You’re going to want to pay attention to this latest public alert issued across the continental United States, because it may have serious health implications for you and your loved ones: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide recall on all salmonella, effective immediately.

Yikes. Hopefully no one close to you has come into contact with any salmonella in the past few weeks!

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“There have been several reported cases of serious illness and even death as a result of salmonella, and we advise anyone who has any of the bacteria around their home to dispose of it immediately so that it cannot harm the public,” the CDC urged in a statement released this morning. “If you have bought salmonella or operate a business that provides salmonella bacteria to the public, please throw out any and all salmonella bacteria in your possession until we can ensure the public is safe and we can announce that salmonella is once again safe to consume and keep in your home,” the statement continues.

The CDC says that this recall is effective for all 2,000 known strains of salmonella, including all sub-types of both Salmonella enterica and Salmonella bongori, while they sort out which strains do and do not pose a threat to the public. The announcement also urges Americans to throw out any listeria and/or E. coli bacteria that may have come in contact with salmonella within the past six months as a precautionary measure, since these infectious bacteria cultures may have become infected with salmonella.

Wow, scary stuff. While these types of recalls can feel like a real hassle, when the CDC is involved, it’s always better safe than sorry. We recommend heeding the CDC’s warning and tossing out any salmonella you’ve got in your pantry or fridge. Stay safe!

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