Salmonella outbreak linked to BrightFarms salads declared over
The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to the consumption of BrightFarms packaged salad greens produced in the firm’s Rochelle, Illinois facility.
The FDA visited the facility and collected samples. Some environmental samples taken inside the facility tested positive for Salmonella Liverpool, but were not a match to the outbreak strain. In addition, a sample collected from an outdoor storm water drainage pond adjacent to the facility was analyzed and reported to be Salmonella Typhimurium and a genetic match to the outbreak strain.
Although no clear route of contamination was readily identified, the FDA is preparing a report to discuss findings and provide information to assist in future prevention efforts.
As of Oct. 6, the CDC has declared this outbreak to be over.
The outbreak led to 31 cases, including four hospitalizations, in four states. The last case was reported Aug. 18.