30 sick: Salmonella victim speaks out about ‘two weeks of hell’ after eating at The Real China in UK

One of the 30 diners struck down by an outbreak of salmonella after eating at the same Hampshire restaurant has described his “two weeks of hell” battling the infection.

salm.george williams_23George Williams, 20, became so unwell he ended up in hospital where doctors feared he might have Crohn’s Disease, a chronic bowel condition.

However medics finally diagnosed salmonella after further tests.

George has been suffering with vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps for the past fortnight.

He is one of 30 people, including a three-year-old child, struck down by food poisoning after eating at The Real China in Eastleigh.

The town centre restaurant, the only Hampshire branch of the chain’s more than 20 UK restaurants, has closed voluntarily while the environmental health team at Eastleigh Borough Council investigates, as revealed by the Daily Echo on Saturday. The venue remains shut until the council and Public Health England pin down the source of the outbreak and are satisfied there is no longer a health risk.

The council has traced the outbreak to July 11 when George, who works in telesales in Romsey, dined at the restaurant with friends.

He first became unwell two days later and has been unable to retain any food in his body for long. 

Salmonella in pepper powder; who knew?

Clover Trading Company Ltd. is recalling Flying Swallow brand White Pepper Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

pepper.powder.salmRecalled products

Brand Name: Flying Swallow

Common Name: White Pepper Powder

Size: 55 g

Code on Product: None

UPC: 7 77244 00012 6

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Background

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Earth Circle Organics recalls organic carob powder for possible Salmonella contamination

Maybe we all experiment in university. For me, it was vegetarianism for six months. And I started baking with carob.

carob.powderIt tasted like dust.

Earth Circle Organics, (River Canyon Retreat, Inc.) has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

Products were sold to distributors and retail outlets in North America.

Product SKU // Lot # // UPC Code // Exp Date

CRBP16ow // 3642; 3404; 3221; 3267  // 894932002283 // 6/5/2015 

CRBP5lb // 3405; 3262 // 894932002733 // 6/5/2015

CBP20lb // 3487; 3387; 3292 // 813313011485 // 6/5/2015

CRBP55lb //  201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786 // 894932002740 // 6/5/2015

No other Earth Circle Organics products are affected by this recall and no illnesses have been reported to date. This recall is initiated as a precautionary measure due to a possibility of contamination as notified by our suppliers.

UK take-away shut down after 14 people sickened with Salmonella

The Woks Cooking eatery on Richard Hesketh Drive in the Westvale area of Kirkby was shut down on Monday after 14 people caught Salmonella.

woks.cookingA number of people – suffering from fever, diarrhoea and vomiting – were diagnosed with food poisoning.

One man told the ECHO he had spent a night in intensive care after his kidneys failed.

Speaking from his sick bed in Fazakerley hospital, he said he was “lucky to be alive”.

He said: “I went to intensive care and my kidneys failed. I also spent four nights in critical care.

“I bought special fried rice and a couple of days later I was ill. I had severe diarrhea and I was vomiting. I called the doctor and the ambulance came out for me. I felt awful.”

Another of those affected by the outbreak was Paula Pierce’s 24-year-old daughter, who ended up on morphine.

Paula, who manages the nearby Railway pub, told the ECHO: “My daughter Chantelle had a steak and kidney pie and hot and sour soup from there a week Monday ago. She wasn’t feeling well later on. She went to the doctors on the Tuesday and was diagnosed with food–poisoning.

A spokesman for Knowsley Council said: “The premises are closed subject to an Emergency Prohibition Order.”

The council said it was investigating a number of cases of Salmonella infection linked to a takeaway establishment in Knowsley.

To date there have been 14 laboratory confirmed cases.

Dr Alex Stewart, from the Cheshire & Merseyside PHE Centre said: “Investigations are still on-going and all public health measures have been put in place.”

Footie star suffers from Salmonella

I tried my hockey goalie re-debut in Australia and strained both my ACLs (that’s anterior cruciate ligament) within 10 minutes. Maybe I’ll prep better next time, or stick to coaching.

clay.smith.aflAussie rules football has become my second favorite sport because of the same randomness and aggressiveness of hockey (the ice kind, have to say that down here) but unfortunately for AFL rising star Clay Smith, he not only tore his ACL, he got Salmonella poisoning.

He’ll be out for the rest of the year.

South Carolina toddler fights Salmonella after family dogs ate contaminated dog food

Cross-contamination with pet food is a continual issue.

