Some question to ask Pacific Coast Fruit Company, Taylor Farms, FDA and MDOH and MDOA, and the CDC:
- Why no announcement of the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak?
- Why no recall of the product?
- Given that the product was distributed nationwide, are we seeing a spike in Salmonella Enteritidis cases in states other than Minnesota?
- Why was the announcement removed from Pacific Coast Fruit Website?
Pacific Coast Fruit Company posted the following recall notice:
Pack/Codes: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are investigating an outbreak of foodborne illnesses associated with eating Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley “power greens” mix in Minnesota. The mix contains spinach, kale, chard, and shredded carrots.
Distribution: Sam’s Club pulled Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley from store shelves nationwide on April 4 and is notifying customers who purchased the product in Minnesota since March 1.
Illnesses: Six people with Salmonella Enteritidis infections with the same rare DNA fingerprint pattern were reported to MDH in April. The people range in age from 7 to 69 and are from Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Olmsted and St. Louis counties. Their illnesses began between April 3 and April 26. One person was hospitalized, and all are recovering. Five of the ill people in Minnesota reported eating Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley purchased at several Sam’s Club locations, and the source of the sixth person’s illness is under investigation.
Update: Since I posted this yesterday Pacific Coast Fruit Company removed the link. Fortunately, the Internet does not forget: