Rhode-Island-Department-of-Health.jpgCases of Illness between March 14 – April 7, 2011

* 79 Cases Total (78 in Rhode Island, 1 in Massachusetts)

* 30 Hospitalizations (2 Discharged, 1 Current)

* 48 Lab-confirmed Salmonella

* 2 Salmonella-associated Deaths

  • John Munsell

    CDC outbreak statistics two years ago of sicknesses and deaths associated with E.coli and Salmonella showed ten times as many deaths annually from Salmonella as from E.coli. And yet, E.coli is the ultimate heathen, and garners much more media attention, as it is truly the most politically incorrect bacteria. But, Salmonella kills ten times as many consumers.
    I don’t mean to trivialize E.coli, because it is truly lethal. However, I am less than happy with the lack of attention FSIS pays to Salmonella, because as we are told, it’s infectious dose is much greater than the low infectious dose of E.coli. The agency considers E.coli to be an adulterant, and the agency also piously proclaims a “Zero Tolerance” for E.coli. Salmonella? Ho hum. FSIS has portrayed Salmonella as much more prevalent (it is), so we must accept the fact we must live with this fairly ubiquitous bacteria. I can’t wait to see the statistics Bill Marler releases this week on the prevalence of Salmonella and other bugs on poultry tested from the Seattle area.
    Frankly, we simply must implement additional interventions for Salmonella at the source, which is the slaughter plants. Hopefully pre-harvest interventions at the farm can also be developed.
    By the way, I hope the statistics to be revealed by Bill Marler this week will also list the slaughter plant origin of all the tested poultry. It may be that one or more companies have much better lab results, and if so, those are the ones who deserve our business.
    John Munsell

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    What a nightmare for this company. Is it my understanding that there is fault to be found with this Bakery’s food production conditions? We almost now have a new Food Safety Accountability Act. The owners/managers should be worried if they were neglectful.

  • John Munsell

    Gabrielle, are you referring to S 3163 by Senator Jon Tester entitled “Meat Safety & Accountability Act”? Do you favor or oppose 3163?
    John Munsell