It took years for Brian and Elizabeth Hall to have their first baby.

sadie.dog.powellIt will take years more for their infant daughter to get well.

Amy Hall turned 2 last month, battling a debilitating form of salmonella that, according to her parents, surfaces every two to three weeks and is expected to plague her for years to come.

She got it from her family’s dogs. The pets, Amy’s parents later learned, became infected in 2012 from eating contaminated dog food produced at a South Carolina plant.

Now, Amy is a salmonella carrier. Earlier this summer, her parents sued the pet food company they hold responsible.

Health officials have told the Halls their child is a health risk to anyone she is around. The couple sterilizes their Union County home regularly. They don’t believe it’s safe to put Amy in daycare, and have hired a specialized nanny to step in while they’re at work.

Amy is among some 50 salmonella victims in at least 20 states and Canada who health investigators have linked to the Diamond Pet Foods plant in Gaston, S.C. In 2005, the facility produced contaminated food that killed or sickened dozens of dogs in more than 20 states.

Foster Farms: keys to the city after sickening 621

Until Foster Farms goes public, with data and risk responsibility, with 621 sick, puff pieces like getting the keys to the city should be scorned.

Foster-Farms-Chicken-BreastAccording to the Modesto Bee, without Livingston, there is no Foster Farms, and without Foster Farms, there is no Livingston.

Those were the words of Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra as he explained the company’s impact on the city. Samra joined Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza and Councilman Arturo Sicairos in presenting Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster with a commemorative key to the city Tuesday night.

The company was recognized for its 75th anniversary during a special meeting at the City Council chamber.

Foster said he’s grateful for the support of the Livingston community, especially amid a salmonella outbreak and cockroach infestation that shut down the plant for days sending nearly 3,000 employees home without pay.

“I think when things like what’s happened in the last eight months occur it impacts not only the employees, but also the community,” Foster said. “Once this happened, we took a multihurdle approach to controlling salmonella. We now believe we are the best in class with salmonella control.”

Foster also credited the Livingston plant’s employees for their hard work and loyalty. Many of them come from families that have worked multiple generations for the company.

Florette withdraws salmonella parsley from sale in France

French group Florette (ready to use salads and vegetables) announced on Sunday that they had to withdraw sachets of flat parsley and parsley-chives from sale due to a presence of salmonella.  The sachets were put on sale between the 4th-11th July 2014 all over France in large supermarkets and specialised stores. 

Florette”The first investigations carried out have not allowed us, at this stage, to explain the contamination, but Florette is currently continuing their internal inquiry” stated Florette. 

Till receipts – a new approach for investigating outbreaks?

Selecting suitable controls for outbreak investigations is often difficult and if done inappropriately will lead to biased inferences. Till receipts and other sales records are frequently available on food premises, but their applicability has not been fully explored.

Pre printed till rollsUsing data from an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak affecting 66 individuals exposed in a London takeaway restaurant, this study aimed to evaluate the use of till receipts to assess associations between sales and illness. Cases identified through local case-finding were subjected to a standardised exposure questionnaire. Till receipts over the time period when cases arose were analysed. Estimated food exposures from sales were compared to case reported exposures and till receipts analysis showed strong association between illness and consumption of rotisserie chicken (odds ratio (OR): 2.75; confidence interval (CI): 1.7–4.5). Chicken sales immediately prior to food consumption for cases were compared to two control periods in an ecological case-crossover design. On average there was an estimated increase of 3.7 (CI: 2.2–5.2) extra chickens sold in the hour immediately prior to the consumption in the cases (p<0.0001) and the risk of becoming ill at busy times increased by 5% with each additional chicken quarter sold per hour (OR: 1.05; CI: 1.03–1.08). Microbiological and environmental investigations revealed Salmonella Enteritidis phage type (PT)14b in all available cases’ stool samples, two environmental samples and leftover chicken from the takeaway. The feasibility of this novel approach to obtain exposure information in the population at risk has been demonstrated, and its limitations are discussed. Further validation is required, comparing results with those in a concurrent classic case–control study.

Till receipts – a new approach for investigating outbreaks? Evaluation during a large Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 14b outbreak in a north west London takeaway restaurant, September 2009

Eurosurveillance

D Zenner, J Zoellner3, A Charlett1, W Marmairis4, C Lane1, J Y Chow

Euro Surveill. 2014;19(27):pii=20848. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20848