May 26, 2016

Cryptosporidium Outbreak at Litchfield Farm Sickens School Children

School field trips to a Litchfield, MN farm have resulted in more than 10 cases of diarrheal illness from animal contact, including three cases of laboratory-confirmed Cryptosporidium infection.  All of those sickened reported visiting Nelson Farm on a school field trip starting on May 9. The children sickened are from five different schools, but numerous school groups visited the farm through May 25, so there could be many more children who become ill. The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating an outbreak and has issued a health advisory to local and tribal health departments, hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers. Stool samples from patients with with vomiting and diarrhea should be tested  for bacterial and parasitic pathogens with a specific request for … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Cancels Trip for Benito High School Students

A food poisoning outbreak associated with allegedly contaminated tri-tip sandwiches served to San Benito High School seniors on Thursday, May 19, 2016 has forced the cancellation of their trip to Disneyland. At least 80 students from the California high school were sickened, and at least 12 students had to go to the hospital. The day after the seniors ate the sandwiches, on Friday May 20, 2016, other students ate the leftovers and also got sick. Health officials say that since no food is left for testing, they cannot tell what made the students sick. But they could certainly conduct stool sample testing on the ill students and run PFGE tests to identify the bacteria and to see if the same strain made all of the teenagers sick. The symptoms of this outbreak included stomach … [Read more...]

WI Reports Salmonella Illness From Online Sale of Recalled Shake Mix

An online sale of recalled Garden of Life RAW Meal and Shake Replacement has resulted in at least on Salmonella case in Wisconsin, according to the state's agriculture department. The product had been linked to a Salmonella outbreak in January and February of 2016. Garden of Life recalled the contaminated product from the market, reformulated the recipe to omit the problematic ingredient and changed the packaging so consumers could distinguish the product from the recalled version. But some people are selling the recalled product on eBay, Amazon and other online retail sites. Wisconsin health officials are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the latest illness, including tracing the source of the contaminated product. Consumers who have this product … [Read more...]

Wonderful Pistachio Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 11 Sick

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Wonderful pistachios has ended after sickening 11 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pistachios were recalled on March 9, consumers who have purchased them should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. Food Poisoning Bulletin alerted the agency to some discrepancies in a report earlier today and the agency is working to correct the information, so some specific information about the outbreak is not yet available. We do know that state and federal health officials used DNA “fingerprinting” to identify 11 case patients. And that three cases reported from Alabama and Arizona initially included in the outbreak were ruled out,  while new ones, caused by a second strain of Salmonella, were … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak at Carrabba’s in Lansing, MI Ends 100+ Sick

A norovirus outbreak linked to a Carrabba's restaurant in Lansing, Mich. has ended after sickening more than 100 people, according to the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD). The outbreak occurred May 7 and May 8, 2016 at the  Carrabba’s on West Saginaw Highway in Lansing. Lab tests have confirmed that the cause of the outbreak was norovirus, but the origin of the contamination was not identified. After learning of reports of illness on May 10th , Carrabba’s closed voluntarily to thoroughly clean and disinfect the restaurant. Norovirus is the most common cause of food poisoning outbreaks in the United States. It is highly contagious causing diarrhea and vomiting that lasts one to two days. “Norovirus and other stomach bugs can survive for days on surfaces such as … [Read more...]

CDC: Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Tiny Turtles Expand

Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny pet turtles have expanded, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In October 2015, the CDC reported two Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny turtles that had sickened a total of 51 people. There are now four outbreaks that have sickened a total of 133 people in 26 states between January 16, 2015 and April 8, 2016. Thirty eight people have been hospitalized. Most of of those sickened are children. Because small turtles have long been associated with Salmonella infections, especially in children, the sale of turtles with shells of less than four inches in length has been banned since 197. Many of the case patients in this outbreak reported buying the small turtles from street vendors. Public health investigators used the … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak in Central Missouri Sickens 70

The Moniteau County Health Department is investigating a Shigella outbreak in central Missouri. That town, in central Missouri, has more than 70 cases among students, faculty, and family members. Officials are not identifying the school district where this outbreak is occurring, but ABC17 has said it is Tipton. The schools in that county are Tipton, California, Clarksburg Elementary, Jamestown High School, Latham Elementary School, and others. Andrea Kincaid, RN/Administrator at the Moniteau County Health Center stated, "we have been actively involved in educating school officials and families on how to minimize transmission of this bacteria." Shigella infections are very contagious and can spread from young children to other family members and people in the community. People … [Read more...]

Should You Be Worried About the Listeria Recalls?

A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to CRF Frozen Foods products was first discovered in March 2016. Since then, the company has recalled al of its organic and traditional fruit, vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. And dozens of secondary recalls for products containing those ingredients have flooded the market. And a massive recall of sunflower seeds for possible Listeria contamination has triggered secondary recalls. Now, a new recall for walnuts that may be contaminated with Listeria has been issued. So should you be worried about these recalls and the outbreak? First, know that there is zero tolerance for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in ready to eat foods. In frozen foods, especially … [Read more...]

Issues Found at CRF Frozen Foods Linked to Listeria Outbreak

The FDA has released a 483 inspection report about the conditions at CRF Frozen Foods plant in Pasco, Washington. That report, released on May 12, 2016, gives more information about the conditions at that plant. Food produced at that facility has been linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that goes back to 2013, and has led to dozens of frozen produce recalls. At least eight people in three states have been sickened in this outbreak. Damaged equipment described as being "impossible to clean" could be a factor in this contamination. The inspection, conducted March 14 to March 17, 2016, may provide some insight into how the produce was contaminated. The company was told on April 25, 2016 that a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak going back to 2013 was linked to its products by whole … [Read more...]

September 2015 E. coli Outbreak at Holy Land Restaurant in Minneapolis

An E. coli outbreak sickened seven people who ate food prepared at the Holy Land Deli in Minneapolis in late September and early October of 2015, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). During interviews with health officials, three people sickened by the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 said they had eaten Holy Land food before becoming ill. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. On October 12, 2015, MDH sanitarians went to the restaurant at 2513 Central Ave, NE in Minneapolis to "evaluate food preparation and handling procedures, check for additional complaints, interview food workers, collect credit card receipts from September 24, and collect catering invoices from September 24-29," according to the … [Read more...]

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