at his farm, and sold under three brand names, were voluntarily recalled late Wednesday after an investigation by state and federal agencies made the link to his operation.
Unaffected fresh eggs from farms associated with Larry Schultz Organic Farm will be back in some stores Friday. Schultz said those eggs are raised and processed elsewhere, and are not implicated in the salmonella outbreak.
From The Star Tribune:
The people fell ill from Aug. 12 to Sept. 24, the state said. They were children and adults, and all live in the Twin Cities area. Three people required hospitalization, but have been released.
Five of the six reported eating eggs that came from Schultz’s farm, said Trisha Robinson, an epidemiologist for the state Health Department. She said the other victim could have been sickened in other ways such as cross-contamination during food handling, contact with an infected person or by eating in a restaurant supplied with the eggs.
State officials urged consumers to cook eggs thoroughly before eating to destroy salmonella or other bacteria. Salmonella can lead to sometimes fatal infections in very young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected often suffer diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain.
As someone who has suffered from salmonella poisoning, I urge everyone to check those labels carefully. It is a most unpleasant illness.
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