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Sesame seed products contaminated with Salmonella: three outbreaks associated with tahini.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16274503     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In November 2002, the first of three outbreaks of Salmonella Montevideo infection in Australia and New Zealand was identified in New South Wales, Australia. Affected persons were interviewed, and epidemiologically linked retail outlets inspected. Imported tahini was rapidly identified as the source of infection. The contaminated tahini was recalled and international alerts posted. A second outbreak was identified in Australia in June-July 2003 and another in New Zealand in August 2003. In a total of 68 S. Montevideo infections, 66 cases were contacted. Fifty-four (82%) reported consumption of sesame seed-based foods. Laboratory analyses demonstrated closely related PFGE patterns in the S. Montevideo isolates from human cases and sesame-based foods imported from two countries. On the basis of our investigations sesame-based products were sampled in other jurisdictions and three products in Canada and one in the United Kingdom were positive for Salmonella spp., demonstrating the value of international alerts when food products have a wide distribution and a long shelf life. A review of the controls for Salmonella spp. during the production of sesame-based products is recommended.
L E Unicomb; G Simmons; T Merritt; J Gregory; C Nicol; P Jelfs; M Kirk; A Tan; R Thomson; J Adamopoulos; C L Little; A Currie; C B Dalton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  133     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-08     Completed Date:  2006-02-07     Revised Date:  2010-05-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1065-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
OzFoodNet, Hunter Population Health, Wallsend, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Australia / epidemiology
Canada / epidemiology
Disease Outbreaks*
Food Handling / statistics & numerical data
Food Microbiology*
International Cooperation
Salmonella / genetics,  isolation & purification*
Salmonella Food Poisoning / epidemiology*,  microbiology,  prevention & control
Seeds / microbiology
Sesamum / microbiology*

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