April 20, 2018

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, Alaska May Be Linked to Nationwide Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, Alaska may be connected to the nationwide outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The Department of Health & Social Services, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Department of Corrections issued a joint press release about this outbreak. Eight confirmed cases have been identified. The romaine lettuce consumed by the Nome patients was grown in Yuma, Arizona, according to investigators. State officials are telling Alaskans to avoid any romaine lettuce products that could be contaminated. Restaurants, retailers, and consumers should ask their suppliers about the source of the lettuce. This statement, for the first time, says that consumers should avoid whole head and … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure for Customers of Edible Arrangements in Murray, Utah

A food worker at Edible Arrangements at 5211 South State Street in Murray, Utah has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a press release issued by the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD). That person worked between March 21 and April 13, 2018. Health officials think that this store sold about 600 arrangements of fruit during this time period. The store was closed on April 17 and sanitation will occur, under the supervision of the Department of Health. All store employees must be vaccinated before they return to work. Anyone who ate any food prepared at that location during that time period may have been exposed to the pathogenic virus. If you are one of those people, call 385-468-4636 for further instructions. The phone line will be staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 … [Read more...]

FDA Finds Rodent Infestation at Rose Acre Farms, Where Eggs Caused Salmonella Braenderup Outbreak

The FDA has released a report about inspections at Rose Acre Farms - Hyde County Egg, the facility that has had to recall more than 200 million eggs after a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak sickened 23 people in 8 states. The facility was inspected several ties from March 26 to April 11, 2018. The report said that the "corrective actions taken by your firm have not been effective at reducing the rodent levels within y9our poultry houses to an acceptable level." The threshold for "acceptable rodent activity" is established in the company's Salmonella prevention plan. Inspectors observed many live rodents: in the inspection on March 26, 2018, they were seen in the manure pit, running across the upper level floor, multiple live rodents running around the staging area in the pit, and … [Read more...]

Law Firm Investigates 53 Illnesses, 31 Hospitalizations in E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Chopped Romaine

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to chopped romaine lettuce has now sickened 53 people in 16 states. Thirty-one people have been hospitalized because they have been so sick, and five people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of this infection that can cause kidney failure. That is an addition of 18 people to the outbreak total in just five days. Five more states have been added to the list. Nine more hospitalizations have now been included in the total, and two more patients have developed HUS. The case count by state is: Alaska (2), Arizona (3), California (1, Connecticut (2), Idaho (10), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (2), Missouri (1), Montana (6), New Jersey (7), New York (2), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (12), Virginia (1), … [Read more...]

Worker at Buffalo Wild Wings in Warren, Michigan Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A food worker at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at 29287 Mound Road in Warren, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a notice posted by the. Macomb County Health Department. Anyone who ate food or drank beverages at that restaurant from March 24, 2018 through April 9, 2018 may have been exposed to the virus. If you ate at that specific Buffalo Wild Wings location before April 4, 2018, it's too late for a vaccination against the illness. The hepatitis A and immune globulin vaccinations are only good for two weeks after exposure. All you can do is monitor your health for the symptoms of this illness. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, fever, chills, diarrhea, clay colored stools, dark urine, vomiting, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). These symptoms can … [Read more...]

CDC Issues Report on Salmonella Braenderup Infections Linked to Rose Acre Farms Eggs

At least twenty-three people are sick in the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that is linked to eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms, according to the CDC. Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs on April 13, 2018. The outbreak was originally announced in an FDA recall notice. These eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in these states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The eggs were sold under these brand names: Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, and Sunshine Farms. You can identify the eggs by looking for the plant number P-1065 and the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on the carton. The case count by state is: … [Read more...]

Nine People in Pennsylvania Sick in E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Lettuce Outbreak; One Has HUS

Nine people in Pennsylvania are sick in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak the CDC has linked to chopped romaine lettuce. Six of those people have been hospitalized, and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a kind of kidney failure, according to Nate Wardle, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This is not the same outbreak as the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that took place in November and December 2017. In that outbreak, which was linked to leafy greens, 25 people in 15 states were sick, two developed HUS, and one death was reported from California. In this new outbreak, officials believe that chopped romaine lettuce from the growing region in Yuma, Arizona is linked to the illness. The first illness was reported on March 22, … [Read more...]

FDA Adds Its Voice to Multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce

The FDA is adding its voice to the multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to chopped romaine from the Yuma growing region in Arizona. Last week, Food Poisoning Bulletin told you that government officials did not have a specific food in mind. On Friday, the CDC announced that the chopped greens were the likely source. Thirty-five people in 11 states are sick in this E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak. Ninety-three percent of the patients interviewed said they ate romaine lettuce the week before they got sick. Most of those people ate salad at a restaurant; romaine lettuce was the common ingredient. The restaurants said they used bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make the salads. The FDA, in conjunction with federal, state, and local partners, found that the chopped … [Read more...]

Shell Eggs Recalled After Twenty-two People Sickened with Salmonella Infections

Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, is recalling 206,749,248 shell eggs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. There are reports that twenty-two people have been sickened with this type of bacteria. The FDA recall notice states that "The voluntary recall was a result of some illnesses reported on the U.S. East Coast, which led to extensive interviews and eventually a thorough FDA inspection of the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day. The facility includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily." You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the package sizes and the carton UPC numbers, at the FDA web site. The products include the brands of Country Daybreak, Food Lion eggs, Loose USDA, Nelms A Jumbo, … [Read more...]

Idaho Hard Hit in E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce

Idaho has been hard hit in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that the CDC has linked to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area. Eight people in that state are ill with this serious infection. Three of those patients have been hospitalized; two have developed a type of kidney failure that sometimes occurs with this infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). All of the patients told investigators that they ate romaine lettuce in the 10 days before they got sick. All of the patients are adults between the ages of 20 and 55. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak. While government officials believe that the lettuce came from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, no specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified. And no … [Read more...]

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