Toasted Oat Cereal Implicated in Salmonella Cases
Albany, June 4, 1998 – The New York State Department of Health is cooperating in a national investigation of Salmonella agona infection linked to consumption of toasted oat cereal.
Officials say Millville brand Toasted Oats cereal distributed by Aldi's Supermarkets, a national chain with stores in New York State, is implicated in the outbreak. A total of 22 cases of Salmonella agona have been confirmed in New York during April and May, most occurring in the central and western regions of the state.
Salmonella infection is a bacterial illness that generally affects the intestinal tract and occasionally the bloodstream. Salmonella agona is a less common strain of the bacteria which normally accounts for about two percent of Salmonella cases in New York State annually. People exposed to the salmonella bacteria may experience mild or severe diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
Until more specific information is provided by the Food and Drug Administration about the implicated product, such as lot numbers and distribution schedules, state health officials recommend that individuals who have purchased Millville brand Toasted Oats cereal from an Aldi's supermarket not consume the product. No recall has been ordered by the FDA at this time.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of salmonella infection should consult with their health care providers. To prevent secondary spread of the infection, careful hand washing is essential after using the toilet or changing diapers.