April 23, 2019

Raw Chicken Salmonella Infantis Outbreak: Number 9 in Top Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2018

The raw chicken Salmonella Infantis outbreak was the number 9 largest food poisoning outbreak of 2018, with at least 92 people sickened in 29 states. Twenty-one people were hospitalized in this outbreak. The CDC notice stated that "many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and are making people sick." That broad statement is bad news for the American consumer. A single supplier of raw chicken products hasn't been identified. That means that the outbreak strain is present in live chickens and in many type of raw chicken products, meaning it may be widespread in the chicken industry. Food safety experts have warned consumers for years to treat raw chicken as if it is contaminated. And this outbreak is scattered all over … [Read more...]

Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2018: Salmonella in Melons

It's time for the Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2018! Number 10 is the Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that was linked to pre-cut melons. It was very easy to choose this list this year, since there were so many outbreaks. Those that didn't make the list included the current romaine E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and the two Salmonella outbreaks that were linked to shell eggs. In this outbreak, at least 77 people in nine states were sickened. Thirty-six people were hospitalized, which is a very high percentage for a Salmonella outbreak. All of the epidemiologic and traceback evidenced found that pre-cut melons supplied by Caito Foods was the likely source of this outbreak. Most of those sickened said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix made with melon from … [Read more...]

Johnston County Hams Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Ends With 4 Sick

The Johnston County Hams Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has ended with four sick, according to a notice posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person who lived in Virginia died, and the remaining four patients were hospitalized because they were so sick. Johnston County Hams, located in Smithfield, North Carolina, recalled their ham products on October 3, 2018 because of this outbreak. Several other secondary recalls were issued. The products that were recalled include: Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019 Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Washington Linked to Costco Cucumbers; Lawsuits Possible

A Salmonella outbreak in Washington state has been linked to Costco cucumbers that were sold in those stores in August and September, 2018. At least six people are sick in this outbreak. The outbreak notice did not state whether or not anyone has been hospitalized, the patient age range, or when the illnesses began. It also did not name the strain of Salmonella that has sickened people. The case count by county is: King (1), Snohomish (1), Thurston (1), Yakima (2), and Pierce (1). All were sickened with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. Five of the six people sickened said they bought and ate Costco cucumbers English cucumbers from various stores in the state. These are English cucumbers that were sold in three-packs of individually wrapped cucumbers. If you purchased … [Read more...]

E. coli O26 Outbreak Associated With Homegrown Restaurants in Washington State; Lawsuits May Be Filed

King County Public Health is investigating an E. coli O26 outbreak that is associated with Homegrown restaurants in the Washington state area. The restaurants are located in Redmond, Kirkland, and Seattle on Westlake Avenue. Four people are sick in this outbreak. No one has been hospitalized, and no one has died. This outbreak is caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria, that can cause serious illness. Four people have tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria after eating food from three different Homegrown restaurants in King County. All four patients ate the chicken pesto sandwich from one of those locations. Three of the patients are adults, and one is a child. The illness onset dates ranges from April 24 to May 6, 2018. Exact meal dates are not known for all … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 HUS Linked to Romaine Investigated by Lawyers

The FDA has weighed in on the multistate E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. Now 121 people in 25 states are sick. Fifty-two people are in the hospital, and 14 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a kind of kidney failure. One person in California has died. Lawyers are asking:  how did the romaine lettuce get contaminated? The FDA has received confirmation from the Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement that is administered by the Arizona Department of Agriculture that romaine lettuce is no longer being grown and distributed form the Yuma growing region. The product, however, has a 21-day shelf life, so officials can't be sure that the lettuce from this region is not in the supply chain. Public … [Read more...]

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