Salmonella, E. coli cases tied to produce.
Investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November linked the salmonella outbreak to tomatoes eaten restaurants, with 183 cases reported. FDA officials are working with CDC and state and local authorities to pinpoint the source the salmonella, especially in Minnesota, Massachusetts and Connecticut, which reported groups of salmonella illness.
In December, E. coli cases were reported in several states in conjunction with an outbreak associated with a fast food chain, with lettuce implicated as the likely cause illness.
In light of the recent salmonella and E. coli outbreaks, FDA issued advice consumers designed to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from fresh produce. The agency advised that Americans purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged; purchase fresh-cut produce only if it has been refrigerated or surrounded by ice; bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from meat, poultry and seafood; and keep perishable produce such as strawberries and lettuce in a clean refrigerator.
For more on the outbreaks or food safety, visit www.fda.gov> or <www. fightbac.org>.
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|Title Annotation:||HEALTH FINDINGS: The latest public health studies and research; epidemic of bacterial infections|
|Author:||Arias, Donya C.|
|Publication:||The Nation's Health|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2006|
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