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Sheetz Convenience Store Tomatoes 2004

Patrons of Sheetz convenience stores developed illness in early July due to Salmonella. Sheetz is a mid-Atlantic chain of gas stations with deli take-out sections. Sheetz stores are located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio, often along interstate highways. The initial epidemiologic investigation showed that at least thirty of the illnesses were linked to Roma tomatoes that were used in fresh salads and sandwiches prepared at the stores. The first Salmonella strain implicated among the ill was Salmonella Javiana. Environmental and product sampling at the convenience stores failed to show the presence of Salmonella Javiana, but did show Salmonella Anatum. Salmonella Anatum was found in an unopened bag of tomatoes. Subsequently illnesses caused by Salmonella Anatum were discovered that matched the strain isolated from the tomatoes. Additional strains of Salmonella were isolated from patrons who had eaten tomatoes at the convenience stores. The Roma tomatoes were supplied to Sheetz by Coronet Foods.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Tomatoes Sandwiches, Other, with tomatoes Produce-based Salads, with tomatoes
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Convenience store deli
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 429
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 429
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 126
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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