From chia seeds to chicken, tomatoes to Taco Bell, the disgusting bacteria that blows out our intestinal tracts can find their way into nearly any food group, from vegetables to processed food-like substances - Talia Ralph


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Seriously Though, Why Are All These Salmonella Outbreaks Happening?

Remember the last time you had "food poisoning"? You felt like death, chocked it up to some sketchy room temperature item that you consumed, took a couple days off work, pounded some Gatorade, and moved on with your life. You probably didn't see a doctor or report it to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It could have easily been salmonella poisoning, one of the most common and deadliest of all foodborne illnesses in America. From chia seeds to chicken, tomatoes to Taco Bell, the disgusting bacteria that blows out our intestinal tracts can find their way into nearly any food group, from vegetables to processed food-like substances. When something as innocent-seeming as…

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 Seriously Though, Why Are All These Salmonella Outbreaks Happening?

Lately, the news seems to be clogged up with stinky situations: salmonella outbreaks. But how and why do these outbreaks occur, and who is to blame for our intestinal disasters, especially with the Food Safety Modernization Act in play?

5 foods more likely than chicken to harbor salmonella

You're more at risk from, say, your salad than you may realize.

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Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Usually, symptoms last 4-7 days and most people get better without treatment. But, Salmonella can cause more serious illness in older adults, infants, and persons with chronic diseases. Salmonella is killed by cooking and pasteurization.


A salmonella infection is a foodborne illness caused by the salmonella bacteria carried by some animals, which can be transmitted from kitchen surfaces and can be in water, soil, animal feces, raw meats, and eggs. Salmonella infections typically affect the intestines, causing vomiting, fever, and other symptoms that usually resolve without medical treatment. You can help prevent salmonella infections by not serving any raw meat or eggs, and by not keeping reptiles as pets, particularly if you have very young children.


The pistachio nut recall in March 2009 is only one example of numerous product recalls in recent years due to fears of contracting Salmonella food poisoning. Similarly, this year products processed by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) were found to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak. In 2008, an outbreak arose from the consumption of certain jalapeño and serrano peppers from Mexico. As these and numerous other outbreaks illustrate, virtually any food can become contaminated with one of the many species of Salmonella.

The Next Big Thing in Salmonella Control

Salmonella vaccines are proven to help take pressure off in-plant interventions, lowering Salmonella loads before the birds reach the processing facility. Plus, using Salmonella vaccines ensures that everyone in the production chain is sharing responsibility for Salmonella control. Sometimes we must slow down to speed up. It is going to take a cooperative effort to pull in the right people at the right time to make sure we’re making the best decisions for the entire operation.

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Egg-associated salmonellosis is an important public health problem in the United States and several European countries. Salmonella Enteritidis, can be inside perfectly normal-appearing eggs, and if the eggs are eaten raw or undercooked, the bacterium can cause illness. During the 1980s, illness related to contaminated eggs occurred mosy frequently in the northeastern United States, but now illness caused by S. Enteritidis is increasing in other parts of the country as well.

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Worms & Germs Blog is an educational website coordinated by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College's Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses

Salmonella Blog

Surveillance & analysis on salmonella news and outbreaks.


Most cases of salmonellosis are mild; however, sometimes it can be life-threatening. The severity of the disease depends on host factors and the serotype of Salmonella.


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