Salmonella Causes Pie Filling Recall
A recall notice has been issued for 5 cases of Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling after concerns arose that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The filling was produced by the Jel Sert Company of West Chicago, Illinois. Recalled products were distributed nationwide and used as sales samples and in gift packages. The Banana Cream Pie Filling was packaged in 4.16 ounce cartons. Products affected by the recall can be identified by the lot number WC5257, the UPC code 7239202925, and a Best before date of September 2017. Read More >
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Salmonella is the second most common domestic foodborne illness. Approximately 42,000 confirmed cases are reported every year, but by scientific estimates (which include unreported infections), the number of actual infections reaches more than one million. Infections result in roughly 20,000 hospitalizations and 400 deaths per year. Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning infection include diarrhea, fever and cramps arising within twelve to twenty-four hours after infection and, in most healthy individuals, persist for five to seven days. Infection is more common in summer months than in other seasons of the year.
Recovery and Long-Term Effects of Salmonella Food Poisoning
Most infected individuals recover without any treatment, but it could be months before a person’s bowels fully stabilize. Hospitalization can result from dehydration caused by the symptoms but, in some cases, seeking immediate medical attention may be a matter of life or death. Salmonella food poisoning infection can sometimes spread from the intestines to the blood stream, carrying it to other areas of the body. In such a case, infection can pose a significant risk of death, unless the infected person is quickly treated with antibiotics.
There are additional risks associated with Salmonella food poisoning; sometimes, individuals may recover from the short-term symptoms of infection only to suffer long-term effects. Joint pain, eye irritation and painful urination have resulted from Salmonella food poisoning, though many would not expect these problems to be related to the original infection. In some cases, the original infection can eventually lead to arthritis, which can last for months to years and may even become chronic.
How Salmonella is Contracted
Salmonella bacteria are found in the intestines of humans and animals alike. Infection generally arises from ingesting foods contaminated with animal feces, but can also be contracted from food handlers who fail to adequately wash their hands after restroom use. Animal food products are the most common sources of infection, such as eggs, milk and meat. However, any food product is capable of being contaminated. Salmonella bacteria can be reduced or eliminated by cooking foods fully and properly. Handling animals, such as birds, reptiles and domestic pets, can also be a source of infection.
Although many cases of Salmonella will go away on their own, it is still important to contact a medical professional if you or a loved one begin to show symptoms of Salmonella poisoning.
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