Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts – update

| December 9, 2014

bean-sproutsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an update on a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infection, which has been linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of New York.

As of 2 December, a total of 87 people in 11 states have been infected by the outbreak strain of S. Enteritidis since 30 September, with 14 requiring hospital treatment. No deaths have been reported. The outbreak strain is not antibiotic-resistant.

Epidemiological investigation of the outbreak has established a link with mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods. At least 42 of the people affected reported having eaten bean sprouts during the week before they became ill.

Wonton Foods agreed to stop production and sale of mung bean sprouts on 21 November. Thorough cleaning and sanitisation at the facility was completed on 24 November and the company then restarted production and resumed shipment of bean sprouts on 29 November.

CDC considers it unlikely that contaminated sprouts from Wonton Foods are still available in the food chain because the product has a shelf life of only 12 days.

More information about the outbreak can be found here.

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