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Egg Farm in Salmonella Outbreak Identified

FDA says there was unacceptable rodent and insect activity!

FDA inspectors found an egg farm in North Carolina that is responsible for an outbreak of salmonella illness that sickened at least 35 people in a several state area. Upon inspection, dozens of live and dead rodents were found inside the hen houses and insects hovered throughout the farm. Employees were seen touching contaminated body parts and dirty surfaces while handling food.

PositiveTip: If you use eggs, they should be cooked thoroughly--and chosen from high-quality producers. (Discard any egg cartons with the plant numbers P-1065 or P-1359D)

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Caution Needed with Backyard Poultry

Apparently healthy and clean poultry can be carrying Salmonella bacteria.

The U.S. CDC is investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry from backyard flocks. Almost 1000 people have been sickened, 215 of those required hospitalization. and one person has died. Researchers have isolated at least 10 different strains from those affected.

PositiveTip: Always wash your hands with soap and water after touching chickens and ducks.

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Are Bagged Salad Greens Safe?

Salad leaf juices may enhance the growth and virulence of Salmonella.

British researchers have discovered that minimal amounts of damage to salad leaves can greatly increase the risk of Salmonella food poisoning. Apparently, the nutrient-rich juices secreted from crushed leaves in bagged salad products stimulates this bacteria's growth 280-fold compared to sterile water. 

PositiveTip: Follow these practical preventive guidelines to minimize this risk:

  1. Purchase the freshest bags available.
  2. Avoid bags with mushy or slimy leaves.
  3. Skip the bags that look swollen.
  4. Refrigerate immediately.
  5. Rinse well before eating.

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Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Raw chicken products implicated in disease outbreak.

Local, state and federal inspectors (the few still working during the shutdown) have traced almost 300 cases of Salmonella heidelberg to three California Foster Farms raw chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has noted that products with P6137, P6137A, or P7632 on the USDA mark of inspection are suspect. Foster Farms initially denied a problem, but the USDA has now threatened to shut down these plants.

PositiveTip: The best way of preventing this infection is to avoid exposure to raw chicken products. Try some vegetarian alternatives!

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Check Your Eggs Carefully!

More than 380 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) observed a four-fold increase over the usual in cases of Salmonella enteritidis this summer. The source has been isolated to eggs produced by Wright County Egg of Iowa packaged under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

PositiveTip: Don't eat recalled eggs (return them for a refund), discard cracked or dirty eggs, cook your eggs until white and yolk are firm, eat promptly, and avoid dishes made with raw or undercooked eggs.