May 28, 2010 (CIDRAP News) The number of people sickened in a 10-state Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts has risen to 28, and officials are continuing their probe at a California processor identified earlier in the traceback investigation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.
The total is 6 more than the CDC reported in its last statement on the outbreak on May 21, the day Caldwell Fresh Foods, based in Maywood, Calif., recalled the sprouts. California reported 3 more cases, Idaho reported 2 more, and Arizona reported 1 more. Two major national retail outletsWalmart and Trader Joe'sare among the companies that sold the company's sprouts.
Of 20 patients for whom the CDC has information, 6 were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Elsewhere, officials at the Washington State Department of Health yesterday reported two Escherichia coli O157:H7 illnesses in residents who drank raw milk from a Whatcom County dairy that has been linked to six other E coli O157:H7 illnesses this year.
The illnesses prompted testing by the state's agriculture department, but no E coli was found in the milk. The department is reviewing the dairy's production and product handling practices.
In other food safety developments, a second fresh greens company this week has recalled some of its products after testing turned up Salmonella in a single package. Organicgirl, based in Salinas, Calif., yesterday recalled 336 cases of 10-oz baby spinach with a use-by date of May 22 and the product code 11A061167. The spinach was sold in six states: Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona, and California. No illnesses have been reported.
The company said it recalled the spinach in an abundance of caution after a third-party lab conducting tests on behalf of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Salmonella in a single package during random sampling.
On May 24, Fresh Express, also based in Salinas, Calif., recalled some of its romaine-based ready-to-eat salad products after random FDA sampling found Salmonella in a single package. The products were sold in 26 states. No illnesses have been linked to that product, either.
CDC Salmonella outbreak update
May 27 Organicgirl recall notice
May 24 Fresh Express recall notice