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Red Book Online Outbreaks: Prepackaged Salads – Salmonella Infections

October 18, 2021
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Updated 10/13/2021

This outbreak is over. Stay up to date on food recalls and outbreaks to avoid getting sick from eating contaminated food.

Officials are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to prepackaged salads.

Situation

  • Location: U.S. Multistate (case count map)
  • Description: Salmonella infections linked to prepackaged salads by BrightFarms, sold under multiple product names including:
    • 50/50 Spring & Spinach
    • Butter Crisp
    • Harvest Crunch
    • Lakeside Crunch
    • Mighty Romaine
    • Nutrigreens
    • Spring Crunch
    • Spring Mix
    • Sunny Crunch
  • Number of confirmed cases: 31 (as of 10/6/21)
  • Number of deaths: 0
  • Pediatric population affected: All pediatric populations at risk

Background

 

  • Epidemiologic and traceback information show that BrightFarms brand packaged salad greens may be contaminated with Salmonella and may be making people sick.
    • Packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers
    • Labeled “fresh from Rochelle, IL”
    • “Best by” dates through 7/29/2021
    • Distributed to at least four states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin)
    • See recall notice for more information.
  • 11 total illnesses have been reported in 3 states to date, including 2 (18%) hospitalization. No deaths have been reported.
  • Salmonella infections started on dates ranging from June 10, 2021, to August 18, 2021.

Action

Resources

  • CDC Outbreak Webpage
  • Case Count Map
  • Patient Education
  • HealthyChildren.org: Food Poisoning and Food Contamination
  • What to Tell Families
    • Do not eat any recalled salad greens.
    • Throw them away or return them to the store where you bought them.
    • Wash surfaces and containers that may have touched the recalled salad greens using hot soapy water.

    Salmonella Infection

    • Symptoms: Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
      • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria contaminating the food. 
      • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
    • Some people – especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems – may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms: 
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not urinating (peeing) much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

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