sábado, 17 de enero de 2009

More Peanut Butter Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak

The strain of Salmonella has been identified as Salmonella Typhimurium.

A nationwide recall of peanut butter made in a Georgia plant was issued late Tuesday even as the number of people sickened by Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter rose to 425 in 43 states. Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va., issued the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter for possible Salmonella contamination. The product was made at a plant in Blakely, Ga., on or after July 1, 2008, and sold under the brand name Parnell's Pride and by the King Nut Company as King Nut, the Associated Press reported. Peanut Corp., which also has plants in Virginia and Texas, makes the product for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries and private label food companies. The recall follows findings that bacteria in an open container of King Nut creamy peanut butter in Minnesota was a genetic match to the strain of Salmonella that has struck across the country. "This is a complex, widespread outbreak that appears to be ongoing," said Lola Russell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For its part, Peanut Corp. issued a statement from its owner and president, according to AP. "We deeply regret that this has happened," Stewart Parnell said. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily withdrawing this produce and contacting our customers." On Monday, Minnesota health officials reported that lab tests on a tainted five-pound tub of peanut butter collected from a long-term care facility produced the genetic match. The Minnesota report, issued on its Department of Health Web site, was a follow-up to initial tests done last week. Officials from the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture had issued a product warning Friday after preliminary testing indicated the presence of Salmonella in the peanut butter. Peanut Corp. had issued its own statement on its Web site late Saturday, confirming the Salmonella finding. The statement added, however, that the finding "leaves open the possibility of cross-contamination from another source. PCA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies to determine whether the current outbreak could be at all related to products made in the PCA facility." Reports of people sickened have occurred between Sept. 3 and Dec. 31, 2008, with most illnesses starting after Oct. 1. About 18 percent of those who fell ill were hospitalized.The strain of Salmonella has been identified as Salmonella Typhimurium, the most common of the more than 2,500 types of salmonella bacteria in the United States. It's often found in uncooked eggs and meats, said CDC officials. The recall and the potential link to the multi-state outbreak come two years after ConAgra recalled its Peter Pan brand peanut butter, which had been linked to at least 625 Salmonella cases in 47 states.
Source of Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Aporte: Guillermo Figueroa

2 comentarios:

Magaly Toro I. dijo...

Recientemente se supo que la empresa tenia muestras positivas con salmonella en sus controles internos desde hace dos años. La empresa alega que las contramuestras fueron negativas y por eso liberaron producto...Siendo algo tan delicado como salmonella, me pregunto cuantas contramuestras debieran hacerse...el asunto del muestreo es critico en estos casos.
Probablemente la empresa enfrentara cargos criminales ya que hasta hoy, el numero de enfermos supera los 500 y 8 personas han muerto.
Por otro lado, el recall se ha vuelto mas extenso: se recomienda revisar todos los productos que contengan mantequilla de mani incluyendo barras nutricionales, galletas rellenas, etc. Los periodos de elaboracion de estos productos incluirian 8 meses atras. Una de las preguntas que me surge ahora es: si la mantequilla de mani es un producto con baja actividad de agua, como puede salmonella sobrevivir ahi? Como moraleja: debieramos considerar la constante adaptacion de los microorganismos a las condiciones ambientales cuando realicemos una evaluacion de los potenciales peligros que puedan contaminar un alimento. Sin duda, al revision de la literatura cientifica y la constante revision de las agencias internacionales relacionadas con alimentos nos mantendran atentos a los nuevos peligros que la industia nacional enfrenta.

Magaly Toro I. dijo...

En este link pueden encontrar la lista de las irregularidades que encontro el FDA en la planta al momento de la inspeccion: