It is not unusual for a food to get recalled.
Many have to do with undeclared eggs, gluten, peanut, or milk, things that can trigger food allergies, but some are because of potential bacterial contamination.
“When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne disease outbreak.”
CDC on Reports of Selected Salmonella Outbreak Investigations
And some lead to outbreaks that get people sick.
In fact, since 2006, there have been between four and fourteen multistate foodborne outbreaks each year, involving everything from ground beef and cantaloupes to sprouts and peanut butter.
The Latest Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
Do you remember hearing about any of these outbreaks?
Unfortunately, many people don’t know about these recalls and outbreaks until it is too late – when they are or someone they know gets sick.
That’s why it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest food recalls and outbreaks, including:
- an ongoing Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to pre-cut melons from Caito Foods in Indiana that has gotten at least 60 people sick in 5 states.
- a resolved Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to recalled shell eggs from Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm of Seymour, Indiana and has gotten at least 45 people sick in 10 states. Over 200 million eggs are being recalled that were sold in restaurants and stores (Target, Food Lion, and Walmart) in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- an ongoing E.coi 0157:H7 outbreak that has been linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region and has gotten at least 197 people sick in 35 states, including 5 deaths. Although there has been no official recall, we have been warned to not buy or eat romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region (it is no longer being sold, but some product may still be in homes) or if you don’t know where it is from.
- a resolved Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to recalled bulk packages of International Harvest, Inc. brand Go Smiles Dried Coconut Raw that has gotten 134 people sick in 8 states
If your child is sick and has eaten any of the foods listed in an ongoing outbreak, be sure to call your pediatrician or seek medical attention.
How can you avoid these outbreaks?
“Since 1996, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts. Most of these outbreaks were caused by Salmonella and E. coli.”
Sprouts: What You Should Know
Although proper cooking and food handling can help keep your family from getting sick in some cases with these recalled foods, it likely won’t with others, such as when fruits and vegetables, that you eat raw, are contaminated with bacteria.
That’s why you have to be aware of food recalls and be sure that you don’t eat foods that have been recalled, especially if anyone in your family is considered to be at high risk to get sick (younger children, anyone with a chronic illness, anyone who is pregnant, etc.). Many experts suggest avoiding those foods that are at high risk of contamination for high risk people, including raw sprouts, uncooked and undercooked beef, pork, and poultry, eggs that aren’t pasteurized, and of course, raw milk.
Also be sure to seek quick medical attention if you have eaten them and get sick (diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever, etc.).
What to Know About Food Recalls and Foodborne Outbreaks
It is important to be aware of food recalls and foodborne disease outbreaks, whether they are caused by Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria, so that you can take steps to avoid those foods and keep your family from getting sick.
More on Food Recalls and Foodborne Outbreaks
- Current USDA Food Recalls and Alerts
- Current FDA Recalls and Alerts
- 10 High Risk Foods More Likely to Cause Food Poisoning
- Sprouts: What You Should Know
- How can I reduce my chance of getting a Salmonella infection?
- FDA – Outbreaks: Investigation, Response & Evaluation
- CDC – CDC Current Outbreak List
- CDC – List of Selected Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations
- CDC – Reports of Selected Salmonella Outbreak Investigations
- CDC – Reports of Selected E. coli Outbreak Investigations
- CDC – Listeria Outbreaks
- CDC – Hepatitis A Outbreaks
- Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Updated June 15, 2018