Salmonella Outbreak First US Sunland now Netherlands Foppen, Connection? valencia peanut butters, salmon


                    Just after New Mexico's Sunland Inc issued its own salmonella-linked recall, the Netherlands issued a salmonella alert after hundreds of people in that country fell ill from the bacteria Salmonella Thompson.  The source of the Dutch problem is smoked salmon processed at a factory in Greece by Dutch company Foppen;  Because Costco Wholesale buys salmon from Foppen, the European outbreak could have been exported to the US.  So far there's no proof a connection exists between the two outbreaks;  the only bacterial strain involved in the nut case is Salmonella Bredeney vs Salmonella Thompson found in Dutch salmon however that could change pending a new investigation by the Food Administration into the exact strain of salmonella responsible for the outbreak.

The salmonella-linked salmon previously sold at Costco under the brand names Foppen and Kirkland.  After receiving word of the European incident on October 1, 2012 Costco pulled the item from its shelves though Costco says its own tests have yet to reveal any traces of the bacteria.

The American salmonella outbreak started with nut butters produced by Sunland Inc.  The plant where the contaminated products came from was shut down on September 24, 2012.  According to the CDC, the source of the outbreak is Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter.  60% of those sick are younger than ten.  It was on June 15, 2012 that the first linked case of salmonella was reported.


September 25, 2012 (76 products) - Sunland's recall expanded to 76 products after its Tader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter was linked to 29 cases of the illness;  most of the sick people became ill after September 2, 2012 however the contamined products were manufactured as far back as May 2010.

October 1, 2012 (101 products) - Recall expanded to include cashew butters, roasted peanut items and tahini.  30 illnesses in total in 18 states.

October 5, 2012 (240 products) - Sunland adds 139 more products to the growing list of product recalls.  Tests by the Food and Drug Administration confirms the presence of salmonella bacteria in the plant blamed for producing contaminated products.  35 illnesses total across 19 states.

Major grocery chains that sold products linked to the Sunland plant : Target, Safeway, Giant Food (Ahold), Stop & Shop, Fresh & Easy, Heinen's, Whole Foods Market.

The first salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter occured in February 2007 when 425 cases were linked to ConAgra's Peter Pan items, however that recall involved all of those products going back to 2004.  In January 2009 there was another recall involving the Peanut Corporation of America.

Symptoms of salmonellosis can take as long as three days to appear.  They include diarrhea, abdominal crams and fever and are toughest on people who have weak immune systems.

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