June 17, 2021

What Are the Current Food Poisoning Outbreaks in the U.S.?

What are the current food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S.? There are three active foodborne illness outbreak investigations that are ongoing, and one outbreak linked to a type of bottled water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those four outbreaks do not include the active E. coli O145:H28 outbreak on the FDA's CORE Investigation Outbreak table, which has no food or facility associated with it yet. Salmonella Hadar Ground Turkey Outbreak The first current food poisoning outbreak is the Salmonella Hadar outbreak linked to ground turkey that was last updated on April 12, 2021. At least 28 people from 12 states are sick in that outbreak. Two people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. Three brands of ground turkey have been recalled in … [Read more...]

MMWR on Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O26 Infections Linked to Raw Flour

Most consumers do not recognize that raw, or uncooked, flour, is considered a health risk as this item is a raw agricultural product that has not undergone a kill step to eliminate pathogens. In the April 23, 2021 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a study is presented that looked at the 2019 multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 linked to raw flour. On February 20, 2019, PulseNet identified six Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26:H11 infections with the same DNA fingerprint. This pattern matched infections from a July 2018 outbreak that was associated with ground beef. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched an investigation to identify the outbreak source. Investigators first thought the outbreak was linked to ground beef  because … [Read more...]

Real Water Hepatitis Outbreak Increases to 11 Sick and 1 Probable Case

The Real Water hepatitis outbreak has increased to 11 people sick and 1 probable case, according to an update from the FDA. This is a non-viral hepatitis outbreak, which means that particular brand of alkalized water may have caused liver inflammation. This outbreak is not caused by the contagious hepatitis virus. The one probable case meets the case definition but has not been tested for viral hepatitis to rule that out. There are three kinds of non-viral hepatitis. The first is caused by consuming too much alcohol; the second is an auto-immune disease where the immune system attacks the liver; and the third is caused by chemicals, prescription and non-prescription medications, and nutritional supplements. This is an increase of six new cases since the last update was released … [Read more...]

Jules Cashew Brie Salmonella Outbreak: What Is Cashew Brie?

The Jules Cashew Brie Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least five people in three states and hospitalized two people. The outbreak is linked to a food called cashew brie that is vegan. But what is cashew brie? We don't know the exact formula used to make the Jules vegan cheese product. But we do know that cashew brie is a vegan cheese substitute that is made from raw cashews that are soaked in water, then blended with salt and usually inoculated with a safe bacteria that flavors the product. The "cheese" is aged to allow the fermentation process turn the cashew mixture into something that really resembles real cheese. Unfortunately, raw nuts can be contaminated with pathogens. Nuts may not seem like a food that is easily contaminated with bacteria because of their low water … [Read more...]

Jule’s Cashew Brie Salmonella Duisburg Outbreak Sickens 5 in 3 States

The FDA has posted a notice saying that a Jule's Cashew Brie Salmonella Duisburg outbreak has sickened at least five people in three states. The CDC has not yet posted an outbreak investigation notice. Jule's Foods recalled all of their products for possible Salmonella contamination on April 22, 2021. Jule's Cashew Brie is a vegan or plant-based cheese alternative. The firm is located in Carlsbad, California. Salmonella Duisburg is considered a rare serotype of this pathogen. The case count by state is: California (2), Florida (1), and Tennessee (2). Two people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The last illness onset date was February 27, 2021. We don't yet now the patient age ranges. These products were distributed in these states: Arkansas, California, … [Read more...]

All Jule’s Foods Recalled For Salmonella Contamination and Outbreak

All Jule's Foods recalled for Salmonella contamination and an outbreak, according to an FDA recall notice. The notice states that the FDA and CDC are investigating this outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet released any information about this outbreak, but there is a new Salmonella Duisburg outbreak that was posted on the FDA's Core Investigation Table on April 22, 2021 with five people sick. We still don't know the patient age range, illness onset dates, or whether anyone has been hospitalized. The FDA has preliminary confirmation of Salmonella in Jule's Foods brie products that contain cashews. The company is working with the FDA to find the source of the pathogen in samples that were collected by the California Department of Public Health. Thus this … [Read more...]

Complaint Against Wellness Warrior For COVID-19 Consumer Act Violations

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a civil consumer complaint against Wellness Warrior for alleged violations of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act. This is the first enforcement action that alleges violations of this Act. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. According to the complaint, the defendants advertised that their vitamin D and zinc nutritional supplements could "prevent or treat COVID-19." There is no reliable or competent scientific evidence to support these claims, according to the complaint. And the defendants allegedly advertised that their supplements were "equally or more effective therapies for COVID-19 than the currently available vaccines." The government is claiming … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Duisburg Outbreak; Salmonella Miami Outbreak Closed

On the FDA CORE Investigation table, a new Salmonella Duisburg outbreak has been identified, while the unsolved Salmonella Miami outbreak has been closed. Five people are sick in the new Salmonella Duisburg outbreak. Products and/or facilities linked to this new outbreak have not been identified. We do not know the patient age range, illness onset dates, or possible hospitalizations of the patients, nor do we have any clues to what the FDA may be investigating. No recall has been initiated, no traceback has been started, no on-site inspections have been initiated, and the government has not started sample collection and analysis. The FDA does not release any of this information unless they know of actions that consumers can take to protect themselves. So people have to follow the … [Read more...]

Possible Illinois Outbreak May Be Associated With Jimmy John’s

A possible Illinois outbreak may be associated with a Jimmy John's restaurant, according to a piece in The Pantagraph, Many of those sickened were student athletes who go to school at Illinois State University (ISU). The first reports of illnesses were received by the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on April 7, 2021. One Jimmy John's restaurant, located at  203 West Market Street in Bloomington, Illinois, was temporarily closed, but no official is stating that there is any connection between that facility and any illnesses. There are five Jimmy John's locations in the area. According to iwaspoisoned.com, public officials are investigating "multiple reports" of illness in that county. The MCHD Communicable Disease Division is trying to discover the exact cause of the … [Read more...]

Non-Viral Hepatitis Real Water Still Being Sold; A Number of People Sickened

The FDA has updated its investigation into the non-viral hepatitis real water outbreak, and the agency states that this water is still being sold through online retailers. The statement also reinforces the face that more people other than the five Nevada children have been sickened, stating that "a number of reports" of acute non-viral hepatitis have been received that are associated with Real Water brand alkaline water. The FDA is working to locate any remaining products to make sure they are not available to consumers. Since it is illegal to sell recalled products, the government is going to "follow up" with retailers as officials become aware of this brand being offered for sale Since the last update on March 31, 2021, FDA investigators have completed inspections at the Real … [Read more...]

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