There are several foodborne outbreaks and food recalls that parents should be aware of to keep their kids safe from food poisoning, including:
- at least 32 people who have gotten sick with a Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC O121) in 18 states, including 9 who have required hospitalization, and which have been linked to recalled Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan's brand frozen food products.
- at least 73 people in 18 states, including 14 who have required hospitalization, who have gotten sick with the Salmonella Saintpaul bacteria because of exposure to imported cucumbers that were contaminated with the bacteria.
- at least 13 people in Minneapolis, including 8 who required hospitalization, who got sick with Salmonella symptoms after eating queso fresco, a Mexican-style cheese that is made with raw milk.
- at least 3 people in Manitowoc County, including a 3-year-old, who likely got sick after drinking raw milk.
In addition to these outbreaks, the health department in South Dakota is reporting an outbreak of Salmonella associated with baby chicks. There have been at least three cases of Salmonellosis in South Dakota recently, including one child under the age of 4-years.
See your pediatrician if your child has vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and/or abdominal cramps and has any of the above risks for getting sick with these bacteria.