Atlanta, Georgia, USA: “58 more people sick in outbreak linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad. Check fridge for recalled pasta salad with expiration dates 6/22/18 – 8/3/18. Return it or throw it out.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote in an outbreak update:
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Spring Pasta Salad purchased at Hy-Vee grocery stores.
Fifty-eight more ill people from nine states were added to this outbreak since the last update on July 18, 2018. Four more states reported ill people: Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, and Tennessee.
Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb has been added to this investigation because two people were infected with this strain of Salmonella and with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Sandiego at the same time. A search of the CDC PulseNet database found six additional people infected with the strain of Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb and these cases have also been added to the outbreak.
A total of 79 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from nine states.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 21, 2018, to July 15, 2018.
Epidemiologic evidence indicates that Spring Pasta Salad purchased at Hy-Vee grocery stores is a likely source of the outbreak.
This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, voluntarily recalled its Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad On July 17, 2018 due to the potential that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention last night when approximately 20 illnesses in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa were potentially linked back to customers consuming the salad. The voluntary recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound (16 oz.) and 3 pound (48 oz.) containers produced between June 1, 2018, and July 13, 2018, and available from the deli service case.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella is an organism that 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 severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The pasta salad was distributed to all of Hy-Vee’s 244 grocery stores across its eight-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product comes in a plastic container with a plastic lid. The expiration date range is between June 22, 2018, and Aug. 3, 2018. The expiration date can be found on the side of the container.
Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee voluntarily removed the product last night from all of its shelves and service cases as soon as the grocery chain was notified about the situation.
Customers who purchased this product should dispose of it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.
CDC Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers
On July 17, 2018, Hy-Vee, Inc. recalled its Spring Pasta Salad because it might be contaminated with Salmonella.
- Do not eat recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad.
- The Spring Pasta Salad includes shell pasta, carrots, celery, cucumbers, green pepper, onion, and mayonnaise.
- The recalled pasta salad was sold in 1-pound (16 oz.) and 3-pound (48 oz.) plastic containers or may have been scooped at the deli counter into clear plastic containers.
- The recalled pasta salad was sold in all Hy-Vee grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- The expiration dates for the recalled pasta salad range from June 22, 2018 to August 3, 2018.
- Return the recalled Spring Pasta Salad to the store for a refund or throw it away. Even if some of it was eaten and no one got sick, do not eat it.
- If you stored recalled pasta salad in another container, throw the pasta salad away. Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad.
- Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad.
Symptoms of Salmonella Infection – CDC
- Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
- The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
- In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
- In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
- Children younger than 5 years of age, adults older than 65 years of age, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.