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Subway Salmonella Count up to 48

The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday reported that 48 cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss have been confirmed in an outbreak among Illinois Subway restaurant customers in Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Fulton, LaSalle, Macon, Marshall, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Sangamon, Schuyler, Shelby, Tazewell, Warren, and Will counties.

According to the Health Department, 17 Subway customers were hospitalized due to the severity of their Salmonella infections.  Illnesses reportedly started between May 11 and May 25 and cases range in age from 3 to 88.

A specific food source has not been identified as the source of the Salmonella outbreak, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with Illinois state and local public health officials and Subway restaurants throughout the state to determine the source of contamination.

Salmonella Hvitingfoss is an uncommon serotype of Salmonella; typically only one to two cases of the serotype are reported in Illinois per year.

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  • jmunsell

    Knowledge of the true SOURCE of Salmonella would be extremely useful here, especially if Subway is but a victim. Salmonella is an “Enteric” bacteria, meaning that it emanates from within animals’ intestines, and found by extension on manure-covered hides. Subway has no intestines on their premises, nor manure-covered hides; yet, they will be hung out to dry.
    The beauty of a traceback to the true origin (source) of contamination is that if the true source was detected, and forced to implement corrective actions, we would experience a reduction in future outbreaks. Unfortunately, our history shows that Americans, including FDA & USDA especially, are perfectly comfortable placing all blame on downstream destination facilities which are victimized, while ignoring the source. As long as this continues, ongoing outbreaks and recurring recalls will be a permanent fixture in American life.
    John Munsell

  • John Munsell

    Knowledge of the true SOURCE of Salmonella would be extremely useful here, especially if Subway is but a victim. Salmonella is an “Enteric” bacteria, meaning that it emanates from within animals’ intestines, and found by extension on manure-covered hides. Subway has no intestines on their premises, nor manure-covered hides; yet, they will be hung out to dry.
    The beauty of a traceback to the true origin (source) of contamination is that if the true source was detected, and forced to implement corrective actions, we would experience a reduction in future outbreaks. Unfortunately, our history shows that Americans, including FDA & USDA especially, are perfectly comfortable placing all blame on downstream destination facilities which are victimized, while ignoring the source. As long as this continues, ongoing outbreaks and recurring recalls will be a permanent fixture in American life.
    John Munsell

  • Tori

    I work at a subway in Villa Park, only a mile from the the franchise where the shigella outbreak happened only earlier this year. I feel that this outbreak will be very hurtful to all subway locations because this is the second known outbreak of food poisoning involving subway restaurants this year.
    I want to note that not all subways use the same distributors. Seeing as how this particular outbreak is only affecting southern and central illinois, i want it to be known that the locations in the chicago area are still safe and have not been affected by the salmonella. While some Chicago land locations are still being financially affected by the shigella outbreak, that outbreak was localized to one store only. This salmonella outbreak is at the mercy of the distributors and the places where they are getting their products.
    Please do not let this affect your choice to eat at local chicago land locations.
    Thank you!