Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause salmonellosis disease, which is usually caused by ingesting raw or undercooked food. Salmonella can move from the intestines into the bloodstream and may cause death if not treated quickly with antibiotics. A person who is sick with salmonella might experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after infection and symptoms can last four to seven days. The majority of people will recover with little to no treatment; however, some people experience more severe symptoms and may need to be hospitalized. People with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and infants are most likely to experience more severe symptoms.
Salmonella bacteria can normally be found in foods like raw beef, eggs, poultry, and unwashed fruit. Surfaces that have not been cleaned and sanitized properly after raw meat or eggs were prepared on them can cause cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is when a surface or food item becomes contaminated with bacteria by another food product. To prevent cross-contamination and reduce the risk of getting salmonella a person should wash their hands and the surfaces the food is being prepared on in between each different item.
There about 42,000 reported cases of salmonellosis in the United States every year. In June of 2012 there was a multi-state outbreak of salmonella which was connected to peanut butter manufactured by Sunland, INC. The outbreak spread across 20 states with a total of 42 reported infections. The majority of the infected people were children under the age of 10. There were 10 people hospitalized and no reported deaths. This particular outbreak was contributed to Peanut Butter and on November 26, 2012 the FDA suspended the food registration of Sunland, Inc. The facility’s registration will not be reinstated until the FDA has determined that the company has procedure that will...
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