February 11, 2016

California Confirms E. coli Outbreak Linked to Organic Pastures Raw Milk

The California Department of Public Health has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that there is an E. coli O157 outbreak linked to recalled Organic Pastures raw milk. Via email, they said "there is an outbreak, and as of February 8, 2016, six children with a unique strain of shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 have been identified; of all of these six children, four have reported drinking Organic Pastures raw milk before they got sick." All six illnesses occurred in January 2016. Public health officials are investigating the dairy and that investigation is ongoing. CDPH's Food and Drug Branch (FDB) has "collected a number of samples from the marketplace, which are currently undergoing laboratory evaluation," according to the communication. The recalled product is Organic Pastures … [Read more...]

After Listeria Recall, NJ Discount Grocery Still Sold Dole Salad

Dole salads linked to a Listeria outbreak were supposed to have been removed from all store shelves January, 21, but at least one discount grocery store in New Jersey was still selling them on February 1, 2016, Food Poisoning Bulletin learned yesterday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was notified of the problem last night. An alert reader contacted Food Poisoning Bulletin yesterday after having second thoughts about the salad purchased on a February 1 shopping trip to the discount grocery store. While at the store, the customer noticed the product code on the salads began with the letter "A" indicating that they were part of the recall. When asked about it, a store manager incorrectly told the customer that the salads were not part of the recall. They are. Photographs of … [Read more...]

CDC Investigates RAW Meal Organic Shake Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC is investigating the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Virchow linked to RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement Products. Evidence available suggests that those products, manufactured by Garden of Life LLC of Florida, are the likely source of this outbreak. At least 11 people in 9 states are sickened in this outbreak, and one person has been hospitalized as of February 1, 2016. No deaths have been reported. Of 10 people interviewed, 100% reported consuming powdered supplements or meal replacement powders the week before they got sick, and all specifically reported consuming Garden of Life RAW Meal products. The outbreak case count by state is: Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), and Wisconsin … [Read more...]

CDC Declares Chipotle E. coli O26 Outbreaks Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the two outbreaks of E. coli O26 infections linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants over. The most recent illness reported started two months ago, on December 1, 2015. At least 60 people in 14 states were sickened in this outbreak. There were no deaths, and 22 people were hospitalized. The first outbreak, which sickened at least 55 people, was detected by officials in Washington and Oregon in late October 2015, and gradually spread to other states around the country. The final case count by state for the larger outbreak is: California (3), Delaware (1), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (2), and Washington (27).  The illnesses in this … [Read more...]

7 State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Garden of Life Shake Mixes

Garden of Life meal replacement shake mixes have been identified as the source of a seven-state Salmonella Virchow outbreak, according to the Minnesota Department of Health Announced yesterday. At least eight people have been sickened. Because many cases of Salmonella infection are not reported, the number is likely to be much higher.  Minnesota health officials said they wanted to "bring this outbreak to the attention of people who have become ill with symptoms of salmonellosis but who have not yet consulted a health care provider. These people should mention this outbreak to their health care provider should they consult one." In Minnesota, where between 700 and 900 cases of salmonellosis are reported annually, two cases  have been reported since Monday, January 11. One case was a … [Read more...]

Dole Listeria Outbreak Sickens 15 in 8 States

The Listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads has expanded to include 15 people in eight states, according to an update on the investigation released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. All 15 people were hospitalized. In the U.S., the most recent illness was diagnosed January 3. Salads made at the Dole facility linked to this outbreak were not removed from the market until January 22. The salads were sold under the following names: Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice. The manufacturing code found underneath the “enjoy by” date of potentially affected salads begins with the letter “A.” They were sold at Giant, Kroger, ALDI, Price Chopper, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Schnucks, Meijer, ShopRite, … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers

It has been more than two months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to imported cucumbers. Since that last update on November 19, 2015, 50 more ill persons have been reported from 16 states. And two more people in California have died, making the total number of deaths in this outbreak six, even though the Salmonella infection was not a "contributing factor" in those two deaths. The number of illnesses has declined substantially since the peak in August and September, but the number of Salmonella illnesses reported every month should be about 1, not 25. Of the 38 ill persons recently sickened, 24 were interviewed. Twenty-four, or 63% of them, reported eating cucumbers the week before they got sick. And since … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Alleges Chipotle Tried To Cover Up Outbreak

A lawsuit against Chipotle this week alleges employees tried to cover up a Norovirus outbreak that occurred at a Simi Valley, California location in August. The suit was filed in the Central District of California Western Divison, case number 2:16-cv-00399-PA. The suit stems from a norovirus outbreak that occurred at the location in August 2015, the same month a Minnesota Salmonella outbreak sickened 64 people who ate at 22 Chipotle locations. And one month after an E. coli outbreak, that was not disclosed at the time, sickened five people in the Seattle area. Norovirus, formerly called Norwalk virus, is highly contagious. It causes vomiting and diarrhea. Plaintiffs include seven minors and one adult who were all sick for two days with vomiting and diarrhea. One of them, who was … [Read more...]

CDC: Jem Nutter Butter Salmonella Outbreak Ends

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Jem brand nut butters has ended after sickening 13 people in 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recall was issued for the products which were linked to illnesses from July 2015 to November 2015. Because these products have long shelf lives, the CDC encourages consumers to check recall information. The CDC worked with state health officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) infections. The unusually named strain, which used to be known as Salmonella Java, does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever. But it does cause illness. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually appear with … [Read more...]

Chipotle Confident E. coli Outbreak is Over, Food Safety Problems are History

Chipotle leadership is confident that the E. coli outbreak linked to food served at its restaurants in nine states is over and that its food safety problems are history. Chipotle CEO Steve Ells spoke at the ICR Investor Conference in Orlando, Fla. yesterday. "We are all very confident that this E. coli outbreak would not happen again," he said. The outbreak, which has sickened 53 people in nine states, has not yet been declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which last issued an update on its investigation on December 21, 2015. But Ells thinks the agency will make and announcement soon and the company can move forward in the new year with a new food safety program that will ensure it never has another year like 2015. During 2015, the company was … [Read more...]

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