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Pundit’s Mailbag —
Saintpaul Strain Of Salmonella
Ranked Ninth In Humans

We were pleased to feature an informative interview with Trevor Suslow, Ph.D., Extension Research Specialist, Postharvest Quality and Safety, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, as part of our piece Salmonella And Tomatoes Linked In New Mexico. The interview included some discussion of the incidence of Salmonella Saintpaul.

We are fortunate to have one of the world’s preeminent experts weigh in on the matter:

In 2005, Saintpaul was #9 in humans.

Between 1995 and 2005, it varied between 436 and 838 isolates per year reported in the US. (See table 3, Page 16 at the link below)

You can download surveillance reports here salmonella.htm

Robert Tauxe, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Director,
Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases,
National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne, and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Many thanks to both Dr. Suslow and Dr. Tauxe for their efforts to keep the industry informed.

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