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E. coli in Clackamas County OR Sickens 3 at Montessori School

An E. coli outbreak has sickened three children at a West Linn Montessori school in Clackamas County, OR, according to the Oregonian. Two of the children have been diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Health officials have recommended that students and employees of Heart Centered Montessori be tested for E. coli and not return to school, swim or participated in group activities until they receive clear test results. The school is for young children with classes for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and 6 year olds. E. coli is transmitted through contaminated food and water or through contact with  animals. Symptoms  of an E. coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. Children with these symptoms should see a doctor and mention possible … [Read more...]

Listeria in Soft Cheese Sickens 3, Kills 1

Listeria in Oasis brand soft cheese has killed one person and sickened two others, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oasis issued an August 4 recall for quesito casero,  an October 6 recall for cuajada en hoja, and an October 16 recall for various cheeses sold under the Lacteos Santa Martha brand. Consumers who have purchased these cheeses should not eat them as they risk serious illness or death if they do. Health officials used whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to compare the strains of the Listeria monocytogenes  isolated from the recalled quesito casero cheese and the strain isolated from the three case patients and found that they were highly related. The three cases were reported from three states: … [Read more...]

In Canada, Ortega Taco Seasoning Recalled for Allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and B.H. Kosher Select Food are recalling Ortega brand Taco Seasoning Mix because it may contain undeclared peanuts and almonds, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy to those ingredients could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix in 35.4 gram packages. The code on the product is Best By May 08 2016 S6 and the UPC number is 0 39000 00820 4. It was sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been sold nationally at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts and/or almonds (tree nuts), do not eat it. Throw it away or return to the place of … [Read more...]

Farming and Deforestation Could be Behind Ebola Outbreak

According to an article in The Conversation, deforestation and industrial-scale farming could have been a contributing factor in the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The global palm oil industry has been deep-cutting into forests; this helps spread pathogens by opening areas formerly untouched to human exploration. And land grabs force animals out of forests where they come into more frequent contact with humans. The Ebola virus occurs in fruit bats, which are natural hosts. When people in very poor communities face scarcity of food, they go further into the forest to hunt and butcher wildlife, known as bush meat. Bush meat is a major source of the virus. These changes lead to something called an Allee effect, which occurs when changes in one part of the ecology cause populations in … [Read more...]

FTC Sues Gerber for Alleged False Health Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has sued the Gerber company (also doing business as Nestle Nutrition) for claiming that some of its baby food can prevent or reduce allergies in children. The complaint alleges that the company misled consumers because the claim is not true. Gerber Good Start Gentle formula is made with partially hydrolyzed wheat proteins, which the company claims makes the product easier to digest than formula made with intact cow's milk proteins.  The company advertises that feeding this formula to infants who have a family history of allergies will prevent allergies or reduce the risk that they will develop. Some of the ads read, "If you have allergies in your family, breastfeeding your baby can help reduce their risk. And, if you decide to introduce formula, research … [Read more...]

Judge Orders Cantaloupe Listeria Cases Against Primus Labs Move Forward

District Court Judge Charles Pratt has ordered that dozens of cases filed against Primus Labs in connection with a the deadly cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011 move forward. Primus, a third-party auditor,  gave cantaloupe grower Jensen Farms a superior rating just weeks before the outbreak. In January, Primus filed a motion to dismiss the cases saying that the damage caused by the contaminated cantaloupe was outside its control. On October 28, Judge Pratt denied the motion saying, "the auditor should have reasonably recognized that the audit was necessary to protect the public from exposure and consumption of harmful cantaloupe" and that "failure to exercise reasonable care in conducting the audit increased the risk to the public from exposure to and consumption of harmful … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses Prompt Recall of Unpasteurized Apple Cider in Canada

Rolling Acres Cider Mill is being recalled in Canada for E.coli contamination after illnesses were reported in association with consuming the product.  Consumers who have purchased this unpasteurized cider should not drink it as they risk serious, life-threatening illness if they do.The recalled product was sold in 2L and 4L sizes and in unmarked plastic bags at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market in Waterloo, Ontario on October 11, 2014 and from the company's own location in Waterloo, Ontario between October 10, 2014 and October 11, 2014.Symptoms of E. coli poisoning include diarrhea that can be bloody and abdominal cramps. Anyone who drank the cider an is experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. In severe cases, people may experience, seizure, stroke, coma or develop hemolytic uremic … [Read more...]

Maine CDC: Guess Which Restaurant Exposed You to Hepatitis A?

Do you have clay-colored stools, dark urine, fever, jaundice, yellow eyes, abdominal cramping and weight loss? If so, you have Hepatitis A and should see a doctor. If you have these symptoms and also spent time in Cumberland County, Maine from September 29 though October 11, you likely got the virus from a restaurant you ate at. But don't ask the Maine CDC which one, because they aren't saying. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) issued an advisory yesterday stating that the agency had "identified a case of acute hepatitis A virus infection in a Cumberland County food service worker." They are encouraging health care providers to be on the lookout for the above symptoms.  Hepatitis A is a virus that is transmitted when food contaminated with microscopic amounts of … [Read more...]

Brainerd MN Will Not Chlorinate City Water Supply

The city of Brianerd, Minnesota will not chlorinate its city water supply, the public utilities commission decided this week.  With a population of about 13,500 people, Brainered draws its water from an aquifer 170 feet below the city and has never added the chemical to to its water. But last month, a storm created conditions that could have contaminate the water supply with bacteria. So, the system was flushed with chlorine. With the problems created by the storm resolved, the public utilities commission had to decide whether to continue the use of chlorine. The vote on Tuesday was unanimous to end the use of the chemical. Brainerd residents are fond of the taste of their water and  didn't want it altered. This was the third time in 30 years that the city's water supply was … [Read more...]

Richard’s Boudin Recalled for Temperature Abuse, Bacillus cereus

Carlton Foods of New Braunfels, Texas is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products because they were made with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and could  contain the toxin-producing bacteria Bacillus cereus. There had been no reports of illness at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased the recalled products should not eat them as they could become ill if they do so. Bacillus cereus  bacteria is found in a variety of foods, particularly rice that has been stored too long at room temperature. Toxins produced by Bacillus cereus cause illness characterized by nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually develop between 30 minutes to six hours after consumption of contaminated foods. The  recalled Boudin sausages were … [Read more...]

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