February 26, 2017

CDC Issues Report of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Dough

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a report about the 2015 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to a dough mix that was made into pizzas at "restaurant A." That outbreak sickened at least 13 people in nine states. On January 4, 2016, PulseNet identified a cluster of 10 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. The dates of illness onset ranged from December 6, 2015 through February 9, 2016. Eventually, 13 outbreak-associated cases were identified in Minnesota (5), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (1), North Carolina (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), South Dakota (1), and Wisconsin (1). Eight of those patients were hospitalized, and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Twelve patients were interviewed, and nine reported eating at one … [Read more...]

FDA Announces Sprout Guidance: What Took so Long?

After eight multistate food poisoning outbreaks linked to raw sprouts in the past five years, the FDA is finally issuing draft guidance for comments to help sprout operations meet new standards that are designed to keep this product safe. Raw sprouts are often contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, and the damp and warm growing conditions are the perfect medium for bacterial growth. The Produce Safety Rule, under the FDA Food Safety Modernization act of 2011, mandated new requirements for sprout operations. Sprouts are a unique food poisoning risk because the conditions under which they are grown are ideal for the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Between 1996 and July 2016 there were 46 food poisoning outbreaks associated with sprouts in the United States. They caused 2472 … [Read more...]

E. coli O121 Outbreak in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O121. Twelve confirmed cases of E. coli 0121 have been identified in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland. The cases all have a matching genetic fingerprint. Illness onset dates range from November to December 2016. Four people have been hospitalized. And officials do not know what caused the outbreak. The most common ways to contract an E. coli infection are by eating undercooked or raw ground meat, or by eating contaminated fruits and vegetables. You can also acquire this infection by petting animals, more specifically ruminant animals, which harbor the pathogenic bacteria in their intestines. The most recent E. coli O121 outbreak in the United States was the multistate outbreak linked to … [Read more...]

After General Mills E. coli Outbreak, Say No to Raw Dough!

The large E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour sickened 63 people in 24 states this year. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a complication of that illness. And many of those sickened got sick because they ate raw cookie dough. So the CDC is warning consumers not to eat raw cookie dough, cake mixes, or bread this holiday season, even if you are using pasteurized eggs. Raw flour is a raw agricultural product that has not been treated to kill pathogenic bacteria. And since flour has a long shelf life, that recalled General Mills flour could still be in people's homes. Please check the list of recalled products and make sure you don't have one of those flour types in your pantry. The recall was expanded once, and there have been some … [Read more...]

Marine Agrifuture Recalls Products for Possible Salmonella

Marine Agrifuture of Kahuku, Hawaii is recalling three products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This facility is linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Hawaii among people who ate Limu Poke, or raw fish with seafood. Fourteen people were sickened in mid-October in this outbreak. The Hawaii State Department of Health traced the seaweed back to Marine Agrifuture and found the bacteria in packaging and processing tanks and in the farm environment. The recalled products include Kahuku Ogo in plastic bags of various weights from 0.5 pounds to 35 pounds. They were sold from November 2, 2016 and before. Robusta Ogo is also recalled, sold in plastic bags in weights from 0.5 pounds to 35 pounds, sold from November 2, 2016 and before. Sea Asparagus is recalled, sold in 4 … [Read more...]

Gastrointestinal Outbreak at Jail in Wyoming in 2015

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has published a report on a gastrointestinal illness outbreak associated with rancid tortilla chips that occurred at a correctional facility in Wyoming in October 2015. This outbreak was not reported to the public when it happened last year. A county health department notified the Wyoming Department of Health of an outbreak on October 12, 2015. Most of those sickened got sick within one to three hours after eating lunch served at the facility cafeteria at noon on October 11. Residents and staff members reported that the tortillas chips served at the lunch "tasted and smelled like chemicals." A case control study was conducted by the county health department and the Wyoming Department of Health. Multivariate logistic regression … [Read more...]

Mr. Christie’s Biscuits Recalled in Canada; Illnesses Reported

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of Mr. Christie's brand Arrowroot Biscuits. The biscuits have been recalled due to potential off-taste. The products have been sold nationally in Canada only. The biscuits are marketed to babies, according to product label photos. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation and is verifying that industry is removing these products from the marketplace. There is no word on how many people may have been sickened, illness onset dates, a possible pathogen, or what the symptoms have been. The recalled products are all Mr. Christie's brand Arrowroot Biscuits in various sizes. The 350 gram size has UPC number 0 66721 01046 9 and Best Before Dates 2017 FE 24 and 2017 FE … [Read more...]

Mighty Taco Outbreak Numbers Increase to 158 Sick

The gastrointestinal illness outbreak associated with consuming food from Mighty Taco restaurants in Erie and Niagara counties in New York state has now sickened 158 people. There are 140 people sick in Erie county alone, according to Mary C. St. Mary of Erie County and a new press release from the Erie County Department of Health. Eighteen people are sick in Niagara County, according to that county's health department. The press release from Niagara County about this outbreak is from last week. Those numbers have not been updated since October 7, 2016. The case count has increased from 104 to 140 sickened in Erie County in the last week. Those sickened have experienced nausea and vomiting. The patients ate refried beans from a Mighty Taco location in Erie County between … [Read more...]

Outbreak Associated with Mighty Taco in Erie County New York

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is investigating a foodborne illness outbreak associated with Mighty Taco restaurants in New York state. The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health, Niagara County Department of Health, and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. There have been reports of 104 people sickened as of October 6, 2016, with symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Those sickened apparently ate refried beans from one of the eleven Mighty Taco locations in Erie County. Illness onset dates range from September 27, 2016 to noon on October 6, 2016. There is no word on whether anyone sickened in this outbreak has been hospitalized, or how many are still ill or have recovered. It's unusual that an … [Read more...]

Deli Meat Recall in Canada for Possible Listeria Expands

The recall of deli meat products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination sold at Tre Rose Bakery in Ontario, Canada has been expanded to include all deli meats sold before and including October 4, 2016. The original recall was issued on September 28, 2016 and was updated on October 4, 2016. These new products were identified during the CFIA's food safety investigation. The products were sliced and sold at Tre Rose Bakery at 2098 Kipling Avenue in Toronto, Ontario from September 30 to October 4, 2016. They may have also been incorporated into sandwiches and other products made in-store by the retailer. There has been one illness reported in association with the consumption of these products. There may be more, since the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 … [Read more...]

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