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The Danger of Salmonella

Salmonella is a particularly harmful bacteria that can damage to the human body if ingested. Albertsons and Tom Thumb stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas have recently announced a voluntary recall of five candy products that were made with milk powder due to a potential salmonella contamination. These products were sold in the bakery area of the stores and package in clear containers. The powder was produced by Valley Milk Products LLC, which voluntarily recalled the powder due to a potential salmonella contamination. The powder in question was subsequently used in candy supplied to Albertsons and Tom Thumb. Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the risk. It is recommended that consumers discard any affected products or return the items for a refund.

The Risk of Salmonella

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans.The bacteria is usually transmitted to people when they eat food that has been contaminated with feces. Contamination from Salmonella can come from food that is not properly cleaned and prepared or is handled by a worker who did not properly wash his or her hands. Salmonella, which is also known as salmonellosis, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. In a large number of cases, negligence during the manufacturing or preparation of food products causes salmonella contamination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are approximately 40,000 reported cases of salmonella sickness each year in the United States and about 600 deaths occur annually. The true number of salmonella infections exceeds 1.4 million individual because a large number of salmonella cases are not reported. There several types of salmonella strains that can cause serious medical conditions including salmonella typhimurium and salmonella enteritidis. A large number of salmonella outbreaks are caused by improper food handling or due to beef, eggs, or poultry that is under-cooked.

The Types of Medical Conditions Caused by Salmonella

There are several symptoms caused by salmonella including:

  • Dehydration,
  • High fever,
  • Persistent diarrhea,
  • Severe abdominal cramps,
  • Pain, and
  • Vomiting.

Complications involving salmonella, however, can be much more serious and can lead to  hospitalization and death. Two of the most serious conditions caused by Salmonella are Reiter’s Syndrome and Typhoid. Reiter’s Syndrome is a chronic condition involving irritated eyes, painful joints, and painful urination, while Typhoid fever is rare disease that is caused by the salmonella typhi strain.

Some individuals are particularly susceptible to the risk of salmonella including the elderly, infants, and individuals who are afflicted with chronic conditions. The first symptoms of Salmonella often begin 12 hours to three days after consuming salmonella infected food. Fortunately, for most healthy adults, salmonella symptoms pass within the course of a few days to one week, but in some cases serious illness can persist for longer and lead to significant health problems.