March 5, 2015

Food Poisoning Outbreak at Jail Prompts Lawsuit

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Five former inmates of the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan have filed a lawsuit alleging that food poisoning they endured from contaminated or spoiled food was "cruel and unusual punishment." The lawsuit, filed in 17th Circuit Court in Kent County, names Kent County, Sheriff Lawrence Stelma, and food service company Aramark Corp. as defendants. At least 200 inmates became sick after eating a chicken taco meal in 2012, according to  the suit. Lab tests revealed the meal was contaminated with Clostridium perfringens, a spore-producing bacteria, in a rice and cheese product. Symptoms of food poisoning from Clostridium perfringens included diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The complaint argues that Aramark Corp. did not take appropriate food safety measures that would have … [Read more...]

New Study Links Government Food Safety Spending and Illness

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A new study conducted at the University of Washington School of Nursing has found that local government spending on food safety and sanitation programs affects the number of illnesses occurring in surrounding areas. Researchers looked at 11 years of data from county health departments in Washington state and New York. In Washington state, cuts to public health programs correlated with increasing Salmonella infections. In New York, cuts to public health programs correlated with increased Cryptosporidium infections. There have been major budget cuts and job losses in local health departments in recent years. Higher rates of Salmonella infections, which are usually caused by contaminated food, are associated with fewer food safety services. Cryptosporidiosis is waterborne, usually … [Read more...]

Amira Tahini Sauce Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Amira Tahini Sauce Salmonella Recall

Amira Enterprises of Quebec is recalling Amira brand Tahini Sauce from the marketplace because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recall is triggered by "findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency during its investigation into a food borne illness outbreak." CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, but the recall notice states "there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Amira brand Tahini Sauce sold in 750 gram containers. The UPC number is 0 69467 40101 0, with no codes. It was sold nationally at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a closed or sealed container so other people and animals can't eat it, or return to the place of purchase for a … [Read more...]

Kalonji (Nigella Seeds) Recalled in Canada for Salmonella

Shabros Kalonji Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shah Brothers Imports are recalling Shabros brand Kalonji Whole from the marketplace because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product was sold nationally. It is Shabros brand Kalonji Whole in 170 gram packages, also known as Nigella seeds. The code on the product is Batch #597, and the UPC number is 0 59011 01037 9. Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria will not look, smell, or taste spoiled, but the bacteria can cause serious illness. If you have this product in your home, discard it in a sealed container so other people and animals can't eat it. Then wash you hands thoroughly with soap and water. If you purchased this product, you can return it to the place of purchase … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Pulled Pork the Culprit at Living Word Tabernacle Outbreak

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Pulled pork was the source of a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 69 people who attended a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC October 1-5. Three people were hospitalized. The pork butts, prepared by a church member were, suffered temperature abuse when they were cooked partially and then reheated. Salmonellosis is an infection that develops when food or beverages contaminated with fecal matter containing Salmonella bacteria is ingested. Symptoms, which include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever,  usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients can develop a more serious, sometimes fatal infection that spreads from the intestines … [Read more...]

Salmonella Lawsuit from X 10 in Texas Outbreak in Dalhart

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A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a woman who contracted Salmonella after eating at the X 10 in Texas Wood Fired Grill in Dalhart. The woman, whose illness became so severe that her kidneys were failing, was hospitalized for a number of days. She is one of 59 people who Texas health officials say are part of an outbreak. The popular restaurant, located about 90 miles northwest of Amarillo, voluntarily closed for a cleaning after illnesses were reported and was cleared by the health department to reopen. Health authorities, who say no new cases occurred after the cleaning, are still trying to determine the source of the outbreak. Employee hygiene and training are factors in most restaurant-associated outbreaks, according to Food Poisoning Bulletin Publisher Fred Pritzker, who has … [Read more...]

Fairway Raw Hazelnuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Fairway Hazelnuts Salmonella Recall

Fairway "Like No Other Market" of New York is recalling raw hazelnuts (filberts) because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product, Fairway brand Raw Hazelnuts (Filberts) was distributed to Fairway stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It was also sold to the public through home delivery programs by Google and Instacart. It is packaged in clear, plastic cello bags of varying weights. Each package weighs less than one pound. It has the item code 228119 XXXXXX. All "sell by" date codes of May 15, 2015 and earlier are recalled. Routine sampling by the FDA discovered the problem. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Dalhart X10 Steakhouse Salmonella Cases Double, 59 Now Sick

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Salmonella has sickened 59 people in Dalhart, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the panhandle. At least 52 of those cases have been linked to the X10 in Texas Woodfire Grill Steakhouse. The total number of cases has doubled since the outbreak was announced one week ago. The popular restaurant, located about 90 miles northwest of Amarillo, voluntarily closed for a cleaning after the initial 30 cases were reported and was cleared by the health department to reopen. Health authorities say no new cases occurred after the cleaning.Health authorities are still investigating the outbreak and  trying to determine its source. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and include headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Dalhart, Bushland TX Sickens 42

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A Salmonella outbreak in northern Texas includes 30 cases linked to the X10 in Texas Woodfire Steakhouse in Dalhart, and 12 other cases in Bushland, according NewsChannel10.com. Yesterday, the Texas Department of Health said 30 confirmed cases of Salmonella had been linked to the steakhouse and other cases were being investigated. A source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. All environmental and food samples taken from the restaurant tested negative for Salmonella, according to teh health department. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure, include headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting and can last up to 10 days. Dehydration from symptoms may require treatment at a hospital. In a small number of cases, … [Read more...]

Secret Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak Sickened 275 in 2014

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Did you get Salmonella from cucumbers you ate last summer? If so, you may be among the 275 people who were part of a 29-state outbreak that was never announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Until today. The outbreak, which occurred between May and September, was one one largest of 2014, only the cyclospora outbreak, which sickened 304 people was bigger. One fatality was reported. It isn't clear from the CDC's report if any people were hospitalized or why the agency was mum about the outbreak which lasted four months. Interviews with some of those sickened revealed that travel to the Delmarva region during the incubation period was commonly reported. And results from whole genome sequencing (WGS) show that outbreak strain, Salmonella Newport JJPX01.0061 … [Read more...]

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