Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to mechanically separated chicken

| January 16, 2014

mechanically-separate-meatThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infection at a correctional facility in Tennessee. The outbreak is thought to be associated with mechanically separated chicken products made by Tyson Foods.

The outbreak has so far affected nine people at the correctional facility, two of whom have been hospitalised. However, CDC is also investigating 19 further cases across the country that have been infected with the same strain since late October 2013 to determine whether they are related to this outbreak.

Epidemiological and traceback investigations have established a link with consumption of mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods Inc. and this is considered to be the source of the outbreak. On 10 January, Tyson Foods recalled approximately 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken produced on 11 October 2013 and distributed nationally for institutional use only.

More information from CDC can be found here.

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