U.S. CDC Investigating a multi-state Salmonella Montevideo outbreak; over 180 ill

A new food safety infosheet focusing on the investigation into a Salmonella Montevideo outbreak is out.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health officials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo.  Although CDC has not provided a list of potential sources, Daniele, Inc. has announced they are recalling 1.2 million pounds of products, including pepper-coated salami, as a result of the outbreak. Preliminary results from health authorities indicate that eleven ill individuals had consumed salami products from  “Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack.”

Food safety infosheet highlights:
-Daniele brand pepper-coated Salami recalled after potential link to outbreak.
-184 Illnesses have been reported in 38 states since July 1, 2009. Reports suggest that pepper used in the product might be the source of the illnesses.
-Pepper and other dry spices have been linked to salmonella contamination in the past.
– A list of recalled products and labels are is attached.

Click here to download the food safety infosheet.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.