Pork carnitas appear to be salmonella source

The source of a salmonella outbreak in Kenosha over Mother’s Day weekend appears to have been pork carnitas sold at a supermarket there.

Here is an update from the Kenosha County Division of Health:

The Kenosha County Division of Health continues to interview individuals with gastrointestinal illness and exposure to Supermercado Los Corrales. As of this time, more than 60 ill persons have been identified. To date, Salmonella with a matching DNA fingerprint has been found in seven case patients. Additional stool samples are currently being tested and the number of confirmed cases is expected to increase as those results become available. Based on the interviews that have been conducted, the source of the outbreak appears to be pork carnitas sold at Supermercado Los Corrales during Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-10, 2015). Testing of food from Supermercado Los Corrales is currently in progress. The meat and food preparation area of Supermercado Los Corrales is temporarily closed while the investigation is ongoing, but the remainder of the establishment is open. Tips for preventing Salmonella: Wash hands with soap before and after food preparation, and before eating; wash kitchen work surfaces and utensils with soap and water immediately; after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry to prevent cross contamination with other foods; always treat raw eggs, poultry, beef and pork as if they are contaminated and handle accordingly. The next daily update will be provided on Tuesday, May 26. For more information, please call the Kenosha County Division of Health at (262) 605-6700, (800) 472-8008, or visit www.kenoshacounty.org.”


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