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Outbreak of Drug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Ground Beef

EMSL Analytical’s food testing division provides clients with legally defensible data

PRLog - Jan. 12, 2012 - As of January 5, 19 people ages 1 year old to 79 years old have been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium in Hawaii, Kentucky, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The infections have been linked to ground beef that has since been recalled from Hannaford Supermarkets. The supplier of the product is still unknown.

The strain of Salmonella responsible for the outbreak is resistant to several antibiotics, which increases the risk of hospitalization and of treatment failing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with Salmonella bacteria begin to show symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. In the majority of cases, illness only lasts for 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be severe enough that the patient is hospitalized. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream from the intestines, the patient may die unless he or she is treated with antibiotics.

“When testing for foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, EMSL Analytical provides clients with scientifically and legally defensible data,” states EMSL’s National Food Microbiology Supervisor, Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., R.M. (N.R.M.), C.F.S.P. “We maintain strict adherence to our Quality Assurance/Quality Control programs and regulatory requirements, so companies can depend our results.”

For more information on EMSL’s food testing services, please call (800) 220-3675, email info@emsl.com, or visit www.EMSL.com or www.FoodTestingLab.com.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.

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EMSL Analytical Inc. is a nationally recognized accredited testing laboratory and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, microbiology, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services to professionals and the general public.

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