January 31, 2015

Dozens Sickened at California NAACP Gala


More than 50 people were sickened with the symptoms of food poisoning after attending an NAACP gala in Redwood City, California on October 25, 2014 according to the San Jose Mercury News. At least twelve people had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration; some people are still hospitalized. The gala was the end of the 27th Annual NAACP California Hawaii State Convention. More than 300 people attended the event, held at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel. One of the persons hospitalized was former Oakland Mayor and Assemblyman Elihu Harris. Those who were sickened started feeling ill on Sunday morning. People were vomiting in the hotel lobby while paramedics were treating them. Salmon and salad were part of the dinner served at the banquet. The hospitality firm … [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...]

Governor Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Curbed Antibiotic Use


California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have curbed the use of antibiotics on factory farms. He stated that most major producers already go beyond the voluntary FDA standards (guidance) for their use and wants to look for other ways to reduce sub therapeutic antibiotic use. Most food safety and medical experts are unhappy with the FDA's stance on this issue, pointing out that guidance documents do not go far enough and that actual rules and laws are needed to curb this growing problem. The Governor is, instead, directing the California Department of Food and Agriculture to work with the Legislature to find "new and effective ways to reduce the unnecessary antibiotics used for livestock and poultry." If the bill had been signed, it would have been the first time … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak at True Food Kitchen in Newport, CA


The restaurant True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California has been closed after a suspected Shigella outbreak. Orange County officials closed the restaurant on August 28, 2014 for an investigation. At least six people have reported symptoms of shigellosis, the illness caused by that bacteria. Officials say that none of the patients ate the same food, possibly meaning that the bacteria was spread by person-to-person contact, according to a media report. Shigella bacteria are passed through the oral-fecal route, meaning that someone ingests feces of someone else with a Shigella infection. Those sickened all ate at the restaurant on August 21, 23, 24, and 25, 2014. The restaurant reopened late last week after cleaning and sanitizing the facility and using … [Read more...]

Two People Ill, Associated with VR Green Farms Jarred Food in CA

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The jars were not properly processed. Consuming food contaminated with botulinum toxin can lead to serious illness and death. Two people are sick with botulism poisoning that officials suspect may be associated with the company's Pine Nut Basil Pesto. The symptoms of botulism poisoning include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. If no treatment is received, symptoms will include descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, followed by trouble breathing. Infants with botulism poisoning appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. If … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Salmonella Litigation Rests on Vast Evidence

Chicken Salmonella Lawyer

Food poisoning litigation experts representing victims of the Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak have a mountain of evidence contained in inspection and review documents from the United States Department of Agriculture. Firms like Pritzker Olsen Attorneys, a national food safety law firm that has collected tens of millions of dollars for victims of past Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S., have been compiling the data for the purpose of filing legal complaints for clients. Based on an interview with Pritzker's Foster Farms Salmonella lawyer Ryan Osterholm, here's a breakdown of pertinent findings already obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Three Foster Farms manufacturing plants on the West Coast have been … [Read more...]

California has 33 Cases in Townsend Farms Hepatitis A Outbreak

Pomegranate Seeds Hepatitis A

The Townsend Farms hepatitis A outbreak has sickened at least 79 people nationwide. The outbreak is growing daily. The state of California has at least 33 of the outbreak cases. Fourteen people have been hospitalized, which is an unusually high number. Other states included in this outbreak are Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. The state has published an info sheet with information known to date about the affected products along with the retail distribution list of those products. The recalled products were sold at Costco stores under the name "Townsend Farms Brand Organic Antioxidant Blend" and at Harris Teeter stores under the name "Harris Teeter Brand Antioxidant Berry Blend." The Harris Teeter product was not sold in California, but was sold in … [Read more...]

California Warns Consumers to Avoid Seafood Harvested in Northern Channel Islands


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers to not eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab and lobster from the northern Channel Islands. The Islands are offshore of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Dangerous levels of the nerve toxin domoic acid have been detected in some of those species. The toxin may also be present in other species of shellfish, crustaceans, and fish in that area. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin that can cause illness or death in human beings. Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning usually occur with 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating contaminated seafood. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Raw Milk Recalled Ater Campylobacter Turns Up In Tests

Milking cows

A raw milk recall for products produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County and a quarantine order has been announced after Campylobacter was detected  during routine testing,  California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. has announced. No illnesses have been reported in conjunction with this recall. The recalled products include Grade A raw cream, Grade A raw milk and Grade A raw skim milk, all with a labeled code date of SEP 13. Retailers must immediately pull these products from store shelves and consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product they might have purchased. Inspectors from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) found the bacteria in a sample of raw cream during routine testing conducted as part of routine inspection and sample … [Read more...]

Erin Brockovich Chemical Still in California Drinking Water, NRDC Files Suit


It’s been more than 10 years since Julia Roberts made Erin Brockovich a household name. But the cause that made Brockovich famous is still making headlines. In a lawsuit filed against the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Working Group say the agency has failed to protect Californians from hexavalent chromium in drinking water.  Brockovich proved industrial pollution contaminated drinking water sickening residents of Hinkley, California during the 1990s. CDPH was supposed to have established a safe drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium eight years ago, but hasn’t done so, the NRDC says. “Millions of Californians are drinking toxic water today due to government neglect,” Nicholas Morales, … [Read more...]

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