December 5, 2016

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...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in Pueblo County CO Linked to Raw Milk

A Campylobacter outbreak in Pueblo County, Colorado has sickened at least 20 people, according to news releases from El Paso County Public Health and the Pueblo City-County Department of Public Health. Twelve confirmed and eight probable cases of Campylobacter infections have been reported to public health officials since August 1, 2016. The most recent illness onset date was September 16, 2016. All of those sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch in Pueblo County. All of those case patients live in Pueblo and El Paso counties. The state health department has notified about 175 people who are participants in the Larga Vista cow share operation on September 8, 2016 about this problem and are doing so again today. These types of operations let people buy a share … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak in NM Associated with Raw Milk

The New Mexico Department of Health says that they are investigating six cases of cryptosporidiosis associated with raw milk products. That illness is caused by the Cryptosporidium parasite. Also investigating the outbreak are the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Environment Department. Those cases have been reported to the government since August 31, 2016. Each person sickened said they consumed raw milk products before getting sick. All of those sickened live in Bernalillo County. There is no word on any potential recall, or if any of the patients have been hospitalized, their ages, or conditions. Secretary of Health Designate Lynn Gallagher said in a statement, "raw milk products may be contaminated with a variety of infectious pathogens. We are … [Read more...]

Hawaii Scallop Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows to 276 Sick

The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that is linked to raw scallops imported from the Philippines served at Genki Sushi restaurants has grown by five more this week. That brings the total sickened to 276. All of the cases are in adults. Sixty-eight people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, about 24.6%. On August 15, 2016, public health officials discovered the hepatitis A virus in Sea Port Bay Scallops (Wild Harvest, Raw Frozen) from the Philippines that were distributed by Koha Oriental Foods and sold at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. Food workers at six restaurants and two flight attendants for Hawaiian Airlines have also been diagnosed with this illness. The restaurants and the airline are not the source of this outbreak, and no illnesses have been linked to … [Read more...]

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