As the weather heats up, barbeques and cookouts become more common. It is important to understand the cause of and tips to avoid Salmonella poisoning.

What exactly is Salmonella?
Salmonella is the most common cause of foodborne illness in the United States. This bacteria can be found in raw poultry, eggs, beef and unwashed produce. It can contaminate any food.

How does Salmonella spread?

Cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella and Listeria have been reported over the past few months and years. Cantaloupes seem more likely than any other fruits and vegetables to carry pathogens. If you believe that you or a member of your family have been sickened due to contaminated produce, please contact us immediately.

According to a report issued by CNNMoney on November 8, Nestle is recalled more than 200,000 canisters of its chocolate drink mix Nesquik due to possible salmonella contamination. People infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

On October 26, 2011, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc ordered a recall of approximately 5,000 lbs. of Turkish Pine Nuts due to a possible Salmonella contamination.  The Turkish Pine Nuts were sold in the Bulk Foods Department of most of Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland between the dates of July 1, 2011 and October 18, 2011.

Health officials today are estimating as many as 16 people have died from a possible listeria illness traced to Colorado cantaloupes.  The outbreak is the deadliest food outbreak in over a decade. Tuesday, the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) said 72 illnesses are linked to the tainted fruit, including 13 deaths.