Salmonella Outbreak, No Recall Yet

The Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say they are still looking for a source of the outbreak, which dates back to March. Last week, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent out an alert about the illnesses telling consumers to properly cook their turkey, which can decrease the chances of salmonella poisoning.

The lack of information  may be attributed to USDA rules that make it harder to investigate and recall salmonella-tainted poultry. Officials must directly link the salmonella illnesses with a certain producer or establishment. This is difficult because people don’t always remember what they ate or where they bought it.

Above is a map from the CDC, showing people affected by salmonella as of August 1st. The illness spread all over the country. The states with the highest number pf salmonella were Michigan and Ohio, 10 illnesses each, while nine illnesses were reported in Texas. Illinois had seven, California six, and Pennsylvania five.

To see map, click here.

Source: AJC; CDC

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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