March 28, 2015

Claravale Raw Milk May be Associated with Campylobacter Outbreak

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The California Department of Public Health warned consumers that consumption of unpasteurized (raw) milk may cause serious illness. Six people in northern California have been diagnosed with campylobacteriosis, a serious infection caused by Campylobacter bacteria. Multiple bottles of raw milk from Claravale Farm have tested positive for Campylobacter and have been recalled. In 2012, raw milk from Claravale farm sickened at least 22 people with Campylobacter. In this latest recall, raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream from Claravale Farm in San Benito county with code dates of "MAR 28 and earlier should be disposed. Retailers should not sell it, and consumers should not drink it. The symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include diarrhea that is often bloody, abdominal cramping and … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Recalls More Ice Cream for Possible Listeria

Blue Bell Ice Cream Cups Listeria Recall

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling 3 ounce institutional/food service ice cream cups because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. That brand's ice cream is linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak in Wichita, Kansas. Five people were sickened and three died after being served Blue Bell ice cream at the Via Christi hospital in Wichita. On March 22, 2015, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for Listeria monocytogenes on a chocolate ice cream cup taken from a hospital in Wichita, Kansas. This cup was produced in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma plant on April 15, 2014. This is a different facility from the one in Brenham, Texas, that produced the ice cream linked to the Kansas outbreak. These products were sold in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, … [Read more...]

Claravale Raw Milk Recalled for Campylobacter; Outbreak Possible

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The California Department of Public Health is recalling raw milk, raw nonfat milk, and raw cream produced by Claravale Farm of San Benito County. This farm was the source of a Campylobacter outbreak in 2012 that sickened at least 22 people. Public health officials are also investigating reported clusters of Campylobacter illness in the area. A statewide recall has been issued and a quarantine order was issued by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. A confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria was found in raw milk and raw cream collected from the farm. Consumers are urged to throw away any of this farm's milk products in their refrigerators that have code dates of "MAR 28" and earlier. Discard in sealed containers so other people and animals can't drink it. The samples … [Read more...]

Listeria In Blue Bell Ice Cream Kills 3 Sickens 2 More at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita

Blue Bell Listeria

A Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream served to patients at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita has killed three people and sickened two others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Between January 2014 and January 2015, five patients hospitalized for unrelated causes all contracted listeriosis. Four of those sickened were able to provide a food history and all of them reported having milkshakes made with Blue Bell “Scoops,” a single serving product, while they were in the hospital. Cultures from those patients were positive for four strains of Listeria. Tests on Blue Bell ice cream obtained in South Carolina and Texas in 2015 yielded three strains that matched those isolated from patients. The … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at X10 Restaurant in Dalhart TX Sickens 64

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The Texas State Health Department states that there are 64 confirmed cases of Salmonella food poisoning in Dalhart, most from the X10 Texas Wood Fired Grill restaurant (otherwise known as 10 in Texas). Twelve additional cases have been reported since the restaurant voluntarily closed after illnesses were reported. Food poisoning attorney Fred Pritzker, who underwrites Food Poisoning Bulletin and has won millions for injured clients, said, "most large food poisoning outbreaks are tied to restaurants. Unfortunately, many food workers do not get paid sick leave and are not properly trained in food safety skills by management. Outbreaks such as this one are not uncommon." Another full inspection has been conducted by public health officials since the outbreak was first announced. The … [Read more...]

Parents Need to Know the Signs of an E. coli Infection

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Parents are responsible for their children's health. This can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with a little knowledge you can make sure your child gets the best possible care if he gets sick. Food poisoning is quite common in the United States and around the world. One out of every six people in this country will contract food poisoning this year. Most people think of these infections as the "24 hour flu" and most get better without medical treatment. But thousands get sick enough to be hospitalized, and thousands die from their infections. There are several different kinds of bacteria that cause these illnesses: Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and E. coli. E. coli O157:H7 and other strains of E. coli can cause serious illness, especially in children. These … [Read more...]

Dalhart X10 Steakhouse Salmonella Cases Double, 59 Now Sick

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Salmonella has sickened 59 people in Dalhart, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the panhandle. At least 52 of those cases have been linked to the X10 in Texas Woodfire Grill Steakhouse. The total number of cases has doubled since the outbreak was announced one week ago. The popular restaurant, located about 90 miles northwest of Amarillo, voluntarily closed for a cleaning after the initial 30 cases were reported and was cleared by the health department to reopen. Health authorities say no new cases occurred after the cleaning.Health authorities are still investigating the outbreak and  trying to determine its source. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and include headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at X10 Woodfire Steakhouse in TX

Salmonella

According to Carrie Williams, Director of Media Relations at the Texas Department of State Health Services, at least 30 people are sick with Salmonella infections in connection with the X10 Woodfire Steakhouse Restaurant in Dalhart. The restaurant closed voluntarily the week of February 9, 2015 and was sanitized. It has since been cleared for reopening. Anyone who ate at that restaurant and experienced the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool, should contact their doctor. Long term complications of a Salmonella infection, even after recovery, can be severe, including reactive arthritis. Ask for a stool sample test that should be examined for Salmonella. Attorney Fred … [Read more...]

CDC Study: Increase in Raw Milk Food Poisoning Outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new study in Emerging Infectious Diseases stating that the number of food poisoning outbreaks in the United States caused by raw (unpasteurized) milk increased from 30 in 2007 - 2009 to 51 in 2010 - 2012. Most of the outbreaks were caused by Campylobacter bacteria, and most occurred in states where the sale of raw milk is legal. Most worryingly, this increase in outbreaks happened at the same time there was a decline in the number of states where raw milk sales are legal, from 28 in 2004 to 20 in 2011. A food poisoning outbreak is defined as two or more cases of a similar illness resulting from eating a common food. The outbreaks caused by raw milk resulted in 979 illness and 73 hospitalizations. The bacteria responsible … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples made from Bidart Brothers apples. The outbreak appears to be over, but the recalled products may still be in consumers' homes. Even if you froze these products, discard them, since Listeria can grow at freezer temperatures. In all, 35 people in 12 states were sickened in this outbreak. There were seven deaths and 34 hospitalizations. Listeriosis contributed to at least three of the seven deaths. Eleven illnesses were pregnancy-related; one illness resulted in a fetal loss. Three children developed Listeria meningitis, a serious complication of this infection. In addition, two people in Canada were sickened … [Read more...]

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