FDA gives statement on investigation of salmonella outbreak

FDA gives statement on investigation of salmonella outbreak

Rhode Island Department of Health on Thursday said that the reason of salmonella outbreak in 40 states is black pepper used to coat salami.

According to the CDC reports in the district of Columbia about 202 people were infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Montevideo. The CDC and public health officials had recently conducted an epidemiologic study. For this study, they compared foods consumed by 41 people who were ill and 41 people who were healthy. First round analysis has suggested pepper-coated salami was possibly the source of illness.

Rhode Island Department of Health provided test results that stated salami coated with black pepper used at the salami manufacturing facility where salami products were recalled were positive for Salmonella Montevideo. The DNA fingerprint was also matching the outbreak strain.

FDA is investigating the matter and action will be taken if risks associated with black pepper and other product is established.

Annemarie Beardsworth, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island health department, said, "We're pretty sure right now that the ground pepper is the source of the outbreak, but until we get a positive result that was taken from a closed container, we can't be 100 per cent certain."

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