Food Safety Bulletin
Salmonella Bredeney Outbreak
November 30 2012 42 persons from 22 states where infected with Salmonella Bredeney. (CDC,2012) Among those 42 that fell ill 10 individuals were hospitalized. There were no deaths reported. The age range of reported persons was 1 year to 79 years, of those fifty nine percent were male, and sixty one percent were children under the age of 10 years. The illness onset dates were between June 14, 2012 and September 21, 2012. The New Jersey Department of Health, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratories, and Washington State Department of Agriculture Laboratories identified Salmonella Bredeney found in Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from the homes of those that were reported ill and hospitalized. According to the Huffington Post the only source for the Salmonellas outbreak was from the Trader Joe’s brand Valencia Peanut Butter. U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed Salmonella bacteria at the Sunland’s Nut Butter facility located in Portales, New Mexico. The FDA has identified a DNA fingerprint of the Salmonella Bredeney strand at this location. The testing done by the FDA confirmed the presence of Salmonella in the raw peanuts at this processing facility. The Sunland Inc. Company has decided to remove other products that may have been affected according to the findings from the FDA investigation. A complete list of products the Sunland Inc. Company has opted to remove can be reviewed at Huffington Post.com (Peanut Butter recall spreads from Trader Joe’s to other Sunland Nut Butters over Salmonella fears)
What is Salmonella Bredeney? Salmonella Bredeney is a rare serotype and has represented just 0.06 % of Salmonella serotypes in the USA’s Center for Disease Control surveillance system in 2009. Therefore generalizing what is Salmonella? Salmonella also known as salmonellosis is in...