Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in jalapeno

first_img David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said at a media briefing today that the jalapeno sample was obtained from Agricola Zaragoza, Inc., a small company based in McAllen, Tex., that received jalapeno peppers from a farm in Mexico. However, he said investigators haven’t yet determined where the peppers were contaminated with Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul and that an FDA team is at the farm now. Jul 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal authorities announced today that investigators working at a Texas produce facility found Salmonella that genetically matches the nationwide outbreak strain on a jalapeno pepper. FDA officials said they could not reveal where Agricola Zaragosa sent its peppers after receiving them from Mexico, because the investigation is ongoing. However, they said investigators focused on the company on the basis of information that came from some of the large case clusters that emerged later in the outbreak. He said the CDC is still getting reports of new cases and that the outbreak is considered ongoing, though the numbers reported each day are declining. They released little information about other produce items Agricola Zaragoza handles. However, Steve Solomon, deputy director of the FDA’s office of regional operations, told reporters that another item the company receives from Mexico is tomatillos, which are similar to tomatoes but are green and have husks. He said officials didn’t know yet if any Salmonella Oranienburg infections have been reported recently in North Carolina, the AP report said. Texas officials have not received any reports of illnesses related to the strain. “We need to look at distribution records, and that’s happening as we speak,” Acheson said. “We need to push the investigation hard to answer those types of questions.” Based on what the FDA is calling a “significant break” in the investigation, federal officials are now warning all consumers to avoid eating fresh jalapeno peppers and products that contain them. The FDA isn’t limiting its warning to jalapeno peppers from specific sources, Acheson said, because officials aren’t sure they if tainted peppers had an opportunity to cross-contaminate jalapenos from other sources at points along the production and distribution chain. The warning does not include processed, cooked, or pickled jalapeno peppers. Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said despite the new findings and the change in the consumer advisory, officials still have not exonerated tomatoes of a possible role earlier in the outbreak. He said investigators are conducting more detailed case-control studies, particularly in the southwestern states that reported many Salmonella infections. Tauxe said the outbreak has expanded to 1,251 cases in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. So far, 229 patients have been hospitalized, and the latest illness onset remains at Jul 4. Two deaths are possibly linked to the outbreak; both were older men from Texas who had chronic illnesses.center_img Jul 18 CDC update on Salmonella outbreak “One sample doesn’t give us the whole story, but it allows us to focus on the production chain,” Acheson said, adding that Agricola Zaragoza is recalling all of its jalapeno peppers. Jul 18 CIDRAP News story “Salmonella found in peppers, but no outbreak link so far” See also: Acheson said the warning about Serrano peppers remains in place for high-risk groups, including infants, those with impaired immune systems, and elderly people. Joe Reardon, director of the department’s food and drug protection division, told the AP the strain, confirmed in North Carolina and Texas, is linked to Grande Produce, a supplier based in Hidalgo, Tex., that has recalled its jalapeno peppers, Serrano peppers, and avocadoes. Jul 19 Grande Produce press release In other developments, an official from North Carolina’s agriculture department said additional testing at a Charlotte food supplier where Salmonella was found in two produce samples revealed that the strain is Salmonella Oranienburg, not the one responsible for the nationwide outbreak, according to a Jul 19 Associated Press (AP) report.last_img read more

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Broward School District Clears Parkland Administrators Despite Investigation Noting Failures

first_imgAs questions continue in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, the Broward School District recently cleared administrators at the school, even after an outside investigator blamed them for several procedural failures contributing to the 2018 massacre.A committee of district administrators did not find just cause on May 7 to discipline Ty Thompson, who was principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting, or Assistant Principal Denise Reed. Both individuals were reassigned from the school last year.Jeff Morford, another assistant principal at the school who has retired, was also cleared of most of the allegations against him.However, he was given a letter of reprimand for mishandling a 2016 threat assessment of the student who would kill 17 people and injure another 17 on Feb. 14, 2018.Records obtained by the Sun Sentinel show that attorney Jennifer Ruiz, whose firm was contracted by the district to conduct a review, accused Thompson of failing to adequately supervise school employees.“The evidence shows that Mr. Thompson delegated away many of his own responsibilities or duties to his assistant principals, but failed to implement any type of system to oversee compliance,” she wrote.Ruiz adds that Reed and Morford botched the killer’s threat assessment, and that Morford also ignored various warning signs and provided testimony lacking credibility.A statement from Kathy Koch, the district’s chief communications officer, said Ruiz’s role was to research and present facts, which was was done “comprehensively and thoroughly.”Koch adds that the decision to determine whether there was cause for discipline was up to the committee.“The committee concluded there was not just cause,” the statement goes on to say.Lisa Maxwell, who represents the three administrators as executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, responds, “The investigator had no idea of how any of the processes actually work. All she did was try to be a rubber stamp for the statewide commission, and she failed miserably.”She described Ruiz as a “lawyer from Miami with no background in investigations, absolutely zero understanding of how schools operate.”Ruiz also completed investigations of Assistant Principal Winfred Porter and Security Specialist Kelvin Greenleaf.In the end, she found no cause to discipline Greenleaf. However, she determined that Porter, who oversaw the school’s security, failed to ensure staff knew how and when to activate emergency Code Red lockdown procedures.The Professional Standards Committee also overturned that recommendation and cleared Porter.The only employees who ended up facing any severe discipline were two security monitors whose contracts were not renewed in June 2018.The full investigation into Ty Thompson is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The investigation of Denise Reed has three parts. Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 2 supplement. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The investigation of Jeff Morford has three parts. Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 2 supplement. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The full investigation of Winfred Porter is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The full investigation of Kelvin Greenleaf is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.last_img read more

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Sally Smith, 65, formerly of Oxford: July 31, 1948 – March 12, 2014

first_imgSally SmithSally Smith, 65, of Derby, formerly of Oxford died on March 12, 2014 at her home in Derby.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17th at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established with the St. Jude’s Children’s Foundation. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.comSally Lynnette McLaughlin was born on July 31, 1948 the daughter of James and Violet (Brown) McLaughlin in Concordia. She was a 1966 graduate of the Winfield high School. On June 1, 1969 she was united in marriage with Franklin Smith. Sally was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, quilting and crafts. She liked to read and  most of all, loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.Surviving to honor her memory are her children; Leslie Smith of San Diego, CA, Larry Smith and wife Teresa of Wichita, KS, Lynne Taylor and husband John of Augusta, AR, Ricky May of Derby, KS and Christi Elston and husband Mario of Arkansas City, KS, sister, Carol Bowman of Wellington, KS, 13grandchildren  and 8 great grandchildren.Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Franklin Smith in 2007, grandchildren; Aaron May and Jeffrey Taylor.last_img read more

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