October 1, 2016

Reno Provisions Closing; Made Dessert Linked to Twisted Fork Outbreak

According to a message on its Facebook page, Reno Provisions, the cafe that made a dessert linked to a food poisoning outbreak in Nevada in 2015, is closing. An E. coli outbreak at the Twisted Fork restaurant in Reno, Nevada last year sickened at least 22 people. Investigators at the Washoe County Health District discovered that chocolate mousse made by Reno Provisions, a store and cafe, for the restaurant was contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. Apparently a blender used for meat that was not cleaned properly before it was used again to make the mousse was the culprit. The outbreak took place in October and November, 2015. The Health District ordered Reno Provisions to establish a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system approach to address the outbreak and learn … [Read more...]

Meat Blender Contaminated Chocolate Mousse with E. coli

When an E. coli outbreak at the Twisted Fork in Reno, Nevada was linked to a dessert item prepared by another company,  many wondered: what can it be? Something containing fresh berries? Something made from unpasteurized dairy? Nope. It turns out that the chocolate mousse made for the restaurant by Reno Provisions that gave 22 people E. coli infections was contaminated when a blender used for meat that was not cleaned properly before it was used again to make the mousse. Wash County District Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a statement, "several people who ate at the Twisted Fork restaurant had the dessert, as did some other people outside the Reno area who then developed the E. coli infection. That commonality led investigators to the dessert supplier, and to tests of food and … [Read more...]

What Was in the Dessert at the Twisted Fork Restaurant?

The source of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened almost two dozen people in Reno, Nevada has been identified. The outbreak at the Twisted Fork restaurant has been linked to a dessert that was manufactured, sold, and distributed by Reno Provisions. Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a statement, "Our epidemiologists and environmental health staff have identified a dessert that was prepared by Reno Provisions. Several people who ate at the Twisted Fork restaurant had the dessert, as did some other people outside the Reno area who then developed the E. coli infection. That commonality led investigators to the dessert supplier, and to tests of food and equipment at Reno Provisions." Public health officials are now investigating the manufacturer of the … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Twisted Fork Restaurant in Reno, Nevada

At least eight people are sick in an E.coli outbreak that may be associated with the Twisted Fork restaurant in south Reno, Nevada. The Washoe County Health District is investigating. Public health officials were notified of the outbreak on November 4, 2015, with six cases reported at that time. These cases are not related to the E. coli outbreak linked to High Hill Farms apple juice in California or the outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington state. There is no information on the age range of the patients, or when they ate at the restaurant. There is also no information on whether or not people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. The restaurant is cooperating with government officials, and remains open. Dr. Randall Todd with the Washoe County Health … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Spreads to Nevada

The caramel apple Listeria outbreak has spread to an 11th state, Nevada. One person from Nevada is among the 32 people who contracted Listeria infections after eating contaminated, prepackaged, commercially prepared caramel apples. Six people have died. By state, the case count is as follows: Arizona (4), California (2), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), Nevada (1), New Mexico (6), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). The outbreak spans a huge age range from babies born prematurely to one case patient who was 92. Ten of the illnesses are associated with a pregnancy, and one pregnant woman has suffered a fetal loss. Three children under the age of 15 have been diagnosed with Listeria meningitis. A link has beeb established to Granny Smith apples … [Read more...]

Firefly Tapas Kitchen Lawsuit Puts Food Safety on Trial

A Salmonella lawsuit filed against the Las Vegas restaurant, Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, is calling into question the establishment's past food safety discipline in an attempt to achieve justice for the people who suffered serious illnesses in an outbreak that received nationwide attention back in April and May. According to a legal complaint on file in Nevada's Clark County District Court, the restaurant's food safety inspection score was so overloaded with demerits at the time of the outbreak that the facility was shut down to minimize ongoing risk to public health. It has since reopened. At Pritzker Olsen Attorneys, the case has been assigned to the firm's Bad Bug Law Team, which has been working on pre-settlement issues surrounding insurance and the lawsuit's allegations of … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Gets A Veto From Nevada Governor

A bill that would have legalized the sale of raw milk in Nevada was vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The governor cited "significant public health risks" in his veto message. While the idea was popular in the Assembly, it wasn't popular with public health officials and dairy groups that urged the governor to veto the bill. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval saying that because potentially dangerous bacteria that are often present in raw milk, legalizing it would increase the risk of serious illness for some Nevadans. NMPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak likened drinking raw milk to playing Russian roulette. “Gambling with the health of your state’s residents – particularly its … [Read more...]

Nevada Shouldn’t Gamble With Raw Milk, Say Dairy Groups

Raw milk is a public health gamble Nevada shouldn't take, say two national dairy groups.  The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)  sent a letter to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval urging him to veto legislation that would allow raw milk to be sold directly to consumers. Because of potentially dangerous bacteria that are often present in raw milk,  Assembly Bill No. 209 would increase the risk of serious illness for some Nevadans, the groups maintain. MPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak likened drinking raw milk to playing  Russian roulette. “Gambling with the health of your state’s residents – particularly its children – is a bad bet,” said Kozak in the letter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), … [Read more...]

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