July 21, 2018

Gastrointestinal Outbreak at Climb Works in Gatlinburg, Tennessee May Have Sickened Hundreds

A gastrointestinal outbreak at Climb Works in Gatlinburg, Tennessee may have sickened many people, East Tennessee Region Health Department Assistant Director Gail Harmon told Food Poisoning Bulletin. Most of those sickened visited the zipline canopy tour facility between mid-June and early July. Public health officials sent out 2,901 online surveys to the company's online ticket sales list, Harmon said. As of July 11, 2018, they had received 808 responses, with 548 stating they had become ill with the symptoms of gastrointestinal illness after visiting the venue. The survey found that the common denominator among all of those ill persons was the drinking water provided by Climb Works. Testing of that water, which came from a well, was conducted at the Knoxville State Laboratory. … [Read more...]

Kelloggs Honey Smacks Salmonella Lawsuit Filed; No Updates on Outbreak Since Mid-June

A Kelloggs Honey Smacks Salmonella lawsuit has been filed; no update on this outbreak has been issued by the CDC or FDA since mid-June. On June 15, 2018, the CDC stated that there were 73 people sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka in 31 states. Twenty-four of those patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The cereal was first recalled on June 14, 2018. Two UPC numbers of the product were recalled. The recalled product had "best if used by" dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2018. But several days later, the CDC told consumers to not eat any Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or any "best if used by" date. No explanation for this huge recall expansion was given. Consumers have been advised to throw away any Kellogg's … [Read more...]

Large Proportion of Minnesota Residents Sickened in Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak; Lawsuits Filed

The huge Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak has sickened 212 people in four states. Of those patients, at least 54 live in Minnesota. The last update posted by the FDA was on July 5, 2018. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who is representing many of those sickened in this outbreak and has filed several lawsuits, said, "There are many Kwik Trip facilities, where many of the Del Monte products were sold, in Minnesota and in Wisconsin, where more than 100 people are sick. We expect that this Del Monte cyclospora outbreak will probably grow, since there is a time lag from when a person gets sick and they visit their doctor and are diagnosed with this parasitic infection." Del Monte has recalled three sizes of vegetable trays that are associated with this outbreak. They are 6 ounce and 12 ounce … [Read more...]

Kitty’s Restaurant and Lounge in North Reading, MA Closed After Suspected Salmonella Outbreak; Some May Sue

Kitty's Restaurant and Lounge on Main Street in North Reading, Massachusetts has been closed after an alleged Salmonella outbreak. Omar Cabrera of the Communications Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that eleven cases are confirmed. Apparently, 39 people have complained to officials that they got sick after eating at that facility. All 11 confirmed cases have exposure to food prepared by that restaurant. According to NBC Boston, the outbreak apparently started on June 23, 2018. The North Reading Department of health has focused on the antipasto as the possible source of pathogenic bacteria. Public health officials conducted an investigation of the facility on July 23, 2018. The restaurant was closed for cleaning and sanitation … [Read more...]

Meech Dairy Farm Ordered to Stop Distributing Adulterated Meat

The Meech Dairy Farm in Sebeka, Minnesota, has been ordered to stop distributing meat in interstate commerce by the U.S. District Court District of Minnesota. A consent decree of permanent injunction was entered against the farm and its co-owners Todd Meech and Patty Meech on Monday, July 9, 2018. A complaint was filed by the Department of Justice alleging violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The defendants will be required to "establish and implement a quarantine or segregation system that ensures ready distinction between medicated and unmediated animals and that prevents defendants from selling or delivering for food slaughter any animals with illegal new animal drug residues in their edible tissues," before they can resume introducing "animals and their edible … [Read more...]

Will Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Continue to Grow? Lawyer Explains

Will the Del Monte Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 212 people, mostly in Minnesota and Wisconsin this summer, continue to grow? Attorney and food safety expert Fred Pritzker, who is representing many clients with lawsuits in this outbreak, explains that the answer may be yes. At least 152 people in Wisconsin and 54 people in Minnesota are sick in this outbreak. At least 2 people are ill in Michigan, and five in Iowa. While these numbers are current as of July 5, 2018., any illnesses that began after May 24, 2018 may not have been reported to government officials yet. "It takes time for word of these cases to reach public health officials," Fred said. "A person has to get sick, decide to visit a doctor, get tested, and then the test results must be evaluated. … [Read more...]

Tennessee E. coli Outbreak That Sickened 15 Children Had Two Sources; Lawsuits Possible

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Knox County, Tennessee that sickened fifteen children had two sources, according to the Knox County Health Department. Fifteen confirmed cases were reported to KCHD in the last several weeks in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Nine of those children were hospitalized because they were so sick in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Seven patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Of the children who were hospitalized, one remains in fair condition at Tennessee Children's Hospital. Lab reports confirmed that two different strains of E. coli O157 bacteria caused these illnesses. KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said in a statement, "“While it is rare, it appears we had two sets of children sickened by two different strains … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with I Love Sushi and Sodex Cafe Mario in Redmond, WA; Lawsuits Are Possible

A Shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreak (STEC) associated with I Love Sushi and Sodex Cafe Mario in Redmond, Washington has been announced by Public Health - Seattle & King County. Four people are sick in this outbreak; one person has been hospitalized. The restaurants are located at Nintendo of America at 4600 150th Avenue NE in Redmond. The people who were sickened ate there during the time frame of June 18 - 22, 2018. The restaurants had current ratings of Good for I Love Sushi and Excellent for Cafe Mario. The press release states that Cafe Mario is operated by Sodexo and is not open to the public. Officials have not yet identified the source of the illnesses. They have also not released the patient age range, and have not said whether anyone has developed hemolytic … [Read more...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Outbreak Has Sickened 212 In IA, MN, WI, MI; Attorney Explains Lawsuits

The Del Monte cyclospora outbreak linked to recalled Vegetable Trays has now sickened 212 people in four states, according to the FDA. Seven people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. Those numbers are current as of July 5, 2018. The recalled Del Monte trays were sold in 6 ounce and 12 ounce sizes; they contained broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and dill dip and were sold in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Del Monte is also recalling "small veggie trays" in 28 ounce packages, which included broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower, and dill dip. The larger product was sold in Illinois and Indiana. The expiration of the trays was June 17, 2018. They were sold to Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax … [Read more...]

Goodleaf Daikon Radish Microgreens Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Goodleaf brand Daikon Radish microgreens have been recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The product was sold at the retail level in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The recalled product is Goodleaf Daikon Radish microgreens, in 75 gram packages. The codes on the product are BB/MA JN 30 LOT#MR088 and the UPC number is 6 28451 71410 1. If you have this product in your home, don't eat it. Throw it away in a double bagged or sealed package, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a solution of 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to one gallon of warm water. Wipe down the shelves and wipe all food packages with … [Read more...]

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