The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that caused 31 reported illnesses and four hospitalizations in the U.S. between June and August 2021.

The FDA worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners to investigate the

Volume 28, Number 1—January 2022
Dispatch
Salmonella Serotypes Associated with Illnesses after Thanksgiving Holiday, United States, 1998–2018

Here is the CDC’s conclusion:

Salmonella Reading was the serotype most strongly associated with illness during the Thanksgiving holiday. Given the dramatic increase in turkey consumption around Thanksgiving, one might expect that serotypes we identified are primarily associated

Essentially, USDA/FSIS is treating Salmonella as an adulterant in this situation.

I mean, it is not a bad idea to protect school kids, but why the differences?

While you all were sleeping off your “turkey coma,” I was thinking about why Salmonella is not an adulterant by reading, Michael Ollinger, John Bovay, Casiano Benicio, and

Baby Spinach

According to the CDC, as of November 15, 2021, a total of 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from seven states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 15, 2021, to October 27, 2021. Sick people range in age from 2 to 71 years, with

Remember this as you prepare Thanksgiving for your family and as you read this post – it is Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Mission Statement: Protecting the public’s health by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

USDA/FSIS has the authority to deem Salmonella and other pathogens adulterants – they just

Last week the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a recall of ground turkey products due to “possible” Salmonella contamination. According to the press release, “Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) shows:

Seafood

168 Isolates (155 clinical, 13 “seafood manufacturer”)

Distance between selected isolates: minimum = 0 SNPs, maximum = 4 SNPs, average = 1 SNPs

Target creation date range: 2020-07-07 to 2021-11-08

seafood 11_10_2021 – Full Tree

Onions

872 isolates (871 clinical, 1 “mixed produce”)

Group: PDG000000002.2326

Cluster:

Ya gotta love science.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) shows:

Sushi

163 Isolates (150 clinical, 13 “environmental swab from seafood manufacturer”)

Distance between selected isolates: minimum = 0 SNPs, maximum = 5 SNPs, average = 1 SNPs

Target creation date range: 2019-01-28 to 2021-10-15

The sushi outbreak cluster is within a much larger