There is currently an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly in the US. The number of people affected continues to rise and the geographic spread continues to widen. We have reported on the progress of this outbreak in our Daily Alerts and have provided more comprehensive coverage in our Weekly Food Safety Alert.
There are some important lessons to be learned from this outbreak. That a single food production facility in India can cause so much illness across the US indicates the weakness in developed countries’ food production systems which rely on mass production and global distribution. It is also worthy of note that such a vulnerability presents an opportunity for bioterrorists and others with malicious intent..