To recap, 178 people have been sickened in 21 states, 62 hospitalized, and 2 dead, in a Salmonella outbreak linked to Chamberlain Farms. Two lawsuits are in their beginning phase. Today the CDC updated its outbreak summary to inclue the results of the FDA’s environmental sampling at Chamberlain Farms:
From August 14 to 16, FDA investigators collected samples from surface areas at the farm as well as samples of cantaloupe at Chamberlain Farms. Samples of cantaloupe collected at Chamberlain Farms show the presence of Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria with a DNA fingerprint that matches the outbreak strain.
And, according to efoodalert, Food Safety News and Lola, as of August 22, 2012 there have been 22 confirmed cases of Salmonella Braenderup in Canada, linked to mexican mangoes, with 17 in British Columbia and 5 in Alberta. In the US, 101 cases of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported. Affected states reporting illnesses due to the outbreak strain include California (75 cases), Oregon (1 case), Washington (6 cases), Texas (2 cases) and New York (3 cases).
The mangoes that are subject to the recall were bought between July 12 and August 24, have a price look-up (PLU) number of 4959, and are labeled as Daniella mangoes. Late last week a Canadian produce importer recalled its Daniella mangoes from Mexico after they were linked to Salmonella Braenderup infections. Giant Food of Landover, Md., following a voluntary recall by Splendid Products, announced it removed from sale Daniella mangos due to possible Salmonella Braenderup contamination. (See, past Mango Outbreaks)