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1990 Outbreak of Salmonella Reading Linked to Turkey at a Hospital Cafeteria, Connecticut

Improperly thawed and cooked turkey was the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella Reading at a Connecticut hospital cafeteria. Turkey salad, turkey sandwiches, and chef's salad with turkey were served in the hospital cafeteria and were on the inpatient menu every day. Frozen 18-20-pound turkey breasts were routinely cooked in a slow roaster oven for 5 hours at 250 F (121 C), then for 10 hours at 160 F (71 C); however, core temperatures were not measured. After cooking, turkey dishes were kept refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 1990
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, Turkey
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Hospital Cafeteria
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 27
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 27
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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