Saturday, July 12, 2008

Salmonella Saintpaul Continues to Infect Americans; FDA and CDC Still with No Answers

More on the Tomato-Cilantro-Pepper Ban and Salmonella Saintpaul.

Since April, 1090 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Only 6 persons infected with this strain of Salmonella Saintpaul were identified in the country during April through June of 2007. The previous rarity of this strain and the distribution of illnesses in all U.S. regions suggest that the implicated food is distributed throughout much of the country. Because many persons with Salmonella illness do not have a stool specimen tested, it is likely that many more illnesses have occurred than those reported. Some of these unreported illnesses may be in states that are not on today’s map--from the CDC

Following this closely and I remain of the opinion that this kind of thing is going to become more common and more dangerous unless we look at our entire industrial food chain and make radical changes.