After pesticides, MDH now faces salmonella contamination

After pesticides, MDH now faces salmonella contamination

02-05-2024

The US has rejected one-third of (MDH) shipments from October 2023 due to salmonella contamination

  1. The report claims that while in 2022, US customs authorities denied entry to almost 15 percent of MDH shipments, it doubled to almost 31 percent in 2023.
  2. In 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of Everest Food Products due to a positive test for Salmonella.
  3. Singapore and Hong Kong also took action due to pesticide contamination.

About Salmonella:

  1. Definition: Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever, collectively known as salmonellosis.
  2. Natural Habitat: Salmonella naturally resides in the intestines of animals and can be found in their feces.
  3. Transmission to Humans: The bacteria can spread to humans through contact with salmonella-infected animals or items in their environment.
  4. Environmental Resilience: Salmonella is a hardy bacteria that can survive for several weeks in a dry environment and several months in water.
  5. Risks Associated with Salmonella:
  • Diarrhea, Fever, and Stomach Cramps: People infected with salmonella might experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
  • Vulnerable Populations: Certain populations, such as children under 5 years old, adults over 65 years old, and individuals with weakened immune systems, are at an increased risk of developing more severe illness.

What is Bacteria?

  1. Bacteria are microscopic single-celled prokaryotic organisms that play a crucial role in the ecosystem and have a significant impact on human health.
  2. Bacteria can be classified into various groups, including salmonella, which is known for causing gastrointestinal illness.

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