Salmonella Outbreaks 2018 Factsheet

To see the latest recalls:


What to do if you have a recalled item:


FDA information:

+ 1 844-467-7278

Consumers seeking information may call 844-467-7278 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.”





Signs and Symptoms of a Salmonella infection:

Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps”
  • Additional symptoms: nausea and vomiting


Who is more likely to have a severe illness?

  • Children younger than 5 years of age
  • Adults older than 65 years of age
  • People with weakened immune systems”






Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

On the 17th of July 2018, Hy-Vee Incorporated recalled its Spring Pasta Salad due to a possible salmonella contamination. The salad consists of mayonnaise, green pepper, onion, cucumbers, shell pasta, carrots, and celery. The product was sold in Hy-Vee grocery stores throughout Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois. The pasta salad, sold in one-pound and three-pound containers, should either be thrown away or can be returned for a refund.




Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers

Pepperidge Farm, a company owned by the Campbell Soup Company, is recalling 3.3 million units of Goldfish Crackers in four flavor varieties: Flavor Blasted Sour Cream and Onion, Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar and Pretzel. Although there have not been any reported salmonella poisoning cases linked with these snack food items, the company has voluntarily recalled the products due to the possibility of contamination.





Ritz Cracker Products

Mondelez Global LLC has recalled 16 Ritz cracker products. Among those recalled are Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Cheese. Although there have not been any reported salmonella poisoning cases linked with these snack food items, the company has voluntarily recalled the products due to the possibility of contamination.




Now Health Group Inc.’s Now Real Food Zesty Sprouting Mix

The NOW Health Group, based out of Bloomingdale, Illinois, has recalled its’s Zesty Sprouting Mix. The Mix contains Crimson Clover seeds which are potentially contaminated with Salmonella. There were approximately 10,000 units of the Now Real Food Zesty Sprouting Mix distributed throughout the United States since December of 2017. Consumers should discontinue their use of this product and return it to the retailer from which they purchased it to receive a full refund.




Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is being recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella in their 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages. A total of 73 people have reported illnesses after consuming the cereal from 31 states. Currently, twenty-four people have been hospitalized. All boxes with a “best if used by” date ranging from June 2018 to June 2019 should not be consumed. The cereal can be thrown out or returned to the store for a refund. Additionally, any containers which may have stored this cereal should be thoroughly washed with soap and water to remove harmful germs that may contaminate other food products. No other Kellogg brand cereals or additional Kellogg products have been implicated or effected by this recall.




Pre-cut Melons:

Fresh cut melons, including honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, and fresh-cut melon medleys, distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, have been linked to a salmonella outbreak. Pre-cut melon should also not be distributed by retailers if it is from Gordon Food Service or SpartanNash Distribution. The recalled products were packaged in plastic, clear clamshell containers in the following stores: Walmart, Whole Foods, Amazon, Walgreens, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Owen’s, Payless, Kroger, Jay C, and Costco; in the following states: Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. There have been 60 cases reported thus far and 31 hospitalizations. Consumers should not use these products and should not use any cut melon whose producer they cannot remember.





Chicken Patties:

Two salmonella outbreaks, beginning in May of 2018, one in the U.S. and the other in Canada, have been reported as not originating from the same source, as different bacteria were discovered to be responsible for each outbreak. However, both have been linked to frozen breaded chicken patties. “Between the two outbreaks, 65 people have been confirmed with salmonellosis, an infection caused by Salmonella bacteria.” Consumers should not eat and frozen chicken products without thoroughly cooking them if they are not clearly labeled as pre-cooked. It is recommended that chicken is thoroughly cooked before consumption in order to prevent the contraction of salmonellosis.


Some Ways to Prevent Salmonellosis (Meats and Poultry):

  • Cooking all poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly and completely
  • Being sure to wash hands, all kitchen surfaces and all utensils which were used in or during food preparation with soap and water immediately after contact with raw poultry or meat
  • Being sure to wash hands with water and soap after contact with birds, reptiles, baby chicks and any contact with pet feces
  • Avoid any contact between raw meats and/or poultry and infants or persons with a compromised immune system
  • Breastfeeding also prevents salmonellosis along with several other health problems






Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana recalled 206,749,248 shell eggs due to their potential contamination with the Salmonella bacteria. Using multiple brand names such as: Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Glenview, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Great Value, Sunups, Sunshine Farms, Publix, and Nelms; these eggs have been sold in grocery stores and restaurants throughout the country. Consumers should not eat the recalled eggs. There is a possibility that eggs may contain the Salmonella bacteria within the egg itself, not just on the shell. Proper handling and cooking of the egg will ensure that they are safe to consume.


Some Ways to Prevent Salmonellosis (Eggs):

  • Using pasteurized eggs and egg products
  • Make sure to refrigerate eggs at 40°F (4°C) and only purchase them from stores that keep their eggs refrigerated
  • Discard eggs that are dirty or that have any visible cracks
  • Cook the egg yolk and white until both are firm
  • Be sure that any foods that contain undercooked or raw eggs are made with only pasteurized eggs
  • Refrigerate or consume any goods with eggs shortly after cooking
  • Be sure to wash hands, counter tops, and other surfaces/items after contact with raw eggs






Romaine lettuce originating from the Yuma region of Arizona was last harvested on April 16th, 2018. The harvest season has since ended but the lettuce is believed to have been contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. The joint trace back effort on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that the common denominator between the 197 reported cases as of May 31st was romaine lettuce. The lettuce is most likely no longer in stores or restaurants due to its 21 day shelf life.






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