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Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella typhimurium associated with ground beef served at a school potluck.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16541701     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
An outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among at least 47 persons attending a school potluck. Illness was associated with consumption of ground beef (estimated odds ratio, 16.3; 95% confidence interval, 2.2 to 338.3). Salmonella Typhimurium isolated from infected individuals and the implicated ground beef revealed identical pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns and was multidrug resistant. The implicated ground beef was improperly handled during the cooking process and stored above the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cooling temperature standard for >15 h before being served. This outbreak demonstrates the limitations of food safety regulations in settings where foods are prepared in the home environment for communal potlucks, bake sales, or other such gatherings held at schools, churches, or other institutions. Public health authorities should encourage school and other institutional administrators to develop policies that require dissemination of safe food preparation guidelines to prospective food handlers when such events are scheduled.
Authors:
Joseph B McLaughlin; Louisa J Castrodale; Michael J Gardner; Rafiq Ahmed; Bradford D Gessner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of food protection     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0362-028X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Food Prot.     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-17     Completed Date:  2006-04-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703944     Medline TA:  J Food Prot     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  666-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 3601 C Street, Suite 540, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, USA. joe_mclaughlin@health.state.ak.us
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Animals
Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
Cattle
Child
Child, Preschool
Consumer Product Safety
Disease Outbreaks
Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial*
Female
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Handling / methods*
Humans
Male
Meat Products / microbiology*
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Salmonella Food Poisoning / epidemiology*
Salmonella typhimurium / drug effects,  isolation & purification*
Schools
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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