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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Aspen Chicken Grows

A Salmonella outbreak linked raw, frozen breaded chicken products from Aspen Foods has sickened five people in Minnesota hospitalizing two of them. The company, which has been linked to other Salmonella outbreaks, has a systemic Salmonella problem, the USDA said two weeks ago. The current outbreak, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June, followed another Salmonella outbreak linked to the same products a year earlier. Between August 17, 2014 and September 27, 2014 six people in Minnesota got Salmonella infections from Antioch Farms brand frozen, raw Chicken Kiev produced at the Aspen Foods facility in Chicago. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health said that during interviews with case patients they learned that some of them followed … [Read more...]

Salmonella Sickens 14 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit

At least 14 patients at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit were diagnosed with Salmonella infections last week. While hospital staff members try to find out how the outbreak occurred, seven people remain hospitalized. Hospitals officials said in a statement to local media that they did not believe the outbreak was caused by contaminated food. So how did they get a foodborne illness? Salmonellosis is considered a foodborne illness because Salmonella bacteria are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning that fecal matter containing the bacteria is ingested. If the food itself was not contaminated that leaves four possibilities. One, a hospital employee who is a food handler showed up for work with a Salmonella infection, used the bathroom, did not wash hands properly and … [Read more...]

Kermit Sauces Recalled for Undeclared Soy and Wheat

Kermit, Inc. of Florida is voluntarily recalling some of their cocktail, steak, hot, and barbecue sauces and marinades because they may contain undeclared soy and wheat, two of the major food allergens. People who are allergic to soy and/or wheat could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume these products. People with celiac disease could have a serious adverse health reaction if they eat anything containing wheat. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The products recalled for undeclared soy include Kermit’s Key Lime Cocktail Sauce, Net Wt. 12-ounces, with Best By Sep/1/2016; Kermit’s Key Lime Steak Sauce, Net Wt. 10-ounces, with Best By Aug/18/2016; and Kermit’s Sweet & Tasty Key Lime Barbeque Sauce, Net Wt. … [Read more...]

Another Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in the Bronx Sickens 7

The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' Disease cases in the Morris  Park section of the Bronx. This outbreak is not related to the summer outbreak in the South Bronx linked to the Opera House Hotel. Patients live or work in Morris Park. They range in age from 45 to 75 and are all currently in the hospital. No deaths have been reported to date. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement, "we are investigating a cluster of seven cases of Legionnaires' Disease in Morris Park. I urge all New Yorkers to seek care immediately if they have flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, or difficulty breathing. The Department is taking immediate steps to determine the source and protect the people who live and … [Read more...]

Deadly Salmonella Cucumber Outbreak Grows to 671 Sick

The Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers imported by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce has grown to include 671 people sick in 34 states. Three people have died from their infections, and 131 people have been hospitalized. Alabama was added to the list of states with ill persons. This is an increase of 113 cases since the last update on September 22, 2015. Now, 51% of ill persons are children younger than the age of 18. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Alaska (13), Arizona (112), Arkansas (9), California (164), Colorado (17), Hawaii (1), Idaho (22), Illinois (8), Indiana (2), Iowa (5), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Minnesota (34), Missouri (10), Montana (14), Nebraska (5), Nevada (13), New Mexico (30), New York (5), North Dakota (3), Ohio (2), … [Read more...]

Did You Have a Listeria Infection in the Last Five Years?

A strange outbreak was announced this month by the FDA and CDC. At least 22 people were sick with five rare and very similar strains of Listeria monocytogenes; 22 of them were hospitalized. That's not uncommon, but here's the weird part: those illnesses began in 2010. Government officials investigated, and found that 83% of those patients reported eating soft cheeses in the month before they got sick. Further investigation found that four of seven ill people specified a brand of soft cheese distributed by Karoun Dairies of San Fernando, California. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis of two environmental samples collected by the FDA showed Listeria monocytogenes bacteria that is "highly related" to the outbreak strains found in sick people. Those samples were collected at Central … [Read more...]

Mr. Goodcents Recalls Cookies for Undeclared Peanuts

Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems of Kansas is voluntarily recalling Chocolate Chip Cookies because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who are allergic to peanuts could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No reports of illness associated with the consumption of these cookies has been reported to date. The cookies were distributed to Mr. Goodcents restaurants located in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. They are sold in individual bags that indicate the cookie is one of three varieties. One of those varieties is the Chocolate Chip Cookie. The product is sold in a 2.5 ounce bag with no identifying codes. The cookies involved in this recall were sold between 8/31/15 and 9/22/15. A restaurant employee identified two … [Read more...]

Salmonella Thompson Outbreak in North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Health has announced that there is a Salmonella outbreak in that state. Since July 20, twenty-two cases of Salmonella Thompson have been reported. These infections all have the same genetic pattern. That means that the infections probably came from a common source, but officials do not yet know what that is. They don't know if a common food source, drink, or event made these people sick. The bacteria are tested using a procedure called pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and their DNA is mapped, or fingerprinted. When two or more people have infections caused by bacteria with the same genetic pattern, an outbreak is declared. Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the Division of Disease Control said in a statement, "illness may be more severe … [Read more...]

Pink Burgers Again; Vermont Worthy Burger E. coli Outbreak

The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a cluster of E. coli infections among Vermont residents. At least seven people may be sick with this illness, which is caused by shiga toxin-producing bacteria (STEC). Worthy Burger voluntarily closed for five days beginning on September 17, 2015, but has stated that the closure was for "mechanical issues". Still, the restaurant changed its vendors under recommendation from public health officials after the outbreak was announced. The Health Department also recommended that Worthy Burger cooks make sure hamburgers are cooked to 155°F as measured with a food thermometer and held at that temperature for at least 15 seconds. The restaurant was also supposed to do a thorough cleaning, and warn customers that eating raw or undercooked meat … [Read more...]

Eighteen Sick in Washington State with Salmonella from Cucumbers

According to the Washington State Department of Health, at least 18 resident are sick with Salmonella Poona infections linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. Nationwide, at least 558 people are sick in this outbreak. The eighteen people sick in Washington live in these counties: Clark (3), King (5), Kitsap (2), Pierce (3), Snohomish (3), Thurston (1) and Yakima (1). None of those patients were hospitalized. State health officials are working with the CDC and FDA on this investigation. The case count by state as of September 11, 2015 is: Alaska (12), Arizona (95), Arkansas (8), California (120), Colorado (17), Hawaii (1), Idaho (20), Illinois (8), Indiana (2), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (4), Minnesota (29), Missouri (9), … [Read more...]

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