Con Agra Salmonella Outbreak. The Outbreak. November 2006 - State and Local Health Departments and CDC noted increase in S. Tennessee stool, urine and tissue isolates Recall announced February 14, 2007 As of June 2007, 628 S. Tennessee culture-positive cases in 47 states
Salmonella TennesseeAC Voetsch, “FoodNet estimate of the burden of illness caused by nontyphoidal Salmonella infections in the United States,”Clinical Infectious Diseases 2004;38 (Suppl 3):S127-34
CDC Baseline - Approximately 50 per year
CDC Outbreak Date - 628 officially counted, however 13 additional cases in 2006 and 30 additional cases in 2005 share the same PFGE as one of the outbreak patterns
CDC Estimate - 38.6 multiple of reported cases of S. Tennessee
Salmonella bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but all foods, including vegetables or fruit, may become contaminated.
1996 - “A multi-state Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak associated with peanut butter: the South Australian experience.''
“Inspection revealed the following concerns: 2 areas on production lines where filled containers of peanut butter were not completely covered from overhead contamination, an accumulation of spillage and or dust at wall/floor juncture around air handling cabinet in the ingredients room, and a temporary baffle made of cardboard in use on an empty jar line.”
“. . . Inspection found the lot in question had been shipped and management cited corporate policy in refusing to allow review of production and shipping records.
The current inspection was conducted in response to several complaints including most recently, number 29134, an anonymous complaint alleging poor sanitation, poor facilities maintenance, and poor quality program management. Specifics in that complaint include an alleged episode of positive findings of Salmonella in peanut butter in October of 2004 that was related to new equipment and that the firm didn’t react to, insects in some equipment, water leaking onto product, & inability to track some product.”
These complaints include:
29134 dated 1/13/05, an anonymous complaint reporting several issues at the firm that in summary allege poor sanitation practices, poor quality program management and poor facilities maintenance.
Group C1 includes Salmonella Tennessee
- ongoing leaks in roof
- sprinkler malfunctions
- Air Dryer for condensed air malfunction