In an update to an earlier report on the multistate salmonella outbreak in the northeastern United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the case total has increased by five as of Monday.
As of November 24, 2014, a total of 68 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 10 states. Based on the ongoing investigation into the outbreak, it is linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc of Brooklyn, NY.
The federal health agency reports the number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), and Vermont (3). The one ill person from Montana traveled to the Eastern United States during the period when likely exposure occurred.
As of November 21, 2014, Wonton Foods, Inc has verbally agreed to voluntarily stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts.
CDC recommends that restaurants and other retailers do not sell or serve bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time. CDC recommends that consumers do not eat bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time. The firm is cooperating with public health and agriculture officials and has reported that their last shipment of bean sprouts was on November 18, 2014.