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Salmonella Scare Prompts Wide Product Recall
Date:3/4/2010

"Many of the foods that incorporated this product, at a very low level, have 'kill steps' in place that would eliminate salmonella."

Only those products that do not have a "kill step" will be recalled, Farrar said.

The FDA has advised companies that the recalled product should be destroyed or reconditioned according to the agency's protocol. For products that may already be in consumers' kitchens, the FDA is advising that they check the recalled product list and follow "cooking instructions for all foods."

In addition, the agency is asking anyone who had symptoms of salmonella to contact their doctor.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often have fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to the FDA.

Most healthy people recover from salmonella infection within four to seven days without treatment. However, in rare cases, the bacterium can get into the bloodstream causing severe illnesses, such as arterial infections, infection of the lining of the heart and arthritis, the agency noted.

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For more information on salmonella, visit FoodSafety.gov.



SOURCES: March 4, 2010, teleconference with: Margaret Hamburg, M.D., FDA Commissioner, Jeffrey Farrar, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.P.H., FDA Associate Commissioner, Food Protection


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