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2013 Kritter's Kitchen Kreations pet treats linked to Salmonella in New Hampshire

In 2013 the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services investigated a cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium infections associated with contaminated locally made pet treats. Between June and October 2013, a total of 43 ill persons were identified. Sixteen patients were hospitalized. Among 43 case-patients interviewed, the proportion exposed to dogs (95%) and pet treats (69%) in the 7 days prior to illness was statistically higher than among participants in a US population based telephone survey. On further interview, 38 (88%) reported exposure to Kritter's Kitchen Kreations pet treats. Product testing isolated the outbreak strain from four of four Kritter's Kitchen Kreations Chicken Jerky samples. A site visit at the production facility revealed inadequate processing of the chicken jerky, bare-hand contact with the finished product prior to packaging and use of vacuum-sealed packaging which may have facilitated anaerobic bacteria to proliferate.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pet food
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • JPXX01.0302/JPXA26.0183
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Joey's Jerky, Kritter's Kitchen Kreations LLC
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 43
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 35
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 16
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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