CDC Adds New Features and Data to FoodNet Fast
Looking for data on foodborne illness burden and trends? Check out the new and improved FoodNet Fast, CDC’s online toolbox for accessing information reported to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet).
- Pathogen Surveillance Tool: See how rates of illness have changed in FoodNet’s surveillance area since 1996 for nine pathogens transmitted commonly through food: Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Listeria, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia.
- Diagnostic Laboratory Practices Tool: Find out how diagnostic testing practices in FoodNet’s surveillance area have changed for 10 pathogens: Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Listeria, norovirus, Salmonella, STEC, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia.
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) Surveillance Tool: HUS is a life-threatening condition, most often caused by STEC infection. See how rates of pediatric HUS and STEC infection have changed in FoodNet’s surveillance area since 1997.
You can use FoodNet Fast to search data and see results displayed on interactive graphs and charts.
CDC and Partners Investigate Outbreaks Linked to Salads and Fruit
CDC and state and federal partners are investigating two multistate outbreaks of E. coli infections: One linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, Calif., area that has sickened 102 people across 23 states, and another linked to a Salinas-based company’s salad kit that has sickened eight people in three states. Consumers should not eat Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information: UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including December 7, 2019. This information is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner. Additionally, CDC continues to recommend that no one eat, serve, or sell romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, regardless of the brand or sell-by date.
Public health officials also are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to cut fruit, which has sickened 11 people in two states. Tailor Cut Produce recalledexternal icon its Fruit Luau cut fruit mix as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe, and cut pineapple products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
They were sold for use in institutional food service establishments such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and hotels. These products were not sold directly to consumers in grocery stores. Food service and institutional food operators should not sell or serve the recalled cut fruit.
Report Summarizes 2016–2017 NARMS Data from FDA, CDC, and USDA
A new report is available from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) for enteric bacteria. The 2016-2017 NARMS Integrated Summaryexternal icon was released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with its NARMS partners, CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The report’s new streamlined format will enable NARMS partners to provide more timely public updates.
Included in this report for the first time:
- Veterinary data on pathogens affecting animals.
- Genomic information for Campylobacter and E. coli isolates from retail meat and food animals. Until now, this information was only available for Salmonella.
Some notable observations from the 2016–2017 NARMS data include:
- Salmonella resistance to third-generation cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, or azithromycin has increased. Information about sources is available in the report. This increase is concerning as these drugs are considered first-line therapies to treat complicated infectious diarrhea in humans. The rise in Salmonella resistance to these drugs means that treatment with them might not always work
- No resistance to carbapenems was observed among Salmonella isolates from humans, retail meats, and animals. This is important as carbapenems are used for severe multidrug-resistant infections.