September 24, 2021

La Mex Salmonella Outbreak in Morris, Illinois Sickens Eight

A La Mex Salmonella outbreak in Morris, Illinois has sickened at least eight people, according to a press release by the Grundy County Health Department. That restaurant is located at 115 East Jackson Street. The restaurant has closed voluntarily and is cooperating with the health department investigation. This outbreak may be part of a multistate Salmonella outbreak, according to the press release. Officials from the FDA, CDC, and local health partners are investigating this outbreak. Officials say that the patients ate at that restaurant between August 31, 2021 and September 7, 2021. If you dined there during that time frame and have been ill with the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, see your doctor. The health department said that the outbreak doesn't appear to be … [Read more...]

Tyson Cooked Chicken Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Ends

The Tyson cooked chicken Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has ended with three people sick, three hospitalized, and one person dead, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak was declared over as of September 10, 2021. The patient case count by state is: Delaware (1), and Texas (2). The patient age range was from 60 to 95 years. Illness onset dates ranged from April 6, 2021 to June 5, 2021. All three people were living in long-term care facilities or hospitals when they got sick. Tyson recalled ready to eat chicken products in relation to this outbreak. The recall was expanded once, and there was one secondary recall for Circle K chicken salads and sandwiches that was also expanded once. The chicken may also have been used to make deli … [Read more...]

El Sombrero Salmonella Outbreak Updated by McHenry County DOH

The El Sombrero Salmonella outbreak investigation has been updated by the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH). That county has still not named the number of people sickened in the outbreak or released any information about the patient age range, illness onset dates, or if anyone has been hospitalized. The restaurant is located in Fox River Grove, Illinois. Officials want to remind anyone who ate at that restaurant recently that if they are in sensitive occupations, they should exclude themselves from work and school and seek medical evaluations if they are experiencing any symptoms of gastrointestinal illness. Sensitive occupations include food handlers, daycare workers, and healthcare workers. If you are in a sensitive occupation and develop symptoms of Salmonella food … [Read more...]

Two Cyclospora Outbreaks Continue To Grow With No Source Named

Two cyclospora outbreaks continue to grow with no source named, according to the FDA's Core Outbreak Investigation Table. The first outbreak has increased by three cases to 38 sick, and the second has increased by one case to 127. And there is no information about the possible source of these illnesses. These two clusters are a subset of the total number of domestically-acquired cyclospsoriaiss cases in the United States at this time. At least 864 people in this country have been sickened by this parasite since May 2021. The case count of the overall numbers has increased by 402 since the last CDC update on July 29 ,2021. Traceback and site inspections have occurred for the larger outbreak, but the FDA is not releasing any information about these investigations unless they think … [Read more...]

Jackson County Oregon E. coli Outbreak Update: 16 Sick, 12 Hospitalized

The Jackson County E. coli outbreak has been updated by the Jackson County Department of Health in their September 2021 Flash Report.  The number of cases remains at 16, with 12 patients hospitalized. There has been no change in the number of patients since the last update in late August, 2021. However, there is more information in this update about the patients themselves. The patient age range is from 11 months to 65 years, with the median age 23.5 years. Most of those sickened are in their teens and twenties, and most are male. County health officials are working with the Oregon Health Authority on this Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreak. There is still not a definitive hypothesis on the source of infection. Genome sequencing has been completed on patient isolates, … [Read more...]

El Sombrero Salmonella Outbreak in Fox River Grove, Illinois

An El Sombrero Salmonella outbreak in Fox River Grove, Illinois has sickened an unnamed number of people, according to the McHenry County Department of Health. The restaurant is located at 314 Lincoln Avenue in that city. The business has voluntarily closed and is cooperating with public health officials during the investigation. The county is asking that anyone who ate there from August 23, 2021 to September 3, 2021 complete a survey to assist the county in collecting data to conduct a comprehensive investigation of this outbreak. The survey is a secure and is HIPAA compliant, and no personal or medical information will be released. The survey includes questions about symptoms, illness onset, doctor's visits, and foods that were eaten at the restaurant. Even if you ate there and … [Read more...]

One of Two Cyclospora Outbreaks Increases Again to at Least 126 Sick

With little information, one of the two cyclospora outbreaks had increased again to at least 126 sick, adding seven more patients in just one day according to the FDA's Outbreak Investigation Table.. And while traceback has begun, at least one on-site inspection launched, samples collected, and analysis initiated, the public still does not know what food has caused this outbreak. Most of these outbreaks are caused by contaminated produce. Previous cyclospora outbreaks have been linked to fresh basil, bagged salads, mesclun lettuce, cilantro, raspberries, and Del Monte vegetable trays. Unfortunately, sometimes a source is never identified. The cyclospora parasite undergoes a very specific life cycle that makes it infectious. The oocysts are deposited on produce through feces, as … [Read more...]

CDC: Avoid Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Trays With Best By 2/11/22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the Salmonella outbreak linked to Italian-style meats. Their new recommendation is that consumers should avoid all Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Trays with the best by dates of 2/11/22 (February 11, 2022) and before, rather than just the one product that has been recalled. The one currently recalled product is Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto prosciutto, soppressata, Milano salami, and coppa in 24 ounce vacuum sealed trays. Each tray contains two 12-ounce packages with "best by" dates on or before February 11, 2022. The UPC number that is stamped on the label is 073541305316. And the establishment number "EST. 7543B" is printed inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was recalled on August 27, … [Read more...]

Active Food Poisoning Outbreak Investigations From FDA and USDA

What are the current active food poisoning outbreak investigations that the FDA and USDA are investigating? While there have been several outbreak investigations that have closed, there are still six open investigations on the FDA Outbreak Table, and one, possibly two, investigations on the USDA Table. On the FDA Table, there are two cyclospora outbreak investigations. Neither has any product linked to it. The first outbreak has 37 patients, an increase of two more patients since the last update 12 days ago. Traceback has been initiated, but there has been no on-site inspection, no sample collection, and no analysis. The second cyclospora outbreak has 119 patients, an increase of one patient since the last update. Traceback has begun, on-site inspection has been initiated, and … [Read more...]

Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Trays Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Trays are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. About 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto meat tray products may be contaminated with Salmonella Infantis or Salmonella Typhimurium. This product has been named in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 36 people in 17 states. The ready to eat uncured antipasto meat trays were produced on February 28, 2021 through August 15, 2021. The recalled product is 24-ounce trays containing two 12-ounce packages of Fratelli Beretta Uncured Antipasto Prosciutto, Soppressata, Milano Salami, and Coppa. The best by dates on the product are AUG 27 21 through FEB 11 22. The UPC number on this item is 073541305316. Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Trays have the establishment number "EST. 7543B" printed … [Read more...]

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