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       he automation of food and phar-              and ship salmonella laced peanut butter,        people or other animals. The Salmonella
       maceuticals production and pack-             in a willful manner according to the Food       family includes over 2,300 serotypes of
       aging in North America and Europe            and Drug Administration (FDA).                  bacteria, which are one-celled organisms
is probably the most regulated, scruti-                The case is reminiscent of the recent        too small to see without a microscope.
nized, and hygienic industry verticals.             mass melamine poisoning that took place         Two types, Salmonella Enteritidis and Sal-
   Clean-in-place, sterilization, clean rooms,      in China, also done in a willful manner         monella Typhimurium are the most com-
and government oversight are the concepts           and with disregard for public safety.           mon in the U.S. and account for half of all
and venues we associate with those items               Late 2008 and this year, eight people        human infections.
we produce to put in our mouths.                    died and at least 19,000 people in 43              Strains that cause no symptoms in ani-
                                                                         states, most of them       mals can make people sick, and vice ver-
                                                                         children, became sick      sa. If present in food, it does not usually
                                                                         in the outbreak of         affect the taste, smell, or appearance of
                                                                         food poisoning from        the food. The bacteria live in the intestinal
                                                                         eating products con-       tracts of infected animals and humans.
                                                                         taining peanuts, ac-          People contracting the bug experience
                                                                         cording to the Centers     diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever
                                                                         for Disease Control        within eight to 72 hours of eating the
                                                                         and Prevention.            contaminated food. Additional symptoms
                                                                            This infection trig-    may be chills, headache, nausea, and
                                                                         gered the most exten-      vomiting. Symptoms usually disappear
                                                                         sive food recall ever in   within four to seven days.
                                                                         U.S. history, involving       Many people with salmonellosis recov-
                                                                         at least 186 compa-        er without treatment and may never see
                                                                         nies and 1,790 dif-        a doctor. However
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