Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Dozens Nationwide

October 19, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 92 people in 29 states, leading to 21 hospitalizations.

The strain of salmonella is resistant to several antibiotics and has been linked to a variety of raw chicken products. As a single supplier of chicken products has not been identified, the CDC believes the salmonella strain is widespread in the poultry industry.

Facilities with kitchens can avoid spreading salmonella by following these tips from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands before handling food, between handling different food items, and after handling raw meat or poultry.
  • Don’t wash chicken before you cook it, as it can spread germs to other surfaces.
  • Use a separate cutting board for raw and cooked meat and poultry.
  • Thoroughly wash and disinfect surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat.

Learn additional steps to prevent food-borne illnesses in your facility from CMM.