October 15, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pot ‘O Gold Dairy Raw Milk in Bear Lake, PA

A Salmonella outbreak has been linked to raw milk from Pot 'O Gold Dairy Specialties in Bear Lake, Warren County. That dairy is located in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Department of Agriculture released information about the outbreak late yesterday. So far, nine cases of Salmonella food poisoning have been diagnosed and confirmed. The press release did not state the ages of the patients, whether or not anyone has been hospitalized, or the illness onset dates. The raw whole milk was sold in glass half gallon containers with the Pot 'O Gold label at 16 stores in these counties: Erie, Crawford, McKean, Warren, and Venango. The milk that was sold from September 10, 2018 to the present is part of this recall. The milk was sold at these Crawford County facilities: Buck and … [Read more...]

Arizona and Colorado Hit Hard in JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

The states of Arizona and Colorado are hit the hardest in the JBS Tolleson ground beef Salmonella Newport outbreak. There are at least 57 people sick in that outbreak. Arizona has 15 sick, while Colorado has 12 sick. Almost seven million pounds of ground beef has been recalled in this outbreak. JBS Tolleson is located in Tolleson, Arizona. The ground beef products, which range from beefburgers to ground beef, all have the establishment number "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection.Epidemiologic and traceback information indicates that ground beef produced by JBS TOlleson is a likely source of this outbreak. Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system, which stores isolates of pathogenic bacteria, to help them identify people who may be part of this outbreak. … [Read more...]

JBS Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak: Recall Expands, Distribution List Published

The recall and distribution lists related to the JBS ground beef Salmonella outbreak have expanded. Last week we told you about the Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to those products that has sickened at least 57 people in 16 states. Now, another 400,000 pounds of ground beef products have been recalled, bringing the total to 6,937,195 pounds. You can see the long list of products, where the ground beef may have been sold, and pictures of products labels at the USDA web site. The product brand names include Kroger Cedar River Farms, Connor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, and Showcase. The ground beef products were probably sold nationwide, and more specifically, in the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, … [Read more...]

JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 57; Some May Sue

The JBS Tolleson ground beef Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 57 people in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fourteen people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to September 6, 2018. The case count by state is: Arizona (15), California (4), Colorado (12), Idaho (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Minnesota (1), Montana (5), Nevada (2), Ohio (2), Oregon (1), South Dakota (2), Utah (6), and Wyoming (2). The patient age range is from less than one year to 88. Thirty-one percent of patients have been hospitalized. In interviews, 92% of the 39 people investigators questioned said they ate ground beef at home before they got sick. Several patients … [Read more...]

JBS Ground Beef Associated with Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

JBS Tolleson of Tolleson, Arizona is recalling about 6,500,966 pounds of raw, non-intact beef products (ground beef) because these products are associated with a Salmonella Newport outbreak. This outbreak has sickened at least 57 people in 16 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not issued any outbreak notice yet for this JBS ground beef outbreak. The outbreak notice was contained within the recall notice. Some of these products were sold at Walmart. FSIS was notified of an investigation of Salmonella Newport illnesses. Those people reported consumption of several different USDA related products. A store receipt, potentially linking the purchase to a patient was received on September 19, 2018. FSIS then started traceback of ground beef products. Eight … [Read more...]

Johnston County Ham Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Sickens 4 With One Death; Lawsuits Possible

A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been linked to ready-to-eat Johnston County Ham Products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people were sickened in this Johnston County Ham Listeria outbreak; all four have been hospitalized, and one person has died. Johnston County Hams recalled five of their products after this outbreak was identified. Check your freezer to see if you have purchased any of these products. If you have, throw them away or take them back, even if some ham was eaten and no one got sick. Bacteria are not always distributed evenly throughout food. The patient case count by state in this Johnston County Ham Listeria outbreak is: North Carolina (1) and Virginia (3). The person who died lived in Virginia. The patient age range … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Shell Eggs Grows; Lawsuits May Be Filed

The Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Gravel Ridge Farms eggs has grown to include 38 people sick in 7 states, according to the CDC. Ten people have been hospitalized. That's an increase of 24 more ill persons added to the outbreak total since the last update on September 10, 2018. The case count by state is: Alabama (7), Colorado (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (4), Ohio (4), Montana (1), and Tennessee (23). Illness onset dates range from June 17, 2018 to August 16, 2018. The patient age range is from one year to 94. Thirty-one percent of these people have been hospitalized, which is high for a Salmonella outbreak. The typical hospitalization rate is about 20%. Of the 29 people interviewed in this outbreak, 76% reported eating restaurant dishes made with eggs. The FDA and their … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak Associated with Doino’s Pizzeria in Cheektowaga, New York; Lawsuits Are Possible

A hepatitis A outbreak is associated with Doino's Pizzeria Bar and Grille at 2709 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, New York. That's near Buffalo, New York. Mark Poloncarz, of Erie County, New York, posted this information on his Facebook page. There is no info about this outbreak on the Erie County Department of Health page. A cook there was diagnosed with hepatitis A. Three people have been sickened. Anyone who ate at that restaurant from August 20, 2018 to September 3, 2018, may have been infected. Unfortunately, it's too late for a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination, since those are only effective when given within 2 weeks of exposure. The outbreak was only announced yesterday, October 1, 2018. Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, … [Read more...]

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro Questions Traceback Timeline of Cargill E. coli Ground Beef Recall

Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) is questioning the traceback timeline of the Cargill Meat Solutions E. coli O26 contaminated ground beef that was linked to a deadly food poisoning outbreak. She wrote to USDA Secretary Perdue, "I write today out of concern regarding the USDA’s investigation into the ongoing multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O26, which has been linked to ground beef. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Agency was notified of an investigation of E. coli O26 illnesses on August 16, 2018. However, it was not until August 30, 2018 that the first recall related to this outbreak was initiated by Publix Super Markets Inc." When the Publix recall was announced, the USDA said they had not determined the source of the outbreak. Twenty days … [Read more...]

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella Mbandaka Outbreak Ends; Lawsuits Filed

The Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has ended, according to the CDC, after sickening 135 people in 36 stats. Thirty-four people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. However, even though the actual outbreak is ended, public helath officials are warning consumers that the danger still persists. This cereal has a very long shelf life, and some may still be in consumers' homes. In addition, two other products were recalled that were not linked to any illnesses; they were listed on FDA's Enforcement Reports. These recalls weren't announced to the general public. Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey, in 19 oz. boxes with UPC number 16000-44473, and in 14.1 ounce boxes, with UPC number 16000-45137, was recalled on July 16, 2018, … [Read more...]

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