The FDA begins an on-site inspection into the outbreak of E. coli linked to packaged salad

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The FDA has closed its investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Javiana linked to cantaloupe cutting with a patient count of 65. The agency has released no further information about the outbreak.

In other outbreak news reported Jan. 19, the Food and Drug Administration said it had initiated an on-site inspection in connection with an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to packaged salad. The FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the investigation.

In its latest update, released Jan. 6, the CDC reported that 10 people in four states were infected during the E. coli. The illnesses began on dates ranging from November 27, 2021 to December 9, 2021. No deaths had been reported at the time of this update, but four of the 10 patients had been hospitalized. A patient developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

“The actual number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states where the illnesses are known. Indeed, many people recover without medical attention and are not tested for E. coli. Also, recent illnesses may not yet be reported because it typically takes 3-4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak,” according to the CDC outbreak advisory.

“State and local public health officials asked people about the foods they had eaten in the week prior to their illness. Nine people reported eating organic Power Greens sold under the Simple Truth Organic brand (8) and the Nature’s Basket brand (1), and seven people’s purchase records showed purchase of these products. Both brands of Organic Power Greens have the same blend of leafy greens: organic spinach, mizuna, kale and Swiss chard.

In addition to the closed outbreak investigation related to the cut cantaloupe, the table below shows the ongoing outbreak investigations being handled by FDA CORE response teams. The investigations are at various stages. Some outbreaks have limited information with active investigations underway, others may be nearing completion. The table below has been abbreviated to show only active surveys.

The Food and Drug Administration will issue public health advisories for outbreak investigations that will result in “specific, actionable actions for consumers — such as throwing away or avoiding specific foods — to take to protect themselves,” according to the page. of the table of epidemics.

Not all recalls and alerts result in a foodborne illness outbreak. Not all outbreaks result in recalls.

Outbreak investigations that do not result in specific, actionable steps for consumers may or may not conclusively identify a source or reveal contributing factors, according to CORE’s Outbreak Chart page. If any source(s) and/or contributing factors are identified that could inform future prevention, the FDA is committed to providing a summary of those findings, according to CORE officials.

Click here to visit the FDA page which has a full list of outbreak investigations and links to outbreak information.

Click on the table to enlarge. Use the link above to access the FDA’s page with links for specific outbreaks.

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