The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to the consumption of BrightFarms packaged salad greens produced in the firm’s Rochelle, IL facility.
FDA visited the facility and collected samples. Some environmental samples taken inside the facility tested positive for Salmonella Liverpool, but were not a match to the outbreak strain. In addition, a sample collected from an outdoor storm water drainage pond adjacent to the facility was analyzed and reported to be Salmonella Typhimurium and a genetic match to the outbreak strain.
Although no clear route of contamination was readily identified, the FDA is preparing a report to discuss findings and provide information to assist in future prevention efforts.
CDC has declared this outbreak to be over.
On July 15, 2021, BrightFarms recalled packaged salad greens produced in its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin. On July 21, 2021, Michigan was added to the list of states that received recalled products. Interview data and shopper card records show that 15 people ate or bought multiple types of BrightFarms brand salad products before they got sick, including Sunny Crunch, 50/50 Spring & Spinach, Harvest Crunch, and Butter Crisp. FDA conducted a traceback investigation and identified the farm in Rochelle, IL, as the likely source of the BrightFarms brand salad bought by people who became ill. On July 28, 2021, following positive sample results, BrightFarms expanded their recall to include Baby Spinach packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with “Best By” dates through 7/26/2021.
Map of U.S. Distribution of Recalled BrightFarms Products
Case Count Map Provided by CDC
Total Illnesses: 31
Last Illness Onset: August 18, 2021
States with Cases: IL (18), MI(1), PA (2), WI (10)
Product Distribution*: IA, IL, IN, MI, WI
*Distribution has been confirmed for states listed, but product could have been distributed further, reaching additional states