Salmonella Poisoning Cases Rise at a Terrifying Rate—and We Don’t Know Where to Turn to

Salmonella Poisoning Cases Rise at a Terrifying Rate

Food safety becomes something that everyone fears over in the US, especially in a climate where the UK has just exited the EU. The government has a record that explained that the US meat farms prepared meat in a dirty way of the sort. A US citizen reported that he contracted a strain of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella from a hamburger made with contaminated meat. He explained that the foodborne illness was transmitted into his body through consuming a package of ground beef, weighing 3 pounds in total. At first, he thought it was a stomach virus. He spent his time during the period in the bathroom, vomiting and suffering from diarrhea. The pain was unbearable, he admits, and when the illness progressed, it was time for dehydration to attack. After thorough and close observation, he was diagnosed positive for salmonella poisoning.

The man was released from the hospital 2 days after he was first admitted—still not fully recovered. The CDC informed him about the kind of salmonella strain he had contracted, which was at the time the cause for other 18 cases in the US. It was through discussion with the CDC that he found out that his case of salmonella poisoning originated from a package of ground beef he purchased the other day.

CDC arrived at his house to procure the remaining packs of ground beef the man has yet to consume. And after being told that those packs were also positive for salmonella (the kind of which the man contracted), the supermarket from which he purchased the ground beef did a recall for all ground beef packs they sell. It wasn’t until a couple of months later that the man was able to eat solid food. The illness only had one type of antibiotic potent enough against it and luckily he wasn’t allergic to it. There was another case of salmonella poisoning in which a man stayed in the hospital for a year because he didn’t respond very well to antibiotics.

This story is certainly a depressing one. You would think your government does its best to protect you from foodborne illnesses yet cases of food poisoning still rise at a fearful rate. Let’s just say that the government has too much on its plate to take care of this. The responsibility then falls upon the supermarket chain to know how in the world did a supply of bad meat plagued with risks of salmonella poisoning landed on their lap in the first place—yet they don’t have any idea about it.