December 1, 2015

Raw Milk Bill Back in Wisconsin Legislature

A bill to legalize the sale of raw milk is back in the Wisconsin legislature. Republican Representative Dave Murphy introduced a bill last week that would let dairy farms sell raw milk and raw milk products directly to customers where they are produced.  The farmers would not need state milk producer licenses or permits, and state milk quality rules would not apply to these products. At this time, selling raw milk is illegal in Wisconsin. "Incidental sales" of raw milk directly to consumers at a dairy farm for consumption by that consumer, the consumer's family, or nonpaying guests, is exempted from the law. But if done on a regular basis, or if the sales involve advertising, those sales are deemed illegal. Dairy farmers who are considered "bona fide" owners can consume raw milk from … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Over After Sickening 546 People

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 546 people in 31 states this summer is over. The last illness onset date was August 22, 2015. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-celled parasite that causes an infection in the intestines. Clusters of illnesses were linked to restaurants or events in Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia. The restaurants and events have not been named. Some of the illnesses just in those states, but not all, were linked to fresh cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico. The food or drink that caused non-cluster-associated cases has not been identified. The FDA issued an import alert on that imported cilantro on August 27, 2015.  In fact, the CDC identified annually recurring outbreaks in 2012, … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Barber Foods Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their investigation into the two Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. One of the outbreaks is linked to Barber Foods frozen, raw, chicken products. In one outbreak, six people infected with this pathogenic bacteria are from Minnesota (5) and Wisconsin (1). Two persons have been hospitalized. In the other, three people infected with a different Salmonella strain in Minnesota have been reported. Two of those people have been hospitalized. Illness onset dates range from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015. No new illnesses have been reported since July 8, 2015. The recall of Barber Foods raw chicken products was expanded on July 12, 2015 to include more than 1.7 million pounds of food. The … [Read more...]

Barber Foods Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak Grows

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber Foods frozen, raw, stuffed Chicken Kiev has sickened two more people according to the USDA. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, six case-patients have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin. That is an increase of two patients since the last update 5 days ago. Those patients became ill from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015. They are sick with Salmonella Enteritidis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not updated their investigation report since July 8, 2015. Barber Foods has expanded the recall of their product to include more than 1.7 million pounds. The original recall on July 2, 2015 was for 58,000 pounds. The government is concerned that some product is still in consumer's … [Read more...]

Kenosha, Wisconsin Los Corrales Salmonella Outbreak Grows

According to the Kenosha County Division of Health, the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people may be associated with the Supermercado Los Corrales market in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That supermarket is at 3933 52nd Street in Kenosha. The source of the outbreak has not been definitively confirmed as of May 19, 2015. Those sickened purchased and ate food, particularly pork carnitas, from that market over Mother's Day weekend earlier this month. So far, two people have tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. The investigation started on May 15, 2015 when the Division of health received positive Salmonella lab reports. Salmonella infections are reportable illnesses. Public health officials are currently interviewing patients and more lab testing is … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Salmonella Outbreak May be Associated with Meat

According to WISN 12 News, the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha, Wisconsin may be associated with meat from a local grocery store called Los Corrales. At least 20 people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. All of the patients said they ate meat products from that store and then got sick. Officials are investigating this outbreak, interviewing patients, and conducting inspections and collecting samples. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Most people get sick within eight to seventy-two hours of exposure, and most recover within a week. But some people get so sick they must be hospitalized. There is no word on whether any of the patients in this outbreak have been hospitalized. If you have experienced these … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Salmonella Outbreak Investigated

According to WISN 12 News in Wisconsin, the Kenosha County Division of Health is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in that area. One case was reported to officials by a doctor last week. Nine samples of food and stool were sent for testing to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in Madison, Wisconsin last Friday. Results will most likely be available this week. Apparently, more than 20 people were sickened, but only a few cases have been confirmed so far. The state health department has joined the investigation. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. About 1.2 million Americans are sickened by this pathogenic bacteria every year. An outbreak is declared when two or more unrelated people are sick with the same … [Read more...]

Now 14 Turkey Farms in MN Diagnosed with Bird Flu

Fourteen turkey farms in Minnesota, and an egg-laying facility in Wisconsin, have now been confirmed with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu. The 14th farm was confirmed today. At leasts 900,000 turkeys in the state have been euthanized as a result of this outbreak. No human infections with the virus have ben detected at this time. The newly affected flocks are in Kandiyohi County, Cottonwood County, Lyon County, Stearns County, and Watonwan County. These farms have been quarantined, meaning movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment has been restricted. The flocks will be euthanized, and the region will be monitored. The farms will be disinfected, and tested until the farms are confirmed to be free of the virus. In Wisconsin, the USDA has confirmed that … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Causes the Most Raw Milk Outbreaks

Campylobacter is the source of most raw milk outbreaks, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, which found raw milk outbreaks are on the rise, compared data from the two-year periods 2007-2009 and 2010-2012. Campylobacter causes an illness in humans called campylobacteriosis which produces diarrheal illness, fever, and abdominal cramps that can last up to 10 days. In rare cases, a Campylobacter infection can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, an illness that causes paralysis and death. In every year from 2007 to 2012, Campylobacter was the source of the majority of raw milk outbreaks, accounting for 81 percent of them overall. E. coli caused the second most with 17 percent, Salmonella was third with 3 percent and Coxiella burnetii was … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Included in Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak, Recall

Wisconsin has three confirmed cases of listeriosis in the U.S. caramel apple Listeria outbreak and also received deliveries of Happy Apples, a product made in Missouri that has been recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to separate CDC and FDA announcements. The Happy Apple Company recall was announced via the FDA on Christmas Eve, two days after the CDC added a confirmed case of listeriosis to Wisconsin's outbreak count. Now with three caramel apple Listeria cases, Wisconsin is home to 10 percent of the nation's 29 confirmed outbreak patients. Wisconsin's neighbor to the west, Minnesota, has four confirmed cases, including two deaths. A caramel apple lawsuit was filed in California shortly before the recall was announced. Happy … [Read more...]

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