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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Salmonella on Maggi Noodles

Nestle Philippines is recalling Maggi noodles for possible salmonella contamination.
The firm says it is recalling Maggi beef and chicken noodles after it found traces of salmonella in two batches of the beef variant.

Nestle said in an ad published in a newspaper that "the product recall is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and quality of our products."

"We have immediately initiated an extensive investigation to determine the cause of this contamination, and initial findings suggest flavoring ingredients as the cause," it added.

Nestle has stopped production of all Maggi noodles pending the completion of the investigation, it said.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are requested to contact the company's hotlines 898-0061 (for Metro Manila) or 1-800-100-637853 (toll free for provincial areas).

Via:  ABS-CBNnews

Health Effects of Salmonella

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being infected. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. As with any disease causing diarrhea or vomiting, those infected should drink plenty of liquids to replace lost body fluids. This is particularly important with very young children and seniors. In severe cases, patients may need to be given fluids intravenously, which is usually done in hospital.

In a small number of cases, Salmonella may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other body sites, causing severe illness and, in vulnerable people, death. In cases of severe illness, patients may be treated with antibiotics. However, some Salmonella bacteria have become resistant to many commonly used antibiotics.

A small number of infected people go on to develop pains in their joints, irritation of the eyes and painful urination, a condition called Reiter's Syndrome. It can last for months or years, sometimes leading to chronic arthritis, which is difficult to treat.

Because many different illnesses cause the same symptoms as Salmonella, the only way to diagnose it is through laboratory tests on the stools of infected people. Once Salmonella has been identified, further testing can determine the type of Salmonella and the appropriate antibiotics to use in treatment.

Source:  Enotalone

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