The FDA is investigating “adverse event reports” involving at least 31 people, according to an announcement from the agency.
Little information is available on the situation, with the Food and Drug Administration not releasing any facts except that the investigation involves 31 people and an unnamed product. The agency has not reported what pathogen or pathogens are involved or whether the situation involves another kind of hazard.
“(T)he FDA is following up on a series of unconfirmed adverse event reports received from January 2021 to March 2022 that may be associated with an FDA-regulated food product,” according to the agency’s weekly outbreak update information.
Investigators have begun traceback efforts but the FDA has not revealed what food is involved. Also, the agency has not released any information about the affected people such as their ages or where they live.
In other outbreak news, the FDA continues to investigate four other outbreaks as outlined in the below table.
The table shows information about outbreak investigations being managed by FDA’s CORE Response Teams. The investigations are in a variety of stages. Some outbreaks have limited information with active investigations ongoing, others may be near completion. The table below has been abbreviated to show only active investigations.
The Food and Drug Administration will issue public health advisories for outbreak investigations that result in “specific, actionable steps for consumers — such as throwing out or avoiding specific foods — to take to protect themselves,” according to the outbreak table page.
Not all recalls and alerts result in an outbreak of foodborne illness. Not all outbreaks result in recalls.
Outbreak investigations that do not result in specific, actionable steps for consumers may or may not conclusively identify a source or reveal any contributing factors, according to CORE’s outbreak table page. If a source(s) and/or contributing factors are identified that could inform future prevention, FDA commits to providing a summary of those findings, according to CORE officials.
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