US Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts

| November 27, 2014

bean-sproutsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating 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 24 November, a total of 68 people in 10 states have been infected by the outbreak strain of S. Enteritidis since 30 September, with 11 requiring hospital treatment. No deaths have been reported.

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. CDC has concluded that they are not safe to eat and has recommended that retailers and restaurants do not sell or serve Wonton Foods’ bean sprouts at present.

More information about the outbreak can be found here.

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