August 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Recall

Salmonella Outbreak linked to recalled peanut butter

A peanut butter Salmonella outbreak has been linked to peanut butter made by nSpired Natural Foods and sold under brand names including Arrowhead Mills, MaraNathha, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Walmart , Safeway and Kroger and other stores, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people in four states have been sickened, one person has been hospitalized. Health officials used pulsed field gel electrophoresis and whole genome sequencing tests to identify the outbreak strain, Salmonella Braenderup, in the four patients and in environmental samples collected from inspections at nSpired Natural Foods  in January and July 2014. The four case patients, from Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee,  and Texas, reported onset of illness dates ranging from January 22, 2014, … [Read more...]

Cyclsospora Sickens Dozens in NY

Cyclospora outbreak in NY

Dozens of New Yorkers have contracted parasitic infections this summer from contaminated food. At least 29 cases of cyclospora infection have been reported in New York since June.  Nineteen of the cases were reported in the city, 10 throughout the rest of the state. Other states have also reported spikes in cases of cyclosporiasis, the infection caused by cyclospora, a rare parasite normally associated with travel to tropical regions. Since June, roughly 300 cases of cyclosporiasishave been reported from more than a dozen states including Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas and Washington.  Health authorities have not yet identified a food source in any of the affected states, nor have they been able to … [Read more...]

Pet Lizards Sicken 166 With Rare Salmonella Strains

Salmonella Outbreak Bearded Dragons

A Salmonella outbreak linked to pet bearded dragons has ended after sickening 166 people in 36 states, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At least 44 people were hospitalized. Bearded dragons are lizards native to Australia. Their unusual look and bright color have made them popular pets. The outbreak strains, Salmonella Cotham and Salmonella Kisarawe, are extremely rare. Since 1963,  just 0.01 percent of all human isolates in the U.S. have been Salmonella Cotham, according to the CDC. That works out to about 25 cases annually. Salmonella Kisarawe is also rarely reported. Salmonella can cause serious illnesses. Symptoms generally appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and can last up to a week. In this outbreak, onset of illness … [Read more...]

E. coli Sickens 122 in Alberta

E. coli Bacteria

At least 122 people in Alberta have contracted E.coli O157:H7, infections during the last month, according to the Canadian Press. There are 59 confirmed cases in Calgary, 48 in Edmonton, seven in the South,  six in the North and two the Central zone. Health authorities have not yet determined the source of the outbreak. Sprouts have been mentioned as possible source. Some of the case patients who were hospitalized earlier this month told investigators they ate fresh bean sprouts prior to becoming ill. E.coli can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening illness. Abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody are the main symptoms. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. Canadian health officials remind consumers that ground beef should be cooked to an … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Recall at Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Kroger

peanut butter salmonella recall Whole Foods Trader Joe's Walmart

Peanut butter and almond butter recalled for possible Salmonella contamination was sold under a variety of band names at retail stores including Walmart, Whole Foods, Safeway, Kroger and Trader Joe's. Some of the brand names included in the recall are Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatMara, Kroger No Stir Creamy Almond Butter, Safeway Open Nature Almond Butter, Trader Joe's Crunchy Raw Almond Butter, Trader Joe's Creamy Raw Almond Butter, Whole Foods 365 Creamy Roasted Almond Butter, Whole Foods 365 Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter and Whole Foods 365 Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter. To see the full list of recalled products click here. The recalled nut butters were made by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. and distributed throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Peanut Butter, Almond Butter Recall, Illnesses Reported


Peanut Butter and almond butters are being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination. Four illnesses have beeb reported. nSpired Natural Foods Inc., made the nut butters which were sold under a variety of brand names including Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters,  Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods  365. The products were distributed in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic. The were also sold over the internet. To view a complete list of recalled products click the link above. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who contract Salmonella infections have symptoms such as fever, diarrhea that can be … [Read more...]

CDC Mum on Hundreds of Cyclospora Infections

Cyclospora sickens 300 in more than a dozen states

Cyclospora, a parasite associated with travel to tropical climates, typically sickens about 150 Americans each year. So, last summer when spikes in cases began appearing, health officials took note. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was not the first to report the 2013 outbreaks, which eventually sickened 631 people in 25 states. The agency lagged weeks behind various state health departments and media outlets in its announcement of the outbreaks. Deja vu when cyclospora cases began to spike again this summer. Only this time the agency’s silence can be measured in months, not weeks. The CDC has not made an announcement about the outbreak and has not responded to an inquiry made by Food Poisoning Bulletin two weeks ago to determine what, if any, role it is playing in … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses in MA Investigated by State, Federal Authorities

E. coli ground beef recall

Health officials in Massachusetts are working with federal authorities to investigate the source of three cases of E. coli poisoning that occurred in June.  Results from lab tests last week showed a link between the cases, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Little is known about the three patients who were diagnosed in June with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Health authorities are not releasing information such as the age, gender, or county of residence of any of the cases patients. Nor have they disclosed if any of those who were sickened required hospitalization. Symptoms of and E. coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody and abdominal cramping. Some patients with E.coli infections develop a condition called hemolytic … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak is 4th in 4 Years for Mail Order Hatchery

Mt Healthy Hatchery Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 300 people in 42 states and Puerto Rico is the fourth in four years to be linked to Mt. Healthy Hatcheries, a mail order hatchery in Ohio. In each of the outbreaks, many of those sickened have been children under ten.  Two people died. All of the outbreaks included multiple strains. An all of them had large numbers of sick children. So far, seven strains of Salmonella have been identified in outbreaks linked to the mail order chicks and ducks. The current outbreak has three strains:  Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hadar. About 37 percent of the cases are children or younger. In 2013, 158 people in 30 states were sickened by four strains: Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Lille, Salmonella Newport and … [Read more...]

FoodBorne Chicago Uses Twitter to Track Illness, Find Offenders


Can Twitter be used to identify sources of food poisoning ? FoodBorne Chicago, found success with a trial run and now Boston and New York are considering similar programs. FoodBorne Chicago is a project of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization with the goal of using technology to improve the lives. Using an algorithm, FoodBorne Chicago tracked tweets originating from the Chicago area that mentioned food poisoning. During the 10-month study period, March 2013–January 2014,  2,241 tweets mentioning food poisoning originated from the Chicago metropolitan area. Of those, 270 described specific instances of food poisoning, eight of whom said they sought medical attention. Project staffers replied to these tweets saying "Help us prevent this and report where you ate here … [Read more...]

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