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Taylor Farms Shredded lettuce 2009

Shredded lettuce sickened 145 people with Salmonella Typhimurium in the western states of the USA and at least 12 people in Canada. Shredded lettuce, possibly from quick-service restaurant locations, seemed the likely cause of the outbreak. A common supplier, Taylor Farms, was identified. Because the lettuce was shredded, there were many processing steps in the supply chain where contamination could have occurred. There were no recalls associated with the outbreak. Ill persons reported eating at one or more fast food restaurants. The outbreak did not appear to be associated with food purchased from grocery stores.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Oregon, Idaho
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Loose, Shredded lettuce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Xbal: JPXX01.0014
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 145
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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