salmonella outbreakSalmonella is a bacterial infection primarily caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water, but can also be linked to touching infected animals and not washing hands afterwards. If infected, symptoms include the sudden onset of diarrhea which can last several days, abdominal cramps, fever, and occasionally nausea and vomiting.

According to the CDC, there are currently four active Salmonella outbreaks affecting the country. With the estimated 1.2 million infections and 450 deaths caused by Salmonella each year, Crisis Teams should prepare personnel on the current threat, but also continue to provide updated information throughout the year. Use the information below regarding existing outbreaks to help you craft a communications plan.

Frozen, Raw Tuna

Eleven states have a total of 62 cases of the Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) strain, linked to the ingestion of sushi containing raw yellowfin chunk tuna processed by the Osamu Corporation and distributed to AFC Corporation franchises.  The Osamu Corporation implemented a voluntary recall of their products with details to assist consumers in identifying the recalled product. If unsure whether or not purchased sushi is contaminated, do not eat it.   

Live Poultry

Nearly 200 cases across 40 states have tested positive for one of four strains of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. If employees, their family, or their friends own backyard flocks, the CDC recommends these steps:

  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where birds live and roam.
  • Do not let live poultry in the house.
  • Review additional ways to reduce risks by reading “Keeping Backyard Poultry.”

Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrees (Aspen Foods)

Mississippi is currently the only state with three confirmed cases of the recently-identified Salmonella Enteritidis strain. All three cases have been linked to eating Antioch Farm’s cordon blue stuffed chicken breasts produced by Aspen Foods. Aspen Foods implemented a voluntary recall of their brands with specific information on how to identify the recalled product. If unsure whether or not purchased chicken is contaminated, do not eat it.

Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrees (Barber Foods)

Seven cases in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma are confirmed infections of the Salmonella Enteritidis strain linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entrees produced by Barber foods. Although similar products are infected, no direct link between Aspen Foods and Barber Foods has been found. Barber Foods implemented a voluntary recall of their brands with specific information on how to identify the recalled product. If unsure whether or not purchased chicken is contaminated, do not eat it.

Children younger than five, adults over 65, and people with weakened immune systems are at a heightened risk of experiencing a severe form of the illness. For more information on Salmonella, visit the Health section of your portal. Need assistance with your communications plan? Contact your Customer Success representative.

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.