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Feb 03, 2009

Feb 03, 2009

Salmonella cases rise as HHS pushes publicity

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak tied to peanut butter climbed to 550 yesterday, as federal officials announced an effort to use "social media" such as podcasts and YouTube videos to keep consumers abreast of product recalls and other developments in the outbreak.

Jan 30, 2009

Jan 30, 2009

FDA starts criminal probe in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration said today it is starting a criminal investigation of Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), the company whose peanut processing plant in Georgia has been linked with a Salmonella outbreak involving more than 500 cases nationwide.

The FDA announcement came amid a flurry of other developments related to the outbreak:

Jan 23, 2009

Jan 23, 2009

Nursing home cases were key in Minnesota Salmonella probe

(CIDRAP News) – A physician's report of diarrhea cases in a nursing home, followed by the discovery of cases in several other institutions, provided the key that enabled Minnesota disease detectives to figure out before anyone else that peanut butter was the culprit in the current nationwide Salmonella outbreak.

Jan 21, 2009

Jan 21, 2009

Products recalled in Salmonella outbreak top 125

(CIDRAP News) – More than 125 products, including a few pet foods, have been included in recalls prompted by the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter, and the list continues to grow, US officials said today.

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

Salmonella outbreak firmly linked to Georgia facility

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella found in an unopened container of peanut butter in Connecticut has been genetically matched to the nationwide disease outbreak, confirming that it stems from a Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) facility in Georgia, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late yesterday.

Jan 16, 2009

Jan 16, 2009

Salmonella found in Georgia peanut butter plant

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today said investigators have found Salmonella in the Blakely, Ga., plant that has been implicated in a multistate outbreak, though testing hasn't yet revealed if it is the same subtype and if it genetically matches the outbreak strain.

Aug 28, 2008

Aug 28, 2008

Federal officials lift Salmonella warning on peppers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today lifted their warning about eating raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers from Mexico and said the nation's largest foodborne illness outbreak, which was linked to an uncommon Salmonella strain, appears to be over.

Aug 21, 2008

Aug 21, 2008

Officials say Salmonella outbreak winding down

(CIDRAP News) – A nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked mainly to fresh hot peppers from Mexico is ending, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday, amid reports that contaminated shipments had been turned back at the US border well before the outbreak and that some restaurants and grocery stores are still buying the imported peppers.

Aug 04, 2008

Aug 04, 2008

FDA finds tainted jalapenos at supermarket warehouse

(CIDRAP News) – A grocery chain based in Arizona removed Mexican-grown jalapeno peppers from its produce departments after some of the peppers from one of its distributors tested positive for the Salmonella outbreak strain, as the number of sick linked to the outbreak today climbed to 1,330.

Jul 31, 2008

Jul 31, 2008

State models cited as ways to improve outbreak responses

(CIDRAP News) – Experts and industry leaders speaking at congressional hearings this week on the nationwide Salmonella outbreak said federal agencies should take cues from state programs if they want to improve the traceability of fresh produce and the success of foodborne disease outbreak investigations.

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