July 5, 2015

Almost 300 Sick in Boise Co-Op Salmonella Outbreak


Almost 300 people are sick in a Salmonella outbreak linked to the deli at the Boise Co-op, according to the latest update from the Central District Health Department (CDHD). As of July 1, 290 cases of Salmonella had been reported. Tests on food samples taken from the deli show that raw turkey, tomatoes and onion were contaminated with the bacteria. Those who became ill reported purchasing food from the deli after June 1. Salmonella bacteria live in the intestines of humans and other animals. Foods become contaminated when they come into contact with feces containing the bacteria. This can happen to meat during slaughter, through cross-contamination or through inadequate hygiene of food handlers. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Antioch Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu has sickened three Minnesotans, hospitalizing two of them.  The company has not issued a recall for the raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. However, consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as they risk serious illness if they do. The contaminated product was sold at a number of retail grocery store chains. The package is stamped with the code P-1358 and sold at many different grocery store chains.  Health officials have not yet disclosed the names of those stores. The three people who were sickened in the outbreak were adults in their 30s and 40s who live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Nine months ago, a raw, frozen Chicken Kiev product made by Antioch Farms was … [Read more...]

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Barber Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev Salmonella

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber brand frozen chicken Kiev has sickened four people in Minnesota.  Two people were hospitalized. The illnesses were reported from April 5 through June 8 among case patients ranging in age from 19 to 82 years. All of the cases were reported in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Barber has issued a recall for the product which was sold at Sam's Club stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois and at other stores.  The recalled products have “use by/sell by” dates of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code numbers 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202. The establishment number “P-276” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. This outbreak has occurred at the same time as another Salmonella outbreak linked to raw breaded … [Read more...]

Alabama Links Staph Outbreak at Sunnyside Daycare to Food


Staph bacteria found in food served at Sunnyside Child Care Center is a genetic match to the strain that sickened 86 children, hospitalizing 30 of them, Alabama health officials have announced. Staphylococcus Aureus infections cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and lethargy. Chicken, pasta, green beans and apples were positive for the toxin,  State Health Officer Don Williamson told the Montgomery Advertiser.     Health officials are working with kitchen staff on food safety procedures. The kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on S. Court Street prepares food for that location and the Sunnyside location on Norman Bridge Road. The facility was closed for  several days while the investigation was being conducted but reopened on Monday. … [Read more...]

Salmonella from Live Poultry Linked to Four Outbreaks


Salmonella from live poultry has been linked to four multistate outbreaks. Forty states are affected by the outbreaks which have sickened 181 and hospitalized 33. Most of those sickened reported tending to backyard flocks before becoming ill. The outbreaks have been linked to live poultry from multiple hatcheries sold at 17 different feed supply stores. "Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry.These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By state the cases reported are as follows: Alabama (17), Arizona (3), Arkansas (4), California (3), Colorado (2), Delaware (2), Georgia (4), Indiana … [Read more...]

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicken Kiev, Chicken Cordon Bleu

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota has been linked to raw, frozen, pre-browned, breaded chicken products including Chicken Kiev and Chicken Cordon Bleu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert about the products, but has not released brand names or stores where the products may have been sold. Health officials are investigating two Salmonella illness clusters linked to the items may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu" or "chicken Kiev."  The illness onset dates range from May 9, 2015 to June 8, 2015. FSIS is working with Minnesota agriculture and health officials on an investigation of the outbreak.  Information on how many people have been sickened or hospitalized has not been released. It does not appear that a … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Parasite Sickens 90 in 22 Texas Counties

Cyclospora Outbreak

At least 90 people in 22 Texas counties have been food contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite. All but 12 of those illnesses have been reported in the last two weeks. Health officials are not yet sure of the food source. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, it causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  On average,  150 cases are reported nationwide each year, most of them are associated with travel to developing countries. This is the third straight year that Texas has been hit with a cyclosporiasis outbreak. Both previous outbreaks were linked to cilantro imported form the the Puebla region of Mexico. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 84 in Texas

Cyclospora Outbreak

A cyclospora outbreak has sickened 84 people in Texas. The illnesses have been reported from 20 counties. Travis County, which includes the city of Austin, has reported the most cases with 37. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  Only about 150 of these infections are reported nationwide each year, most of which are  associated with travel. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms.  Treatment with the antibiotic combination Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX),  sold under the … [Read more...]

BBQ at Tarheel Q Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, 216 Sick

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella Typhimurium strain found in a sample of BBQ from Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC matches a strain found in one of the 216 customers who became sick after eating there, according to the North Carolina Health Department.  At least 12 people have been hospitalized. Residents from 15 North Carolina counties and five other states are involved in the outbreak. But most,  77 percent, are form Davidson and Davie counties in North Carolina. Health authorities say the outbreak was linked to food served at the restaurant, located on Highway 64, after June 6 with about 82 percent of cases occurring between June 16th and June 21st. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms typically last four to seven … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Raw Chicken

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak in Canada has been linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products. As of June 28, 2015, 44 people are sick in four provinces. Twelve people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. The outbreak case count by province is: Ontario (28), Quebec (12), Nova Scotia (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (2). No deaths have been reported. People became sick between February 7 and May 23, 2015. There is no mention of any brand name and no word of a recall. The government is warning people to be careful when handling raw poultry products. If you are preparing frozen raw breaded chicken products, take these precautions: wash your hands well with soap and water before and after handling the products. Use a separate plate, cutting board, and utensils when handling raw poultry … [Read more...]

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