CDC & Food Safety
New reports, publications, and web material
CDC tracked 7 multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness during June-July:
Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 Infections Linked to Farm Rich Brand Frozen Food Products (final update)
Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Pet Hedgehogs (final update)
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Tahini Sesame Paste (final update)
Multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey* (ongoing)
*Note: this outbreak falls under the jurisdiction of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis.
New Web Resources
PulseNet detects outbreaks. The new PulseNet website is now live. Features include a “How It Works” slideshow, PFGE and MLVA protocols, and a page on Next Generation activities.
Pediatric infections. A new Medscape commentary for clinicians addresses foodborne and enteric infections in children.
Food safety in restaurants. CDC contributes regularly to the blog run by FoodSafety.gov. Check out our latest entry on Restaurant Safety: What You Should Know.