October 25, 2014

Raw Milk is Source of Campylobacter Outbreak at Durand High School


Raw milk is the source of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened 22 members of the Durand High School  football team, hospitalized eight people, forced the cancelation of two football games and prompted 150 high school and middle school students to miss classes to avoid becoming ill. The milk was served at a September 18 potluck. Health officials from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene (WSLH), the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Pepin County Health Department worked together on an investigation of the outbreak. Tests identified the DNA"fingerprint" of the Campylobactor jejuni bacteria that sickened members of the team and coaching staff and found that it was a genetic match to Campylobacter … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreaks When Raw is Mistaken for Cooked

Salmonella Outbreak Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms frozen chicken Kiev that has sickened at least six people in Minnesota likely arose from mistaken identity. Some brands of frozen chicken kiev are fully cooked and just need to be heated. The frozen entrees associated with this outbreak were pre-browned but raw, as stated on the label. This isn’t the first time such confusion has led to an outbreak. “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are handling and preparing a raw product,” said  Dr. Carrie Rigdon, an investigator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture  Dairy and Food Inspection Division. Between 1998 and 2008, six Salmonella outbreaks were linked to similar products, according to Minnesota health officials. And, in 2011, 190 people in six states were … [Read more...]

Three People Sick In San Jose, CA; E. coli in Water


Three people have become ill in a part of north San Jose, California after E. coli bacteria was detected in the water. The San Jose Water Company has issued a "boil water" notice to residents of 300 homes in the area. The symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, which may be watery and/or bloody, severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and a mild fever. If you live in this area and have experienced these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. An E. coli infection can lead to serious complications, including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can destroy the kidneys. The bacteria was found in a water main that services 300 homes on Lisbon Drive, Lisbon Court, Madrid Drive, Madrid Court, Sydney Drive, Sydney Court, and Rowley Drive. If your home is affected, you should have … [Read more...]

Mt. Healthy Hatchery Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Live Poultry Ends

Salmonella Live Poultry Outbreak 102214

The CDC says that the multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks appears to be over. However, consumers should take steps to protect themselves from this pathogenic bacteria if they choose to keep chickens, ducks, and turkey. Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio was the source of chicks and ducklings, as determined by multiple traceback investigations. This is the same mail-order hatchery that has been associated with multiple outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in 2012 and 2013. A total of 363 people in 43 states and Puerto Rico were infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar. Thirty-three percent of ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. The … [Read more...]

Final nSpired Nut Butters Salmonella Outbreak Update


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their final update on the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak linked to nSpired Natural Foods nut butters. The outbreak is over. But some people may still have the products in their homes. Check to see if you have any of the recalled items in your pantry. If you do, throw them away in a sealed container immediately. Discard the products even if you ate some of the product and did not get sick. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site along with UPC numbers, package sizes, and product codes. Recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods 365. Products included creamy and crunchy roasted and raw almond and peanut butters and flavored nut butters. The … [Read more...]

Oasis Recalls Cheese for Listeria Monocytogenes; Illnesses Reported

Oasis Lacteos Santa Martha Cheese Listeria Recall

Oasis Brands of Miami, Florida is recalling some lots of Lacteos Santa Martha cheese products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. FDA is investigating illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. There is no word on how many people may be sick. The recall is the result of sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and subsequent FDA environmental samples that revealed the presence of the bacteria. The company stopped production and distribution of the product. You can see the long list of recalled cheeses at the FDA web site along with the associated UPC numbers. They include Queso Fresco, Quesito Casero, Crema Guatemalteca, Mantequilla Hondurena, and Crema Cuzcitian, among others. You can also see pictures of the product … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak in Utah This Summer


According to the Salt Lake Tribune, there was a Campylobacter outbreak in Utah this summer linked to raw milk that sickened at least 80 people. Ropelato Dairy was the source of the contaminated milk. One man with a compromised immune system died after drinking the unpasteurized milk. State epidemiologist Cindy Burnett told members of the Legislature that of the 80 people sickened, 20% were hospitalized. Raw milk products sold in Utah must carry a warning label stating that anyone in a high risk group should avoid raw or unpasteurized dairy products. Ropelato Dairy did not put that warning on their products. In August 2014, the Utah Department of health said they were investigating a cluster of illnesses linked to the consumption of raw milk or cream purchased at Ropelato Dairy. The … [Read more...]

Source of Most Cyclospora Cases in Current Outbreak Unknown

Cyclospora Parasites

A cyclopora outbreak that sickened 304 people in 19 states this summer has gone largely unsolved. Cilantro from Mexico was identified as the source of the 133 cases in Texas, but the source of the 171 cases in the remaining 18 states has not been identified. Similarly, in a 2013 outbreak, a food source for of most of the 643 cases of cyclospora reported in 25 states was never identified. In both outbreaks, cilantro imported from Puebla Mexico was identified as the food source for cases in Texas. This year, 133 people in Texas contracted infections from eating food contaminated with the parasite, last year, 270 Texans got cyclosporiasis from contaminated cilantro. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical regions. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite … [Read more...]

Goat Droppings May be Suspect in Oregon E. coli Outbreak

MN Petting Zoo E. coli

Oregon Live reports that public health officials think an E. coli outbreak that killed a girl and sickened another child in September may have come from goat droppings. Lincoln County officials have completed their investigation, but are not providing any details. Serena Faith Profitt was sickened with E. coli O157:H7 in early September and died September 9, 2014 at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Her friend who was also sickened is out of the hospital, and is slowly recovering. Public health officials went over the family's home and collected environmental samples. They also tested restaurants where the children ate. Lab tests did find E. coli O157:H7 in the goat's droppings, but a link to the bacteria that made the children sick has not been confirmed. Both … [Read more...]

Did Salmonella Sicken 50 People in Gastonia, North Carolina?

Salmonella Gastonia

About 50 people who attended a gathering at the Living Word Tabernacle in Gastonia, NC last week got food poisoning, one of them has a confirmed case of Salmonella poisoning, according to the Gaston County Health Department. County health authorities are collaborating with the state health department, working late into the evening on their investigation of the outbreak which may involve residents from other states. They are gathering samples and information from those sickened and expect to release a summary of what they have learned tomorrow. At this point, a food source for the outbreak has not been identified. Food served at the event may have been supplied by more than one vender. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramping, … [Read more...]

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