November 26, 2014

In Durand Raw Milk Football Team Outbreak, Farm May Be Identified

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Wisconsin's Department of Health Services will finally identify the farm that supplied raw milk linked to a large food poisoning outbreak in the west-central town of Durand this fall. Based on numerous accounts, participants in a potluck banquet for the Durand High School football teams were not informed that the milk they were served was unpasteurized. Within days, multiple students were hospitalized and state health investigators ultimately confirmed 38 victims. The outbreak was so severe, the football program was forced to cancel two of its games and school officials marked 150 absences. Stephanie Smiley, a spokeswoman for the  Department of Health Services, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the raw milk farm could be named in a report on the outbreak that  is due out next … [Read more...]

Durand High School Campylobacter Outbreak Case Count at 22

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The Campylobacter outbreak at Durand High School in Pepin County, Wisconsin has now sickened 22 people as of Tuesday, September 30, 2014; all are members of the football team. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene have confirmed that the outbreak was caused by Campylobacter bacteria. Campylobacter bacteria has been found in specimens from ill patients. The Pepin County Health Department is working with the DHS and the Durand School District to investigate the outbreak. Public health officials are working to compile a list of food and beverages consumed by ill persons days before they got sick. Campylobacter has a two- to ten-day incubation period. The first symptoms of the illness are muscle pain, headache, and fever, followed by … [Read more...]

Wisconsin School Cancels More Football due to Campylobacter

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The Durand School District is continuing to reschedule various student activities as the western Wisconsin community grapples with a sweeping outbreak of Campylobacter food poisoning. According to the official school calendar, Monday's C-squad and junior varsity Panther football games against Amery have been canceled. Meanwhile, school volleyball matches canceled last week have been rescheduled for Thursday. The moves were made as the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene continues to offer testing for any ill students and staff. The most recent school district announcement notes that the source of the outbreak is still actively under investigation by the Pepin County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. "To date, Campylobacter has been detected in multiple … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in Durand, Wisconsin Schools

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The Pepin County Health Department says there are eight confirmed cases of Campylobacter infections in students at Durand High School in Pepin County, Wisconsin. The investigation is ongoing, with results still pending for other students. More than 50 other students are sick with flu-like symptoms. In the past five years, there have only been 15 cases total of Campylobacteriosis reported in Pepin County. Campylobacter is a bacteria that can cause serious illness. People become infected by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with fecal matter from an animal or a person who is sick. The symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include muscle pain, headache, and fever, followed by watery and/or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea. The first symptoms usually … [Read more...]

Crave Brothers Listeria Cheese Outbreak Exemplifies Who is at Risk

Soft cheeses are a high risk food for Listeria

The deputy chief of enteric diseases for the CDC's epidemiology branch, Barbara Mahon, was recently quoted as saying that Listeria is one of the rarer food-borne illnesses, but it's also one of the most severe. Her statement is borne out in the current  soft cheese Listeria outbreak associated with Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese sold at Whole Foods, other large retail chains and restaurants in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Another truism reflected in the outbreak is that pregnant women, newborns and older adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk for contracting listeriosis. According to the cheese recall and related food poisoning announcement by the CDC, one person from Minnesota has died, along with an unborn baby in another state. The pregnant mother and all other … [Read more...]

Walmart Sold Farm Rich Frozen Snacks Recalled for E. coli O121

Recalled Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites

The USDA has released the distribution list of the recalled Farm Rich frozen snacks that have been recalled for E. coli O121. The snacks are associated with an outbreak that has sickened at least 24 people in 15 states. WalMart sold the snacks nationwide in their stores. The recalled foods are heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items. The Rich Products Corporation has recalled many of the items. You can see the complete list of recalled items at the USDA web site, along with pictures of the product labels. The FDA has also issued a recall for the Frank Rich products they monitor, which do not include meat or poultry. They include Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites in 22 ounce bags and 7 ounce cartons. You can see pictures of those product labels at the FDA web … [Read more...]

Farm Rich Products Recalled For Possible E. coli O121

Farm Rich Pizza Slices E. coli 0121

Rich Products Corporation of New York is recalling about 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadillas and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121. A multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 may be associated with these products, which were sold at Walmart. The New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory found the outbreak strain of the bacteria in a Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadilla product obtained from a case patient. These products are recalled: 7.2 ounce cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough with UPC number 041322376909 and best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014. Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in … [Read more...]

WI E. coli Outbreak, Ground Beef Recall And “Tiger Meat” Warning

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An E. coli outbreak that has sickened three people in Wisconsin has been linked to the consumption of Tiger Meat, a raw ground beef concoction similar to steak tartare that is popular among some Midwesterners, particularly those of German heritage. It's usually served with saltine crackers and paired with beer. Customers purchased raw ground beef from  Glenn's Market and Catering in Watertown, Wisconsin, made their own Tiger Meat and became ill.  Glenn's has issued a recall of  2,532 pounds of raw, ground meat specifically fresh ground round, fresh ground chuck and fresh ground beef from the morning grind of December 22, 2012 - January 4, 2013. The products subject to recall were sold only from the retail meat case. No other products are included in the recall. Keeping family … [Read more...]

Beef Tongue Recalled For Tonsils, Not Toxins

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A tonsil recall? Yes, it's true. Almost 100 pounds of beef tongue produced by Black Earth Meat Market Inc. of Black Earth, Wis. is being recalled not for potential contamination due to the presence of a pathogen such as E.coli or Salmonella. Nor because a foreign material made its way into the packaging. Instead, the reason for the recall is tonsils which were not completely removed. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  Food Safety ad Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations require that tonsils be removed from cattle of all ages because they may contain the infective agent known to cause Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE),  or mad cow disease. There is no indication that any of the cattle slaughtered  in connection with this recall displayed any signs of BSE. The recalled … [Read more...]

For Some Wisconsin Grocery Store Sushi Bars, It’s Business As Usual

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At Grasch Foods, an upscale grocery store in Brookfield Wis., the tuna Salmonella outbreak caused a minor blip in sushi bar sales and then things went right back to normal, according to Seafood Manger, John Edgerton. Grasch buys only fresh fish for the sushi bar and Edgerton does most of the processing himself, he said, so the store was not among those affected by the recall of tainted  ground frozen tuna product, called Nakaochi Scrape, from Moon Marine USA Corp. in California. With 14 confirmed cases of salmonellosis, Wisconsin was hit hard by the tuna sushi Salmonella outbreak, which has sickened 160 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The only states with more confirmed … [Read more...]

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