Health officials investigating outbreak of Salmonella poisoning

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GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Brown County health officials say shelled peas sold at three Farmers Markets in the state caused an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning.

Officials say there are seven confirmed cases in the state, across four counties. Four of those cases are in Brown County and one person was hospitalized.

During a news conference Friday, Brown County health officials say the cases were first reported last week.

The shelled peas were sold at Farmers Markets in Green Bay, Madison and Fond du Lac on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

  • Dane County Farmers Market in Madison located on the capital square (Saturdays) or Martin Luther King Blvd (Wednesdays)
  • Downtown Green Bay Farmers Market (Saturdays) located in downtown Green Bay
  • Fond du Lac Farmers Market (Saturdays) located in downtown Fond du Lac

At this time, health officials are not releasing the name of the vendor or vendors involved.

Anyone who purchased shelled peas from the listed Farmers Markets between July 19 to Aug. 5, are asked to throw them away, even if they have been frozen.

The advisory does not include peas that were bought inside the pod or shell.

Brown County health officials are assuring consumers the contaminated peas are gone and the peas that will be sold at Saturday's Farmers Market are safe.

According to the CDC, Salmonella is a bacteria that makes people sick. Those who become infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The CDC estimates approximately 12 million illnesses and around 450 deaths are caused by Salmonella poisoning each year in the U.S. Elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Health officials are stressing the importance of washing any fresh vegetable or fruit before consuming.

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