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Salmonella – The Flavors of the Week – Chicken Livers, Turkey Burgers and Pine Nuts

Screen Shot 2011-11-09 at 3.21.14 PM.pngKosher Broiled Chicken Livers: In August 2011, CDC identified a sustained increase in the number of Salmonella Heidelberg isolates with the outbreak strain reported to PulseNet from New York and New Jersey. From April 1 to November 4, 2011, a total of 157 illnesses were reported in New York (93 cases) and New Jersey (64 cases). On November 8, 2011, Schreiber Processing Corporation, of Maspeth, New York, announced a voluntary recall of an undetermined amount of “kosher broiled chicken liver” products. Maryland health officials have received reports of nine cases linked to the outbreak, including seven adults and two children. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) has confirmed seven outbreak-related cases that occurred from April through August. Minnesota Department of Health counts one. The total ill is 174.

cargill_turkey_Burger.jpgCargill Turkey Burgers: A total of 136 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Cargill Turkey Burgers were reported from 34 states with illness onset dates between February 27 and September 13, 2011. The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (7), Colorado (4), Connecticut (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (16), Indiana (2), Iowa (2), Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Maryland (1), Michigan (12), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri (7), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), North Carolina (4), Ohio (12), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (8), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (18), Utah (1), Vermont (1), and Wisconsin (4). There has been one death.

pine-nuts-at-wegmans.jpgTurkish Pine Nuts: A total of 42 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 5 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state with the outbreak strain is as follows: Maryland (1), New Jersey (2), New York (27), Pennsylvania (8), and Virginia (4). Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 5,000 lbs of Turkish Pine Nuts sold in the Bulk Foods department of most Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland between July 1 and October 18, 2011.