The curious case of the brie made from nuts that caused a multi-state outbreak

Enlarge / Some real brie cheese in Paris. Getty | FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP

Niche plant-based foods are often touted for their health benefits—but one that may be less obvious is that they can help keep outbreaks from mushrooming.

Such was the case in a small Salmonella outbreak from late 2020 to early 2021, outlined Thursday in a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The outbreak involved an unusual plant-based food that carried unusual bacteria. And starting with just two cases, health officials could identify the source and spur a product recall before

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