February 9, 2016

Congresswoman DeLauro Concerned About Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) wrote a letter dated February 5, 2106 to the acting commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Stephen Ostroff, about the ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported cucumbers. Food Poisoning Bulletin told you two weeks ago that the CDC had updated their investigation into the outbreak and stated that 50 more ill persons had been sickened in the last two months. The continuation of the outbreak is puzzling, since the cucumbers in question were recalled in September 2015 and the vegetable does not have a long shelf life. The letter expresses DeLauro's concerns about the outbreak, and states that "this is a public health crisis." She adds that the FDA "needs to do everything within its power to expeditiously identify the ongoing source of … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Estill County, Kentucky

The Estill County Health Department is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in that area that has sickened at least 41 people. Nineteen of those people have been confirmed as having a Salmonella infection. Six of those patients, including at least one child, have been hospitalized, and three are currently still in the hospital. The Estill County Health Department is working with the Kentucky Health Department to try to discover the source of the outbreak. Isolates from patients are going to be tested with pulsed field-gel-electrophoresis to determine the DNA of the outbreak strain and where it came from. The Environmental Program Director at the Estill County Health Department, Kenny Cole, told Lex18.com that "all of the 19 positive cases, the one thing they do have in common, they had … [Read more...]

Kansas Asking New Theatre Norovirus Patrons to Fill Out Questionnaire

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating a norovirus outbreak among people who attended the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas and is asking patrons of that facility to fill out an online questionnaire. They would like all people who have attended the theatre since Friday, January 15, 2016 to respond to help determine the cause of illness. They want to collect information from people who were sickened and those who did not become ill. Participation is voluntary, and any information provided is completely confidential. If you have already filled out the survey when it requested information from people who attended the facility later than that date, please fill it out again. If you have been interviewed by telephone, you do not need to fill out the … [Read more...]

Dole Salads, 4 Listeria Recalls, in 4 Years and 1 for Salmonella

Since 2012, salads made by Dole have been recalled for Listeria four times and for Salmonella once. The current recall, for all salads with product codes beginning with the letter “A”, sold under the following names: Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice. The letter "A' in the product code currently indicates that the salads were made at the company's plant in Springfield, Ohio which has been closed for two weeks. Tests performed in November 2015 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Consumer Protection Laboratory, confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a bag of salad produced at the plant. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have performed tests confirming that the strain in … [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...]

Don’t Eat Dole Salads with an “A” Code!

The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has worried many consumers. The FDA has listed states where the recalled salads were sold, but that's not the whole story. It's important to note that the most important factor in this outbreak is where the salads were produced, not where they are being sold. Any salad that has the letter "A" at the start of the manufacturing code, which is a list of numbers stamped onto each product, was produced in the Springfield, Ohio that is part of the recall. Please look through your refrigerator and see if you have purchased any Dole prepackaged salad or greens product that has that code. There is no end date on the recalled products. If you do have some in your home, throw away the product in a sealed container and clean the fridge with a mild bleach … [Read more...]

How Were Garden of Life RAW Products Contaminated?

A Salmonella Virchow outbreak linked to Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal shakes and meal replacement products has sickened at least 11 people in 9 states. This product is used by bodybuilders and as a probiotic supplement. Meal replacements are also used by people who are having gastrointestinal problems, by those who are sensitive to milk and whey, and as a "detox." So how does a product like this become contaminated with Salmonella bacteria? The company has released a statement saying that all of its products tested negative for bacteria before they were shipped. Unfortunately, there is no way to test every single teaspoon or milliliter of this or any product. Salmonella bacteria can live in clumps and may have been in some of the product that escaped testing. The RAW products are … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak at New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas

A norovirus outbreak at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, KS has sickened 600 people, according to the Kansas Department of  Health. The outbreak occurred between Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Health department officials are working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to investigate the outbreak. On Friday, January 29, health officials spent time training the staff about food safety, overseeing cleanup and observing food safety practices.  The restaurant later hired a private firm to clean the entire facility with an "EPA-registered disinfectant, which kills norovirus and is safe for food establishments," according to the health department. Spread through person-to-person … [Read more...]

FDA Lists Salads Recalled in Dole Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The FDA has listed salad products that have been recalled in the ongoing Dole prepackaged salad Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. This list of salads is not necessarily complete. Consumers need to know that any salads that have a manufacturing code beginning with the letter "A" were produced at the Dole plant in Ohio and have been recalled. The types of salad blends produced at the Springfield Ohio plane include American salads, arugula salads, Asian salads, bacon and bleu cheese salads, BBQ Ranch salads, Caesar salads, chipotle and cheddar salads, coleslaw, field green salads, and garden salads. They also include iceberg salads, Italian blend salads, kale salads, lettuce salads, Mediterranean salads, romaine salads, sesame ginger salads, Southwest salads, spinach salads, spring mix … [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...]

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