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FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to Spring Pasta Salad sold at Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Fast Facts

  • The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad.
  • The CDC reports that 79 people in 9 states (IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, TN) have become ill. There have been 18 hospitalizations and no deaths.
  • Since the last update on July 18, 2018, the CDC reports that 58 ill people have been added to this investigation. In addition, according to the CDC illnesses that occurred after July 8, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Following discussions with FDA, CDC, and state partners, Hy-Vee, Inc. voluntarily recalled their Spring Pasta Salad. The recalled products were distributed to all 244 Hy-Vee grocery store locations, which are located in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The pasta salad was available in one- and three-pound, pre-packaged plastic containers, and was also available for purchase at the deli counter in custom quantities. If anyone has already purchased the Spring Pasta Salad and has it in their home, they should not consume it and should discard it. If consumers purchased pasta salad from a Hy-Vee deli counter and they are unsure of the type of pasta salad, they should not consume it and should discard it.
  • Consumers who have symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most infections usually last 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment, however some people develop diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized.
  • As this is an ongoing investigation, the FDA will update this page as more information becomes available, such as product information, epidemiological results, and recalls.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?

The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Spring Pasta Salad sold at Hy-Vee.

The FDA and CDC, along with our state partners contacted Hy-Vee, Inc. and as a result of discussions, the company has stopped selling and voluntarily recalled Spring Pasta Salad to prevent further consumption of potentially contaminated product. The recalled products were sold in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

There are 79 people ill with the outbreak strains of Salmonella in 9 states: Iowa (26), Illinois (2), Kansas (2), Minnesota (20), Missouri (3), Nebraska (9), North Dakota (1), South Dakota (15), Tennessee (1). The ages of the ill people range from 1 to 89 (median 47 years) and 67% of cases are female. Reported illness onset dates range from 6/21/18 – 7/15/18. Eighteen people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

Timeline

On July 16, 2018 the FDA learned about a cluster of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states.

The FDA, CDC, and state partners worked together to collect additional information to identify a food item of interest. Interviews with ill people allowed health partners to identify Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad as a possible source of the illnesses.

On July 16, 2018, Hy-Vee, Inc. removed Spring Pasta Salad products from all of its stores, located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

On July 17, 2018, Hy-Vee, Inc. voluntarily recalled Spring Pasta Salad sold in eight states. The FDA notified consumers of this recall through social media and posted the recall notice.

Recalled Products

The recalled pasta salad was sold at all 244 Hy-Vee store locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The pasta salad was available in one- and three-pound, pre-packaged plastic containers. The Spring Pasta Salad was also available for purchase at the deli counter in custom quantities. If anyone has already purchased the Spring Pasta Salad and has it in their home, they should not consume it and should discard it.

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What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Infections? 

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Who is at Risk?

Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other people. Children younger than five, the elderly, and those people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons in the United States die each year with acute salmonellosis. 

What Do Restaurants and Retailers Need To Do?

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled Spring Pasta Salad from Hy-Vee.

Restaurants and retailers should also be aware that the recalled pasta salads may be a source of pathogens and should control the potential for cross–contamination of food processing equipment and the food processing environment. They should follow the steps below:

  • Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators regularly.
  • Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to prepare, serve, or store food.
  • Wash hands with hot water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
  • Regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces and utensils used in food preparation may help to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

The FDA is advising consumers to not eat and to discard any of the recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad. If already purchased, consumers should throw it away or return to the place of purchase for a refund. 

If you purchased pasta salad from a Hy-Vee deli counter and you are unsure of the type of pasta salad, you should discard it or return it to the store for a refund.

The FDA continues to collect information to determine any additional sources. The FDA will update this posting as soon as more information becomes available.

Consumers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that they wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.

Who Should be Contacted?

People who think they might have symptoms of a Salmonella infection should consult their health care provider. The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to Submit An Inquiry, or to visit www.fda.gov/fcic for additional information.

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Page Last Updated: 08/01/2018
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