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Malt-O-Meal Puffed Cereals 2008

On April 5 the Malt-O-Meal Company had issued a recall of its puffed wheat and rice cereals because routine food testing had detected Salmonella contamination. Two days later, PulseNet, the molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance, had detected a cluster of Salmonella Agona cases in several states. On April 10, the Centers for Disease Control was notified by several state health departments that the patients had eaten Malt-O-Meal cereal products. The Salmonella Agona isolated from the patients matched the Salmonella Agona isolated from the sample taken at the Malt-O-Meal plant. Additionally the same strain of Salmonella Agona was isolated from bags of puffed rice cereal from two different states.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grain, Ready-to-eat, cereal, puffed rice, puffed wheat
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Pathmark, Malt-O-Meal Unsweetened Puffed Rice Cereal, Malt-O-Meal Unsweetened Puffed Wheat Cereal, America's Choice, Food Club, Giant, Hannaford, Jewel, Laura Lynn, Shaw's, ShopRite, Tops, Weis Quality
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 35
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 28
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 12
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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