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New US Export to Canada – Salmonella Saintpaul

Well it is great to see that our exports are picking up given the tough business climate we are in.  However, I am not sure exporting ill people across the Canadian Border is really the way to pick up new business.

Canada finds first case linked to U.S. salmonella outbreak in returning traveller

Canadian authorities have found a case of Salmonella Saintpaul, the strain behind the massive salmonella outbreak in the United States.  The Public Health Agency of Canada says a person from Ontario was sickened by a strain of the bacteria with the same genetic fingerprint as the one responsible for the U.S. outbreak. The person, who became sick in early June, had just returned from travelling in the United States when the illness struck.  Agency epidemiologist Andrea Ellis says it seems clear the person became infected south of the border.  She says there’s no indication that the contaminated food responsible for the U.S. outbreak has made its way to Canada.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says 922 cases have been confirmed in 40 states and the District of Columbia.  While earlier in the outbreak it was thought certain types of tomatoes were responsible, the investigation has been broadened to look at whether ingredients that go into fresh salsa could be the cause