Salmonella outbreak that sickened 6 linked to shelled peas sold at Wisconsin farmers markets

The peas don't appear to have been sold in Coulee Region
(Green Barn Market website)

MADISON (WKBT) — State and local health officials in Wisconsin are investigating salmonella cases linked to shelled peas sold at farmers markets, although none appears to be in the Coulee Region.

At least six people were infected with the same strain of salmonella bacteria after buying shelled peas produced by Green Barn Farm Market of Ripon, Wis., according to a news release from the state Department of Health Services.

The peas were sold at Green Barn Farm Market farm stands and farmers markets in Ripon, Green Bay, Madison and Fond du Lac, as well as Green Valley Acres Farm and Company farm stand in Neenah.

Shelled peas are loose, no longer in their pods.

Anyone who bought peas from Green Barn Farm Market or Green Valley Acres Farm since July 1 is advised to not eat them and to throw them away, even if the peas have been frozen, according to the news release.

Anyone who ate any shelled peas bought from Green Barn Farm Market or Green Valley Acres Farm since July 1 and is experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis, should contact a doctor.

Signs and symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting that lasts for several days.

Salmonellosis, or salmonella infection, occurs when salmonella bacteria are spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or by direct or indirect contact with fecal matter from infected people or animals.

Investigating agencies besides the DHS include the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and local health departments.

Updates and additional information are on the DHS outbreaks webpage.

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