October 6, 2015

As Salmonella Outbreak Grows, Aspen Foods Recalls More Breaded Chicken


Chicken Kiev, Chicken and Broccoli and Chicken Cordon Bleu are being recalled by Aspen Foods of Chicago after more Salmonella illnesses were linked to the products. The recall follows one issued July 15 after a Salmonella outbreak linked to the products, which has now sickened five people, was first announced.   The recalled products have the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced between August 25, 2015 and September 17, 2015 with “best if used by” dates of August 23, 2016 to December 15, 2016. They were sold under a variety of brand names including Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway … [Read more...]

Chicken Entrees Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold at These Stores

Antioch Farms Recalled Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has released a list of stores where frozen chicken entrees, which have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak, were sold. The list is 60 pages long. The raw, breaded frozen chicken entrees made by Aspen Foods and sold under a number of brand names have sickened five people in Minnesota. They were sold at Aldi, Food Lion, Kroger, Safeway, Save-a-Lot, and Walmart stores nationwide and dozens of other stores in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The breaded chicken items were labeled as “chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev” or “chicken broccoli and cheese” and have the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sold under the brand names Acclaim, Antioch … [Read more...]

Rare Salmonella Strain Strikes Patients at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital


A rare strain of Salmonella has sickened 14 patients at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Health officials say the outbreak strain Salmonella Isangi has only been reported four times within the last five years in Michigan, according to the state health department. Hospitals officials said in a statement to local media that they did not believe the outbreak was caused by contaminated food. So how did they get a foodborne illness? Health officials are looking at what procedures the patients received, where they stayed within the hospital and who had contact with them while they were there. Salmonellosis is considered a foodborne illness because Salmonella bacteria are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning that fecal matter containing the bacteria is ingested. If the food … [Read more...]

What’s the Source of the Salmonella Thompson Outbreak In North Dakota?

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North Dakota health officials are searching for the source of a Salmonella Thompson outbreak that has sickened 21 people since late July. Fourteen of the cases are from Ward County which includes the City of Minot and is located in the northwest part of the state. Others who are not from Ward County reported traveling there before becoming ill.  Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, nausea, abdominal pain or cramps and diarrhea that can be watery or bloody. These symptoms usually develop between six and 72 hours of exposure and last about a week.  However, it can take several months for bowel habits to return to normal. Salmonella can also have long-term health effects. After initial symptoms resolve, a small number of people develop reactive arthritis which causes eye … [Read more...]

Vibrio Outbreak Closes Massachusetts Oyster Beds

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A Massachusetts Vibrio outbreak has prompted the temporary closure of oyster beds in Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay, Bluefish River, Back River, and Plymouth Harbor. Those beds will be closed until October 8 unless more illnesses are reported. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) announced the closures after six illnesses were reported. That number of illnesses triggers the federally mandated 14-day closure, state health officials said. During the closure, harvesting or possessing oysters from harvest areas CCB-42, CCB-43, CCB-45, CCB-46, and CCB-47 is prohibited. Commercial oyster beds are scheduled to reopen at sunrise on October 8, 2015 if no other illnesses reported. If illnesses are … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Aspen Chicken Grows


A Salmonella outbreak linked raw, frozen breaded chicken products from Aspen Foods has sickened five people in Minnesota hospitalizing two of them. The company, which has been linked to other Salmonella outbreaks, has a systemic Salmonella problem, the USDA said two weeks ago. The current outbreak, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June, followed another Salmonella outbreak linked to the same products a year earlier. Between August 17, 2014 and September 27, 2014 six people in Minnesota got Salmonella infections from Antioch Farms brand frozen, raw Chicken Kiev produced at the Aspen Foods facility in Chicago. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health said that during interviews with case patients they learned that some of them followed … [Read more...]

Salmonella Sickens 14 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit


At least 14 patients at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit were diagnosed with Salmonella infections last week. While hospital staff members try to find out how the outbreak occurred, seven people remain hospitalized. Hospitals officials said in a statement to local media that they did not believe the outbreak was caused by contaminated food. So how did they get a foodborne illness? Salmonellosis is considered a foodborne illness because Salmonella bacteria are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning that fecal matter containing the bacteria is ingested. If the food itself was not contaminated that leaves four possibilities. One, a hospital employee who is a food handler showed up for work with a Salmonella infection, used the bathroom, did not wash hands properly and … [Read more...]

After Horses Die, Western Milling Issues Feed Recall


Western Milling of Goshen, Calif. is recalling 50 lb bags of Western Blend horse feed LOT 5251, manufactured on September 8, 2015. Some horses have died. The recalled bags have the lot number 5251. The recalled feed was distributed in September, 2015 to stores in California and Arizona. All stores where the bags were sold have been notified. Of the 1,100 bags being recalled, all but 67 bags have already been reclaimed by the company. This recall was initiated after Western Milling learned an ingredient in the feed in question may contain monensin, an ionophore. Ionophore poisoning can cause illness and death. Symptoms include poor appetite, refusal to eat the product,  diarrhea, weakness, rapid heart rate, labored breathing, decreased exercise tolerance, depression, wobbly gait, … [Read more...]

E. coli Evolved to Become Deadly 30 Years Ago, New Study Finds

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E. coli O157:H7 evolved to become deadly 30 years ago, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England. The study explains why deadly outbreaks of began in the 1980s and demonstrates why the bacteria should be monitored closely, researchers say, E.coli bacteria have been living  in the intestines of people and animals for at least 175 years. Most strains are harmless. But some, such as of E. coli O157:H7, produce shiga-toxins, which cause serious infections in humans. Of the two types of these shiga-toxins they identified,  stx1 and stx2a, researchers day stx2a causes the most serious illnesses. Although the show no signs of the disease, cows are the main source of E. coli O157. Animals infected with strains producing the stx2a … [Read more...]

Idaho Unaware of Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak, Health Officials

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Most people in Idaho are unaware that the state is part of the deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers that has sickened 558 people in 33 states, state health officials worry. Twenty-one Idaho residents have been diagnosed with salmonellosis from contaminated cucumbers. Three strains of Salmonella Poona have been identified with this outbreak. The 21 case patients, who range in age from 2 to 86,  became ill between Aug. 3rd and Sept. 7. Three of them were hospitalized but have recovered. “We are concerned that not all Idahoans are aware of the recall and may have recently eaten or still have cucumbers involved with the outbreak in their homes,” said Dr. Christine Hahn, Idaho Public Health medical director wrote in entry of the health department's blog. “If anyone has eaten … [Read more...]

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