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A Guide to the Salmonella Outbreak

More than 500 fell ill between September 2008 and January 2009, and as many as eight have died, thanks to contaminated peanut butter. Here's how salmonella got into our food supply during this and past outbreaks, and how we might keep it out in the future

February 10, 2009

Sophisticated Sticker Spots Salmonella

An invention by physicists could make testing for bacteria as simple as slapping a sticker on food and waving a handheld scanner. Wayt Gibbs reports

October 29, 2013

Salmonella peanut company hit with huge fine

The company whose salmonella-tainted peanut products made 691 people sick and may have killed nine others has been fined $14.6 million.

The Texas Department of State Health Services yesterday fined Plainview Peanut Corp.

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Salmonella outbreak may have claimed two more lives

The deaths of two more people may be linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that began in contaminated peanut butter.

Authorities in Idaho and Minnesota yesterday reported the deaths, bringing the total to five, according to the Associated Press.

January 15, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel

Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports 


July 23, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

How to eat your host: Pathways for nutrition in Salmonella

From the point of view of an intracellular bacteria, the human body really is no more than just a habitat in which they must grow and thrive. While this particular habitat might have stable internal conditions, and less competition than the big open world, it has its disadvantages in continuous attacks from the immune system, and the lack of usable nutrients.

May 6, 2013 — S.E. Gould

Peanut prez takes the 5th on salmonella

Top brass at Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), whose contaminated peanut products are blamed for sickening 600 people and possibly killing eight others since September, refused to testify today at a congressional hearing.

February 11, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Fussy eaters: the favoured food of Salmonella

As antibiotic resistance increases the search for new anti-bacterial treatments becomes more and more important. One way to design anti-bacterials is to find specific biochemical pathways that the bacteria require to survive, and develop drugs that block off these pathways.

July 13, 2014 — S.E. Gould

Salmonella sparks recall for two-year-old peanut products

You wouldn’t think peanut butter could have such long-lasting, ill effects, but the company whose peanut products caused a nationwide outbreak of salmonella infections is now recalling everything it has manufactured at its contaminated Blakely, Ga., plant since January 1, 2007.

January 29, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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