May 27, 2023

Baynes Sound Oysters May Be Contaminated With Norovirus

Baynes Sound Oysters may be contaminated with norovirus, according to the FDA. That agency has issued an alert warning restaurants and retailers to avoid selling the shellfish from British Columbia, and warning consumers not to eat them raw. The FDA is working with state, local, and federal officials and with Canadian officials on a norovirus outbreak that is linked to raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada. Illnesses have only been reported in Canada. There are no known cases of notorious in the U.S. that are associated with these oysters. But it's possible that states received these oysters through distribution to the United States. The oysters were harvested between January 16, 2023 and February 17, 2023, from Deep Bay in the Baynes Sound subarea 14-8. Landfiles included in … [Read more...]

Monical’s Pizza in IL Temporarily Closed After Illnesses Reported

Monical's Pizza, in Washington, Illinois, has temporarily closed after reports of illness, according to news reports. About 150 patrons reported symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, chills, and nausea, according to the Tazewell County Health Department. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued the closure. Patients are reportedly recovering within 12 to 24 hours. The restaurant is located at 6 Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington, Illinois. It closed on Saturday, November 26, 2022 and may open today. The closure will give the restaurant time to conduct a deep cleaning and discard food. The employees of Monical's Pizza will be retrained on personal hygiene, handwashing, and when to report illness. The cause of the illnesses has not yet been determined. Given … [Read more...]

What Are Common Food Poisoning Pathogen Incubation Periods?

Every time there is an outbreak and the cause or pathogen is not immediately apparent, investigators have several clues they can use to help them solve it. One is the incubation period, of the time between when a person eats contaminated food and they start getting sick. These facts are complicated by the fact that most people think the last thing they ate made them sick, which is often not the case. What are common food poisoning pathogen incubation periods? All pathogens have different incubation periods that can range from hours to days or even weeks and months. While there is always a range, these incubation periods are true across all outbreaks. Common Food Poisoning Pathogen Incubation Periods Bacillus cereus can cause illness especially in foods that have been sitting out … [Read more...]

Gelato Artigianale Raspberry Gelato Recalled For Possible Norovirus

Gelato Artigianale Raspberry Gelato is being recalled in Canada for possible norovirus contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Angelo's Italian Market Inc. in London, Ontario. The recalled product is Gelato Artigianale al gusto di Raspberry Gelato that is sold in 1 liter packages. The UPC number that is printed on the label is 0 000000 067430. There are no codes on this item; it was sold at Angelo's Italian Market Inc., which is located at 755 Wonderland Road North, in London, Ontario, up to and including June 14, 2022. The raspberries used to make this product may be contaminated with the virus. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results. If you bought this … [Read more...]

Revive Superfoods Smoothies and Oats Recalled For Possible Norovirus

Revive Superfoods Smoothies and Oats are being recalled in Canada because they were made with raspberries that have been recalled for norovirus contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these items. The recalling firm is Revive Organics. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. These items were sold nationally and online. They are all Revive Superfoods brand. They include Acai Twist Smoothie in 201 gram packages, with UPC number 8 54681 00005 3 and codes 2022-10-11, 2022-10-19, 2022-10-20, 2022-11-06, 2022-11-09, and 2022-11-12. Berry Blu Smoothie in 194 gram containers with UPC number 8 54681 00009 1 and codes … [Read more...]

Alasko Frozen Raspberries Recalled in Canada For Possible Norovirus

Alasko Frozen Raspberries are being recalled in Canada for possible norovirus contamination. The individually quick frozen (IQF) berries were sold to hotels, restaurants, and institutions in Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. The recalling firm is New Alasko Limited Partnership. The recall notice did not state whether or not any illnesses have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries that are sold frozen. They were packaged in 5 x 1 kilogram containers. The codes on the product are: Lot number SY 21278, P.O.: 116381-01, and BB: 2023-OC-04. The UPC number that is stamped on the inner bag is 6 95058 00205 4, and the UPC number that is printed on the outer carton is: 1 069505 800205 1. If you have these Alasko Frozen … [Read more...]

FDA Closes Listeria and Norovirus Outbreak Investigations

The FDA closes Listeria and norovirus outbreak investigations on its CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, while the alleged cereal outbreak case count increased. There are now only three active food poisoning outbreak investigations being conducted by the FDA. The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that closed has sickened at least 20 people. A vehicle was not identified, even though traceback was initiated, an on-site inspection was initiated, and samples were collected and analyzed. The outbreak status is still listed as "ongoing" because the most recent illness onset date was April 20, 2022. It can take up to 70 days for the symptoms of listeriosis to manifest. The CDC will continue to monitor for more illnesses. This investigation will be reopened if more new illnesses are reported … [Read more...]

FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table Updated Again

The FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table has been updated again with more information about the incidents the agency is investigating. Three of the investigations have changed. The reports of adverse reactions possibly related to dry cereal have increased to 555 from 529 in the last update issued on May 4, 2022. On the website iwaspoisoned, there are more than 7,000 reports of illness since late 2021. An on-site inspection has been initiated, and samples have been collected and analysis on a product has begun. One of the two active Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks has also been updated; the number of illnesses has increased to 20 cases from 19. That investigation was launched on February 9, 2022; no source has been identified. For the investigation of "Cronobacter illnesses … [Read more...]

FDA CORE Investigation Table Updated; More Cereal Illnesses Reported

The FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table has been updated with more information. The two changes are more cereal illnesses, and the addition of one more case to one Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. There is not much more information posted about any of the six active investigations. In the dry cereal outbreak, there are now 529 adverse events reported. That is an increase of 83 more cereal illnesses since the last update was posted on April 27, 2022. Many news sites, including the website I Was Poisoned, are speculating that Lucky Charms cereal may be the focus of this investigation. In addition, sample collection has taken place, and analysis of those samples has begun. No recall has been issued. In outbreak number 1057, the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak with no identified … [Read more...]

Oyster Norovirus Outbreak Sickens at Least 328 in Canada

A large oyster norovirus outbreak has sickened at least 328 people in Canada as of April 8, 2022 (and at least 103 in the United States). Raw and undercooked oysters can contain pathogens such as norovirus that can make you sick. The patient case count by province is: British Columbia (293), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (1), Manitoba (15), and Ontario (16). Illness onset dates range fro mid-January and early April 2022. Not all cases hav been tested, but the presence of norovirus has been confirmed based on the tests of several patients. The outbreak is linked to consumption of raw oysters from British Columbia. Some oyster harvest areas in British Columbia associated with this outbreak have been closed as a part of this investigation. Several food recalls have been issued in … [Read more...]

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