April 16, 2014

Possible Food Poisoning Outbreak in Mount Vernon, Illinois


A possible food poisoning outbreak in Mount Vernon in southern Illinois has sickened several people and hospitalized two people. A news report published in the Mount Vernon Register News. The Jefferson County Health Department is investigating. Apparently people started getting sick on April 6, 2014, although the illnesses were not reported until April 9. Public health officials will not say where the people who were sickened ate. We don't know if the outbreak started at a private event or a restaurant. There are 22 people who are part of the investigation, although some of them did not become ill. One patient told the Register News that they ate at the Holiday Inn before becoming ill. Food served there was prepared by a local restaurant. By the time the illnesses were reported, food … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak from Imported Cucumbers Sickened 84


A Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico that sickened 84 people in 2013 ended one year ago. The outbreak, which began in January 2013 and ended in April 2013 sickened 84 people in 18 states. Seventeen people were hospitalized. Although about 1.3 million Americans contract Salmonella infections every year, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul was one rarely seen in the U.S. with less than five cases reported annually. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, diarrhea, and vomiting can last up to 10 days. But long-term health problems, such as reactive arthritis, inflammation of the heart, spine, tendons and eye membranes can also stem from these infections. Public health investigators, who used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to … [Read more...]

Roos Listeria Outbreak in Maryland Only the Latest From Queso

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Cheese Listeria outbreaks, including the FDA's ongoing legal case against Roos Foods for food poisoning in Maryland and California, have resulted in six U.S. deaths in the past 18 months and 35 hospitalizations, federal food safety reports indicate. The trend, in which three out of the past four national Listeria outbreaks have been linked to soft cheeses, provides public health agencies further confirmation that Mexican style cheese and other soft cheese products are foods to avoid if you are pregnant or in any other well-defined group at higher risk for contracting Listeriosis. The CDC said two mothers and three newborns are among those injured in the Listeria outbreak that the government has linked to Delaware-based Roos Foods, maker of brands like Mexicana and Santa Rosa de Lima. A … [Read more...]

Listeria in Roos Cheese An Outrage to Food Safety Advocates

Roos Foods Lawsuit

Seven Hispanic families in Maryland and one in California have Listeria food poisoning lawsuits to consider in the wake of a fatal disease outbreak that was attributed by federal authorities to heavy bacterial contamination, deplorable manufacturing conditions and food safety violations at Delaware-based Roos Foods Inc. It's been one month since FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., ordered the suspension of Roos Foods' Food Facility Registration as a result of clear findings by investigators laid out in the commissioner's written FDA order. Soft cheeses and other dairy products made by Roos Foods and distributed in Latin stores and supermarkets on the East Coast and California killed a consumer in California and infected seven other people in Maryland, including babies. The … [Read more...]

Bonicki’s Outbreak Caused by Clostridium Perfringens

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The foodborne illness outbreak at Bonicki's Sports Bistro at 1891 East Apple Avenue in Muskegon, Michigan was caused by Clostridium perfringens bacteria in improperly stored food, according to Public Health - Muskegon County. People started getting ill after eating at the restaurant in early April.  The restaurant is open for business. Clostridium perfringens is found in soil, sediment, and the intestines of people and animals. The bacteria grows when foods are served after improper storage or held at inadequate storage temperatures. C. perfringens poisoning is one of the most commonly reported foodborne illnesses in the United States. At least six people who ate at the restaurant between April 3 and April 6, 2014 were sickened. Those sickened experienced symptoms of abdominal … [Read more...]

Outbreak at 9Health Fair in Colorado


The Rio Grande County Public Health Department says a food poisoning outbreak has occurred among attendees at the 9Health Fair in Monte Visto, Colorado, on April 5, 2014. The food was supplied by the Kiwanis Club, according to 9News. Public health officials are investigating the outbreak to try to determine the cause. Samples have been taken and were sent to the state laboratory. Results are expected early next week. About 30 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including participants and volunteers at the event. The illnesses appear to be contained to people who attended the health fair. There is no word on the symptoms people are experiencing. When the results come back, the public will be informed. The people who were in charge of the fair will be given information about … [Read more...]

Update on Hepatitis A Exposure at NC Papa John’s Pizza


The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, North Carolina has updated information about the possible hepatitis A exposure at the Papa John's Pizza restaurant. The restaurant is located at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, Suite B in Charlotte, NC. Anyone who visited that restaurant between March 24 and April 7, 2014 may have been exposed to the virus. A hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is necessary for anyone who visited the restaurant. If you ate food from this location from March 24 to March 27, 2014, a vaccination would not work because it has been more than two weeks since your exposure; monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A and see your doctor if you get sick. The symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea, diarrhea, light-colored stool, dark-colored … [Read more...]

MN Old Country Buffet Outbreak Source Contaminated Rolls

Dinner Roll Old Country Buffet Salmonella Outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health has determined that the Salmonella outbreak that sickened people who ate at the Old Country Buffet diner in Maple Grove was caused by contaminated dinner rolls. The bread was cross-contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis from raw chicken. That outbreak sickened at least 36 people in February 2014. One person was hospitalized in this outbreak. People who got sick ate at the restaurant between January 11 and February 11, 2014. Most of the illnesses took place among those who ate there on January 25, 104. Cross-contamination is often the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If proper food safety rules are not followed, such as thorough hand-washing after handling raw meats, separating cooked and uncooked foods, and washing utensils and surfaces … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak in Hartford County MD


Health officials in Hartford County, MD have determined that a food poisoning outbreak in mid-March was caused by norovirus.  The county health department received dozens of reports of illness with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Some of those who became ill after eating at a restaurant submitted stool samples for lab testing. Results from those tests did not reveal a bacterial source for the infection such as Salmonella, E.coli or Campylobacter, a health department spokesman said. Highly contagious norovirus accounts for about half of all food poisoning outbreaks. Often a sick food handler or is involved, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People who have been sick with norovirus can transmit the virus for up to three days after symptoms … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Papa John’s in Charlotte, NC


The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County in North Carolina has issued an emergency alert about a possible hepatitis A exposure at the Papa John's Restaurant at the Cambridge Commons location in Charlotte. A worker has been diagnosed with the disease. The store is close to the Cabarrus County line, so residents of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties are most likely affected. Exposure may have occurred in people who bought and ate food from this restaurant between March 24 and April 7, 2014. If you did purchase and eat food from that location, you must get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination by today, April 11, 2014 if you were at the restaurant on March 28. The vaccine is only effective if it is given within two weeks of exposure. If you have had a hepatitis A vaccine, or … [Read more...]

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