November 1, 2014

E. coli in Clackamas County Or Sickens 3 at Montessori School

E. coli Bacteria

An E. coli outbreak has sickened three children at the West Linn Montessori school in Clackamas County, OR, according to the Oregonian. Two of the children have been diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Health officials have recommended that students and employees be tested for E. coli and not return to school, swim or participated in group activities until they receive clear test results. The school is for young children with classes for toddlers, pre-schoolers and 6 year olds. E. coli is transmitted through contaminated food and water or through contact with  animals. Symptoms  of an E. coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. Children with these symptoms should see a doctor and mention possible exposure to E.coli.   … [Read more...]

Listeria in Soft Cheese Sickens 3, Kills 1


Listeria in Oasis brand soft cheese has killed one person and sickened two others, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oasis issued an August 4 recall for quesito casero,  an October 6 recall for cuajada en hoja, and an October 16 recall for various cheeses sold under the Lacteos Santa Martha brand. Consumers who have purchased these cheeses should not eat them as they risk serious illness or death if they do. Health officials used whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to compare the strains of the Listeria monocytogenes  isolated from the recalled quesito casero cheese and the strain isolated from the three case patients and found that they were highly related. The three cases were reported from three states: … [Read more...]

Judge Orders Cantaloupe Listeria Cases Against Primus Labs Move Forward


District Court Judge Charles Pratt has ordered that dozens of cases filed against Primus Labs in connection with a the deadly cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011 move forward. Primus, a third-party auditor,  gave cantaloupe grower Jensen Farms a superior rating just weeks before the outbreak. In January, Primus filed a motion to dismiss the cases saying that the damage caused by the contaminated cantaloupe was outside its control. On October 28, Judge Pratt denied the motion saying, "the auditor should have reasonably recognized that the audit was necessary to protect the public from exposure and consumption of harmful cantaloupe" and that "failure to exercise reasonable care in conducting the audit increased the risk to the public from exposure to and consumption of harmful … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses Prompt Recall of Unpasteurized Apple Cider in Canada


Rolling Acres Cider Mill is being recalled in Canada for E.coli contamination after illnesses were reported in association with consuming the product.  Consumers who have purchased this unpasteurized cider should not drink it as they risk serious, life-threatening illness if they do. . The recalled product was sold in 2L and 4L sizes and in unmarked plastic bags at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market in Waterloo, Ontario on October 11, 2014 and from the company's own location in Waterloo, Ontario between October 10, 2014 and October 11, 2014. Symptoms of E. coli poisoning include diarrhea that can be bloody and abdominal cramps. Anyone who drank the cider an is experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. In severe cases, people may experience, seizure, stroke, coma or develop … [Read more...]

Maine CDC: Guess Which Restaurant Exposed You to Hepatitis A?


Do you have clay-colored stools, dark urine, fever, jaundice, yellow eyes, abdominal cramping and weight loss? If so, you have Hepatitis A and should see a doctor. If you have these symptoms and also spent time in Cumberland County, Maine from September 29 though October 11, you likely got the virus from a restaurant you ate at. But don't ask the Maine CDC which one, because they aren't saying. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) issued an advisory yesterday stating that the agency had "identified a case of acute hepatitis A virus infection in a Cumberland County food service worker." They are encouraging health care providers to be on the lookout for the above symptoms.  Hepatitis A is a virus that is transmitted when food contaminated with microscopic amounts of … [Read more...]

Brainerd MN Will Not Chlorinate City Water Supply


The city of Brianerd, Minnesota will not chlorinate its city water supply, the public utilities commission decided this week.  With a population of about 13,500 people, Brainered draws its water from an aquifer 170 feet below the city and has never added the chemical to to its water. But last month, a storm created conditions that could have contaminate the water supply with bacteria. So, the system was flushed with chlorine. With the problems created by the storm resolved, the public utilities commission had to decide whether to continue the use of chlorine. The vote on Tuesday was unanimous to end the use of the chemical. Brainerd residents are fond of the taste of their water and  didn't want it altered. This was the third time in 30 years that the city's water supply was … [Read more...]

Richard’s Boudin Recalled for Temperature Abuse, Bacillus cereus


Carlton Foods of New Braunfels, Texas is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products because they were made with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and could  contain the toxin-producing bacteria Bacillus cereus. There had been no reports of illness at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased the recalled products should not eat them as they could become ill if they do so. Bacillus cereus  bacteria is found in a variety of foods, particularly rice that has been stored too long at room temperature. Toxins produced by Bacillus cereus cause illness characterized by nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually develop between 30 minutes to six hours after consumption of contaminated foods. The  recalled Boudin sausages were … [Read more...]

Recalled Bell & Evans Gluten Free Chicken Products Sold at Publix


Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken products recalled by Murry’s Inc. of Lebanon, Pa. for Staphylococcal enterotoxin were sold at Publix stores. Publix shoppers should check their frezerers and discard products included in the recall. Staphylococcal food poisoning occurs when foods contaminated with toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are consumed.  Symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea, can appear within as little as 30 minutes of exposure and last one to three days. The recalled products include 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets,” and 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast," with a "best by" date of August 9, 2015 and the establishment number “P-516” … [Read more...]

Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak Raised Red Flag in MN


When six people in Minnesota developed Salmonella poisoning after eating Antioch Farms frozen raw chicken Kiev, health officials suspected it wasn't a clear-cut case of user error.  Labeling changes for frozen products containing raw meat or poultry enacted in 2008 had completely eliminated outbreaks associated with such products. Then this one came along. Dr. Carlota Medus, epidemiologist for the Foodborne Diseases Unit at Minnesota Department of Health, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that that raised a red flag. Something must have changed with the chicken. As per the 2008 label rule, the packages of chicken Kiev were clearly marked as raw and did not have microwave instructions. During interviews, some patients said they carefully followed cooking instructions.  This could mean that … [Read more...]

Listeria in Raw Milk Prompts Warning From NY Ag Department

E.coli in raw milk sickened 12

Listeria found in raw milk fromRichard Dirie Farm, in Sullivan County New York has prompted a warning from state agricultural officials. Consumers who have purchase raw milk from  located at 1345 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, New York should not drink it. as they risk life-threatening illness if they do. Illnesses had not been reported to the Ag department at the time of the recall, but symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as two months to develop. A sample of the milk, collected by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on October 21, 2014,  tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The farm was notified of the test result onOctober 23, 2014 and volunteered to suspend raw milk sales until the sample results were confirmed. Further lab … [Read more...]

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