November 26, 2015

Here’s What to Do if You Purchased Costco Chicken Salad Linked to an E. coli Outbreak

Chicken salad made and sold at Costco Wholesale stores in seven states has sickened at least 19 people with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Those sickened live in Washington state, Montana, California, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, and Virginia. The CDC, FDA, and USDA are investigating this outbreak, along with public health officials in the affected states. Five of the 19 patients have been hospitalized, and two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Fourteen of sixteen people interviewed purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco the week before they got sick. With such a wide distribution of case patients, it's probable that an ingredient used to make that salad in the stores and purchased in bulk by Costco is the source of the pathogenic bacteria. It is not probable … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 19

An E. coli outbreak linked to chicken salad sold Costco stores has sickened 19 people in seven states.  Five people have been hospitalized; two of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. Consumers who purchased rotisserie chicken salad from any Costco store in the United States on or before November 20, 2015, should not eat it. Consumers who have purchased it should throw it away.  On November 20, Costco told public health officials that it had removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from all of its U.S. stores and temporarily halted further production. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad in CO, WA, UT, MT Linked to E. coli Outbreak

The Colorado Department of Public Health andEnvironment (CDPHE) is investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to chicken salad purchased at Costco stores in that state in late October. At least four people have been sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections in Colorado. Other states with confirmed E. coli cases linked to Costco chicken salad are Utah, Montana, and Washington. The case count by county is: Arapahoe (1), Jefferson County (2), and Routt (1). One person has been hospitalized, and all persons In Colorado have recovered. People purchased the salad from Costco stores on October 25 and 26, 2015, and became ill between October 28 and November 3, 2015. The FDA, USDA-FSIS, and CDC are working with Costco to determine the source of contamination. The product is also being … [Read more...]

What Was in the Dessert at the Twisted Fork Restaurant?

The source of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened almost two dozen people in Reno, Nevada has been identified. The outbreak at the Twisted Fork restaurant has been linked to a dessert that was manufactured, sold, and distributed by Reno Provisions. Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a statement, "Our epidemiologists and environmental health staff have identified a dessert that was prepared by Reno Provisions. Several people who ate at the Twisted Fork restaurant had the dessert, as did some other people outside the Reno area who then developed the E. coli infection. That commonality led investigators to the dessert supplier, and to tests of food and equipment at Reno Provisions." Public health officials are now investigating the manufacturer of the … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Cucumbers Sickens 25 In Washington

Twenty-five people in Washington have been sickened with Salmonella infections from contaminated cucumbers. They are part of a huge outbreak that has sickened 838 people in 38 states.  One hundred and sixty five people have been hospitalized, four have died. By county, the case count is as follows: Clark (4 cases), King (5); Kitsap (2); Pierce (5); Snohomish (4); Spokane (2); Thurston (1); Walla Walla (1); and Yakima (1). One person has been hospitalized. On September 4, 2015,  Andrew & Williamson recalled the cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015. Then, on September 11, another recall was issued by Custom Produce Sales for all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting August 1, 2015.  Those unlabeled cucumbers, … [Read more...]

A Confusing Week in the Chipotle E. coli Outbreak Investigation

It was a confusing week in the Chipotle E. coli outbreak investigation. On Tuesday, November 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced the number of those sickened in Oregon and Washington from 50 to 37 and said no new cases had been reported since October 30. Three days later, November 20, the agency announced that the outbreak had expanded to include cases in four other states including Minnesota where a case had previously been identified but ruled out as part of the outbreak. That state now has two cases. What's more, the total number of those ill, now 45, includes two more cases in Washington and three cases that occurred after October 30. What does it all mean?  The contaminated food has not been eliminated from the restaurant's supply chain as previously … [Read more...]

Twisted Fork E. coli Outbreak Linked to Dessert from Reno Provisions

An E. coli outbreak at the Twisted Fork in Reno, Nevada has been linked to desserts manufactured by Reno Provisions. At least 21 people were sickened in the outbreak. The restaurant temporarily closed during the investigation, but will reopen on Tuesday. Health officials will now shift the investigation to Reno Provisions. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Anyone who has these symptoms should see a doctor.   … [Read more...]

Where Are Banned, Salmonella Contaminated Cucumbers Being Sold?

Imported cucumbers identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak were supposed to have been barred from entering this country two months ago, but people are still getting sick. How? Cucumbers have a shelf a life of about two weeks and symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure. Yet, people sickened by the three outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have reported onset of illness as recently as early November. Despite two recalls and two import alerts essentially banning cucumbers from the farm in question, is the tainted produce somehow still on the market? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday that 838 people in 38 states have been sickened, 165 have been hospitalized, four have died. Since the last … [Read more...]

Chipotle Outbreak Expands to Six States, 45 Sick

The Chipotle E. coli outbreak, previously thought to involve only locations in Washington and Oregon now includes cases in six sates. At least, 45 people have been sickened, 16 have been hospitalized. The new states are California, Minnesota, New York and Ohio. By state the case count is as follows: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26). The total of 45 illnesses is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is including only the illnesses that have been confirmed by PulseNet as being infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli O26. Those sickened, who range in age from 2 years to 94, reported onset of illness dates ranging from October 19, 2015 to November 8, 2015. The median age is 22. … [Read more...]

After Listeria Outbreak, Blue Bell Resumes Ice Cream Production in Brenham, TX

In April 2015, Blue Bell ice cream was linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak that prompted a recall of all of its products and the temporary closure of its production facilities. The plant in Sylacauga, Alabama was the first to come online, restarting production in August. The plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was next, restarting in September. This week, the company's plant in Brenham, Texas began making ice cream for the first time in seven months. During that time, the company has made changes to the facility and to its process, according to a statement on its website. "Operations are currently on a limited basis as the company seeks to confirm that new procedures, facility enhancements and employee training are effective.  Ice cream produced will be closely monitored and tested. There … [Read more...]

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