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Popular Science: ‘Fugitive dust’ seems to have caused last summer’s salmonella outbreak from peaches

I just ran across this June 2021 story from Popular Science on the impacts of wind on tainted peaches. An outbreak of salmonella on California peaches came up with a surprising source of the contamination–dust from nearby chicken and cattle farms. Fortunately, in this case no one died although 28 people were hospitalized. But it shows how important it is to know what potential sources of bacteria lie upwind of your orchards or fields. When farmers think about impacts of wind, they often think of drift of pesticides and damage to their crops, so this was new to me.

Source: Lucien Monfils via Commons Wikimedia