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Data Bank: Mapping the Spread of Salmonella Typhimurium in Peanut Products

As Nancy Scola explains, it has taken many people by surprise to learn that several of the foodstuffs involved in the peanut product recall are in fact organic brands. “Organic” means safe, right? Well, her investigation reveals, it’s not as simple as that.

Over the course of the current Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control has so far cataloged 677 cases in 45 states. Here’s the latest from the CDC as of Sunday:

CDC map showing spread of salmonella from peanut products

The contaminated peanut products originated from a plant in Blakely, Georgia, but the shipping routes for those items have likely determined the geographic distribution of sick citizens.

For more on that, and a comparison with last year’s national food safety disaster, which involved Salmonella Saintpaul hitching a ride on tomatoes, see this post by Emily Sciarillo at FortiusOne’s “Off the Map” blog (HT to Nancy).

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