OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections across the United States. In all, 55 people were sickened, and 6 have been hospitalized in at least 11 different states throughout the country.
The CDC has traced the outbreak to mushrooms (sometimes called Black Fungus) sold to restaurants by Wismettac Asian Foods, which has issued a recall.
Although this outbreak appears to be over, our investigation continues. Please feel free to contact us or call us at 888-828-7087 if you have information relevant to this outbreak or if you or a loved one was sickened.
At least 55 people in 12 states from coast to coast have become sick with Salmonella Stanley infections over a period of several months:
According to public health investigators, the outbreak has been traced back to Shirakiku-brand imported Dried Fungus (also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage) sold to restaurants by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. The implicated mushrooms were not sold to consumers, only restaurants, but a recall has been issued by the FDA.
The “Black Fungus” product was distributed to restaurants in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and British Columbia in Canada.
The outbreak has been silently brewing for many months, but was only recently pieced together by public health officials. The epidemiological curve shows that people have been getting infected since January, and were still being infected in September:
There are more than 2,500 serotypes of Salmonella, but fewer than 100 cause infections in humans. One of these strains, called Stanley, has been implicated in the current outbreak. Salmonella poisoning can be so severe that it requires people to be hospitalized, and the CDC reports that at least four people have been hospitalized in the current outbreak.
Salmonella can even be fatal when the infection leaves the intestines and travels to the bloodstream or other parts of the body. It is also possible to experience long-term side effects, including joint pain known as reactive arthritis, which is also known as Reiter’s Syndrome. This can last for months or years and result in chronic arthritis, which is difficult to treat. Reactive arthritis can also lead to eye irritation and painful urination. In rare cases, some types of Salmonella cause typhoid fever, which can be fatal.
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