One dead, eight hospitalized from salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef

LW5SWRGZ2NDHLLLWSJ2YGDL5XMThe CDC thinks a Salmonella outbreak could be linked to contaminated ground beef. (AHPhotoswpg / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

 

Health officials are warning about a salmonella outbreak they believe may be linked to ground beef.

One person has died and either others have been hospitalized, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ten people in total have reported an infection across six states.

Contaminated ground beef is a “likely source” of the outbreak, the CDC said, but a single supplier has not yet been identified. Salmonella was positively identified in repackaged, leftover ground beef found at the home of a sick Californian.

Officials warned people not to eat raw or undercooked ground beef and to keep the raw meat from food that won’t be cooked before eating. You should also wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after touching raw meat, as well as any countertops, cutting boards, plates and utensils used in food prep.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and a headache. Symptoms usually appear between six hours and four days after infection and can last up to a week.

Anyone who experiences bloody stool, prolonged vomiting or dehydration is encouraged to call their doctor.

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New Jersey woman complains of rat head inside fried chicken order at Popeyes

popeyesPolice officers search for evidence in the shooting death of a Prince George’s County Police officer at a Popeye’s chicken restaurant near the primary crime scene where the officer was shot in Landover, Maryland March 13, 2016.

 

More than a year after KFC was accused by a California man of being served fried rat instead of fried chicken, on Sunday, it was the turn of Popeyes in Harlem to be accused of the same animal. A woman from New Jersey complained that a fried rat was served to her daughter, niece and sister.

The rat head was allegedly served by Popeyes, a fried chick fast food outlet, at 145th St and Frederick Douglas Boulevard, reported New York Daily News. On seeing the rodent in their meal, the three vomited and had diarrhea and had to be taken to urgent care, complains Rosemary Thomas, reports Metro.

“This is clearly a rat and they have the nerve to have a 5 rating by the Department of Health,” Thomas wrote on her Facebook on Sunday morning as caption to the photos she posted as proof.  On April 21, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspected Popeyes and gave it an “A” grade.

rathead-popeyesThe rat head was allegedly served by Popeyes, a fried chick fast food outlet, at 145th St and Frederick Douglas Boulevard.  Facebook/Rosemary Thomas

 

In its report, the department notes of violation on possible food contamination or improper discarding of food. Since 2013, three checks have been made by the department which found “evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.” The restaurant remains “not vermin proof” as of May because harborage or conditions conducive to attracting mice in the dining establishment or allowing the rodents to exist.

The family is represented by Paul Ajlouny, a personal injury lawyer, although he has not been informed yet about the action that the Thomas family plans to take against Popeyes.

Renee Krapowski, spokeswoman of the fast food, said the franchise owner had contacted the department and a later inspection did not find anything that would change Popeyes’ “A” rating. The owner has contacted the Thomas family and was scheduled to meet them on Monday night, likely to receive the fried rat head.

But she adds, according to the fast food’s supplier, it is possibly a chicken organ instead of a rat. The piece would be sent to a third-party for DNA testing.

 

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