May 6, 2015

More E. coli Infections Reported in Whatcom County Fest Outbreak

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Children dominate a growing list of case patients in the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to the 22nd annual Milk Makers Festival in Whatcom County, Washington. According to the county health agency's latest update, 41 people have fallen ill with classic E. coli symptoms after attending the Milk Makers event from schools all over the county. The working total of 41 case patients includes people who got sick after having close contact with a sick attendee. Seven of the 41 victims have been hospitalized, but the county has not said anything about their conditions. "Most of the cases involve children who attended the event,'' said a news release from Whatcom County Health Officer Dr. Greg Stern. "Several older children involved with the event and some adults and close contacts of cases … [Read more...]

Home Canned Potatoes Likely Caused Ohio Church Botulism Outbreak

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Public health officials in Ohio have found that potato salad made from home-canned potatoes likely caused the deadly botulism outbreak at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church potluck on April 19, 2015. As of today, there are 21 confirmed cases of botulism associated with that event. One woman died. There are also ten suspected cases where people are showing symptoms consistent with the illness. Patients have been treated with a botulism antitoxin provided by the CDC. Twelve people are still hospitalized. Improperly canned low-acid foods, such as potatoes, cheese, meat, and vegetables can harbor Clostridium botulism spores. Those spores grow in low-oxygen environments. Canned foods have very little oxygen, which is driven off during the cooking and canning process. It's … [Read more...]

Lawyer Discusses Filing Blue Bell Ice Cream Listeria Lawsuit

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Food Poisoning Bulletin talked to attorney Elliot Olsen, partner at Pritzker Olsen law firm, which underwrites this news site, about the Blue Bell ice cream Listeria monocytogenes outbreak and filing lawsuits. The firm has been contacted by people who were sickened in this outbreak. The CDC states that people have been sickened by Blue Bell products as far back as 2010. We asked Mr. Olsen how this is possible. He said, "Listeriosis is a reportable illness. The Listeria bacteria is genetically fingerprinted in specialized labs known as “PulseNet.”  If no genetic matches to other patients are found, no outbreak is announced. When this current outbreak was suspected, officials looked at the records and found genetic matches in PulseNet that added six cases, from 2010 to 2014, to the … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Recalls ALL Ice Cream Products: More Listeria

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Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its ice cream products today after two more samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The company issued the recall today on its web site. The recall covers ice cream made at all of its facilities. The recall is for all Blue Bell ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks currently for sale. The products are distributed to retail outlets, food service accounts, convenience stores, and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and international locations. An enhanced sampling program that was initiated by Blue … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Canada: Leafy Greens a Possibility

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An E. coli outbreak in Canada has sickened at least 12 people. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, a specific product hasn't been identified as the case of the illnesses, but leafy greens are considered a strong possibility. Those sickened live in: Alberta (9), Saskatchewan (1), Ontario (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). The illness onset dates range from March 13 to March 31, 2015. All of those people are sick with E. coli that have a matching genetic fingerprint. Leafy greens are a possibility and may include kale, spinach, arugula, or chard. Public health officials in Canada are investigating this outbreak and will announce a source when it has been identified. Whenever there is an outbreak in Canada or the United States, there are sometimes cases in the other … [Read more...]

Windmill Winery AZ Salmonella Outbreak: 38 Sick

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The Salmonella outbreak at Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona has now sickened at least 38 people, according to Pinal County public health officials. The outbreak is linked to two events held at that venue on March 18 and 19, 2015. At least four people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. The catering operation, called Kiss the Chef, Catering, that provided the food was operating illegally, according to authorities. Thomas Schyer, director of the Pinal County Public Health Services District said, "the kitchen was not authorized to be cooked in." In addition, the winery operators had exceeded their legally allowable level of food preparation. Schyer continued, "all are serious violations of the Pinal County Environmental Health Code and Arizona state statute." The … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Timeline


The Blue Bell Listeria outbreak has sickened at least eight people in two states since 2011. All of them were hospital patients who were served contaminated ice cream during their stays. Three people have died. The rarity of the outbreak strains is now playing a key role in helping health officials identify clusters of illness that may be associated with the ice cream. Those at highest risk for Listeria infection are children, seniors, the immune-compromised and pregnant women. Among pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. “When a company provides food to hospitals and nursing homes, the safety standards must be higher, especially when it comes to a pathogen like Listeria," said Brendan Flaherty, a food safety attorney with the law firm of PritzkerOlsen, who is … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Grows to Eight Sick

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The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream has grown to include eight sick in two states, according to the CDC. The outbreak consists of two clusters involving people sickened with this pathogenic bacteria: one in Kansas, with five sick, and one in Texas, with three sick. This complicated outbreak has occurred over an extended period of time. Three people have died in this outbreak. Recent testing of product samples from the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Blue Bell facility found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a product sold to retail customers that were not included in the previous two recalls, including a pint of banana pudding ice cream. The government recommends that consumers not eat ANY Blue Bell products made at the Oklahoma facility, and don't … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Blue Bell Creameries Ice Cream Listeria Outbreak

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The CDC has updated their investigation of the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in Kansas linked to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream products. The notice states, "based on the information CDC has at this time, we recommend that consumers do not eat any Blue Bell Brand products made at the Oklahoma production facility [in Broken Arrow] and that retailers and institutions do not sell or serve them." Five people have been sickened in this outbreak, and three have died. All five people were hospitalized for unrelated illnesses, and were served the ice cream while at the Via Christi hospital in Wichita, Kansas. The Kansas outbreak is linked to products made at the Blue Bell plant in Brenham, Texas. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has won millions for people sickened in such outbreaks, said, … [Read more...]

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...]

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