50 New Cases of Salmonella Poisoning as U.S. Outbreak Expands
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it knows of 50 additional cases of Salmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chicken since April. The newest cases bring the total number of cases since the outbreak began in March 2013 to 574 people, according to Reuters.
About the Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak
The FDA says since it released a report about new drug-resistant strains of Salmonella Heidelberg, new cases of poisonings have appeared at a rate of eight new cases per week. Since the outbreak began, 37 percent of those infected with foodbourne bacteria were hospitalized.
Even more startling, about 13 percent of people with Salmonella infections have developed a blood infection as well. That number is three times the normal rate associated with Salmonella infections. The FDA is not aware of any deaths associated with the outbreak.
Meanwhile, Foster Farms has said it has taken steps to rid products of Salmonella at every step of the production process. A statement from the company claims it has “effectively reduced Salmonella at the parts level to less than 10 percent.”
Food Poisoning Statistics
Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3,000 Americans die from foodbourne diseases. Overall, 48 million people get sick with food poisoning and about 128,000 are hospitalized. Salmonella is the second most common pathogen and represents about 11% of all food poisoning cases.