Salmonella Poona

46 (2 deaths)


14 states

two deaths attributed to Salmonella Poona in 14 states. Following the outbreak in 1991, the FDA analyzed samples of imported cantaloupe in order to determine the prevalence of Salmonella spp. These analyses determined that approximately 1% of the exterior of the cantaloupes analyzed harbored Salmonella spp. Also following the 1991 outbreak, the FDA issued guidance to the retail and food service industries that outlined safe handling practices for melons. The FDA reissued this guidance following the 2000 and 2001 outbreaks.

Sprout-associated outbreaks Since 1973, 19 outbreaks have been attributed to sprout consumption in the United States (see Table 8.3). More than 1500 cases have been associated with soy, mustard, cress, alfalfa, clover, and mung bean sprouts. In 1997, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) was asked by the FDA to investigate the issue of sprout-associated outbreaks and to provide recommendations (NACMCF,

TABLE 8.3. Reported U.S. Sprout Outbreaks—1973-2001
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