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Multistate Ground Beef 2002

Salmonella Newport contaminated, ground beef was blamed for an outbreak that occurred in five states. The Salmonella Newport was resistant to many antibiotics. Exposure to raw, or undercooked, ground beef was epidemiologically linked to illness. A consumer sample of ground beef was found to be contaminated with the same Salmonella Newport strain that had been identified in the stool of case-patients. A traceback by the federal Food Safety Inspection Service discovered that the same meat packing plant supplied the beef. Some of the case patients had purchased their ground beef through the Wegmans Food Markets store chain.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Grocery stores
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Wegman
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 47
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 47
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 17
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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