While state and federal health officials work to identify the food source of a 15-state Salmonella Newport outbreak, a look at previous outbreaks reveals a wide variety of foods have been linked to outbreaks caused by that strain.
Salmonella Newport is the second most common strain of Salmonella in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In recent years, foods linked to multistate Salmonella Newport outbreaks have included frozen raw tuna, ground beef, frozen shredded coconut, Maradol papayas, cucumbers, organic sprouted chia powder and cantaloupe.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. In cases where the infection enters the bloodstream, serious complications can arise.
The current Salmonella Newport outbreak has sickened 125 people hospitalizing 24 of them. The cases have been reported from 15 states: California (3) Illinois (1), Iowa (3), Michigan (12), Minnesota (3), Missouri (2), Montana (11), North Carolina (3), Ohio (5), Oregon (42), Tennessee (1), Utah (28), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1) and Wyoming (9). There is also a Salmonella Newport outbreak in Canada.
Frozen Tuna Salmonella Newport Outbreak
In 2019, a frozen imported tuna outbreak sickened 15 people in eight states. Two people were hospitalized. The U.S. Food ad Drug Administration (FDA) placed the company that supplied the fish, JK Fish of Vietnam, on an import alert.
JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Newport Outbreak
In 2019, a 30-state Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson sickened 403 hospitalizing 117 of them. JBS issued a recall for six million pounds of ground beef that affected more than 100 retailers.
Frozen Shredded Coconut Salmonella Outbreak
In 2018, 27 people were sickened in an outbreak linked to imported frozen shredded coconut. There were two strains of Salmonella involved: Salmonella I 4,,12:b:- and Salmonella Newport Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company, was identified as the source.
Maradol Papaya Salmonella Outbreak
In 2017, a Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas sickened four people, hospitalizing two of them. Two strains were involved: Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Infantis. The outbreak was one of eight that has been tied to papayas imported from Mexico since 2011. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since issued two letters to the papaya industry in Mexico about improving food safety.
Cucumber Salmonella Newport Outbreak
In 2014, a cucumber Salmonella Newport outbreak sickened 275 people from 29 states and Washington D.C. The grower, whose name was not released, was located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak
In 2012, 261 people were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe melon. There were two outbreak strains: Salmonella Typhimurium which sickened 228 of the patients and Salmonella Newport which sickened 33 people. The illnesses were reported from 24 states. Ninety-four people were hospitalized, three of them died. The cantaloupe was produced by Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana,
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