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2006 Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Linked to Cadbury Chocolate, England

Cadbury, a major producer of candy, had in January, 2006, discovered that waste water from a plant in Herefordshire, England, had dripped down into the milk chocolate crumb. The crumb was blended with other ingredients to make chocolate bars. The leaking pipe that caused the discharge was fixed, but despite identifying Salmonella in its chocolate products, the company failed to recall them. Cadbury did not disclose this information as the Salmonella Montevideo contamination was "minute." After the outbreak was discovered, the remaining products were then recalled. The Salmonella Montevideo isolated from the chocolate matched the strain of Salmonella Montevideo isolated from case-patients.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chocolate
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Cadbury
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 37
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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