First off, yes, 2018 seems to be – and we are just 1/2 way into it – a very Big, Bad year for foodborne illnesses.
Second, I am not sure why.
It could be better surveillance by state, local and national health authorities utilizing cutting edge tools such as PFGE and WGS. It could be a lack of support for inspectors. It is certainly possible that it is more imports with a greater supply chain with a great chance for contamination or temperature abuse. It also could be more mass produced fresh, ready to eat foods without a “kill step.”
It also could be none of those things, but it seems to me to be more than just random events. Here are some of the highlights of 2018:
Romaine Lettuce – 218 sick in US and Canada with 96 hospitalizations and 5 deaths.
McDonald’s Salads – 163 sick with 3 hospitalizations.
Del Monte Vegetable Trays – 237 sick with 7 hospitalizations.
Jimmy John’s Sprouts – 10 sick.
Kratom – 199 sick with 50 hospitalizations.
Fareway/Triple T Chicken Salad – 265 sick with 94 hospitalizations and 1 death.
Go Smile Coconut – 14 sick with 3 hospitalizations.
Rose Acre Shell Eggs – 45 sick with 11 hospitalizations.
Caito Cut Melons – 70 sick with 34 hospitalizations.
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks – 100 sick with 34 hospitalizations.
Hy-Vee Pasta Salad – 21 sick with 5 hospitalizations.
Raw Turkey – 90 sick with 40 hospitalizations.
Venezuelan Crab Meat – 12 sick with 4 hospitalizations.
And, we are only 1/2 way through the year.
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