Colorado fish processor issues recall after salmonella outbreak leaves people ill across 14 states

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Thompson, that has affected people across at least 14 states, leaving 19 people hospitalised.

In a statement posted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Colorado based processor Northeast Seafood has announced the recall of a number lines of seafood that were processed at their Colorado facility after they were potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

This follows news reported on Friday by CBS Denver that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Thompson, that has affected people across at least 14 states, leaving 19 people hospitalised.

The recall is the result of several positive samples revealed during an FDA inspection.

The statement posted said, “FDA and CDC have informed us that these positive samples are linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illness. The production area of our facility has been temporarily shut down until such time as the FDA and the company determine that the problem has been corrected.”

The items being recalled are: Haddock, Monkfish, Bone-in Trout, Grouper, Red Snapper, Red Rock Cod, Ocean Perch, Pacific Cod, Halibut, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon Portions, Lane Snapper, Tilapia, All Natural Salmon Fillet, Pacific Sole, and Farm Raised Striped Bass.

These items were distributed from May 2021 to October 7, 2021 to restaurants and Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts supermarkets in Colorado. The recalled items would have sold out of their fresh seafood cases.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more sever illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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