Challenges involved in the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak and lessons learned

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dc.contributor.author Taylor, Ethel
dc.contributor.author Kastner, Justin
dc.contributor.author Renter, David G.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-03T15:15:56Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-03T15:15:56Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-03T15:15:56Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4834
dc.description.abstract A 2008 multistate foodborne outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul caused more than 1,400 illnesses in the United States (U.S.). Although initial investigations suggested tomatoes as the potential vehicle, jalapeño and serrano peppers were subsequently found positive for the outbreak strain. The uncertainty associated with this incident caused government, industry, and the public to question the efficacy of the U.S. food safety system. Examination of the response to this incident exposed breakdowns in several areas. Communication at all levels was lacking, leading to an absence of coordinated actions and conflicting risk communication messages. Variations in resources between local and state health departments created delays in gathering accurate information for epidemiological investigations. Although new laws required increased documentation, rapid and thorough traceback of produce products remained elusive. Three factors contributed to the difficulty in the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak, including (1) delayed response due to discrepancies in available resources and expertise at state and local levels, (2) inadequate communication between stakeholders and agencies, and (3) poor traceability capabilities. Future responses to foodborne illness outbreaks may be improved by addressing these three factors. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://journals.lww.com/jphmp/Abstract/2010/05000/Lessons_Learned_From_the_Investigation_of_a.3.aspx en
dc.rights This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Taylor E, Kastner J, Renter D. (2009). Challenges involved in the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak and lessons learned. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 16(3):221-231. en
dc.subject Food safety en_US
dc.subject Produce en_US
dc.subject Outbreak en_US
dc.subject Salmonella en_US
dc.subject Salmonella Saintpaul en_US
dc.title Challenges involved in the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak and lessons learned en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en
dc.citation.epage 231 en
dc.citation.issue 3 en
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Public Health Management and Practice en
dc.citation.spage 221 en
dc.citation.volume 16 en
dc.contributor.authoreid jkastner en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid drenter en_US

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