August 24, 2017

Eggs from LaBar Poultry Farm in Michigan Recalled for Salmonella

Eggs from LaBar Poultry Farm in Manistique, Michigan are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This recall has been reported by several news sources, but there is no information about the recall on any of Michigan's government sites. A foodborne illness outbreak investigation led officials to the farm. Salmonella bacteria were found during environmental sampling. The eggs are packaged in cartons of one dozen each. The label is "LaBar Poultry Farm," with dates August 30, 2017 or September 30, 2017. They were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, and to consumers in the counties of Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Luce, Mackinaw, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, … [Read more...]

Illnesses at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Sterling, Virginia

An outbreak of illness has sickened about 60 people after they ate at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Sterling, Virginia, according to the Loudoun County Health Department. Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the department, said, "one ill patron has tested positive for norovirus. This provides additional information but is not sufficient to determine the cause of the outbreak. The Health Department is awaiting further test results, which should be available early next week." On Monday, July 17, 2017, LCHD was notified by the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 21031 Tripleseven Road, Sterling, VA 20165, and by local medical providers of customers complaining of nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea over the previous two days. The restaurant closed voluntarily. Health Department officials investigated … [Read more...]

Trichinellosis Outbreaks in Alaska Linked to Walrus Meat

Many older people can recall their moms cooking pork to well done (or more) because of the fear of trichinellosis. Pigs used to be fed scraps, or they foraged for their food, so their meat was infected with a microscopic parasite called Trichinella. A few thousand cases occur every year around the world. In the United States, the USDA has reduced the recommended internal temperature for pork to 145°F from 160°F, since pork is no longer likely to be contaminated with the parasite. Cases have greatly declined in this country since the 1950s. But the disease is making a comeback among people who eat walrus meat. Two trichinellosis outbreaks in Alaska linked to walrus meat are the subject of a report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for July 7, 2017. This illness … [Read more...]

New E. coli Outbreak in Canada Associated with Flour

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has issued an alert about a new outbreak of E. coli O121 associated with flour. Six people in that province were infected with the same strain of E. coli O121 between February and April, 2017. A sample of flour from one of the ill person's home was tested by the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory. The flour tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O121 in all the illnesses. Public health officials do not know if all of the patients consumed the same flour. But the BCCDC is recommending that all consumers throw away Rogers all-purpose flour in a 10 kg bag with lot number MFD 17 JAN 19 C. this flour was sold at Costco in British Columbia beginning January 2017. This outbreak is happening at the same time as a national … [Read more...]

First Chicken & Rice Guys E. coli Lawsuit Filed by Pritzker Hageman Law Firm

An E. coli lawsuit, believed to be the first, was filed April 18, 2017 in the Massachusetts Superior Court against Chicken & Rice Guys, LLC by attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm of Pritzker Hageman, a national food safety law firm. Their client was diagnosed with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after allegedly eating food prepared by the restaurant chain that operates in the Boston area. There is an E. coli outbreak associated with that restaurant chain. At least 15 people have been sickened in the outbreak, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. Illnesses began to be reported to public health officials in early April. Ten patients in this outbreak, which is a very high percentage, have been hospitalized because they have been so sick. According to the … [Read more...]

Rep. DeLauro Applauds FDA for Closing Dixie Dew Products

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is applauding the FDA for closing the Dixie Dew Products processing plant, which is the contract manufacturer for The SoyNut Butter Company. I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, made by The SoyNut Butter Company, are linked to an E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that has sickened at least 29 people in 12 states. The FDA's investigations at the plant in Erlanger, Kentucky revealed that food safety violations at that facility go back at least 15 years. Some violations included broken temperature control equipment, an infestation of flies and larva, production machines that have not been cleaned since 2015, and no hot water in hand-washing sinks for the last two years. DeLauro said in a statement, "Dixie Dew’s gross negligence is sickening dozens of … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Robin Hood Flour Sickens 25 in Canada

An E. coli O121 outbreak linked to Robin Hood flour in Canada has sickened at least 25 people, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. All patients identified in this outbreak have samples with E. coli bacteria that match genetically. This outbreak is reminiscent of the 2016 E. coli outbreak in the United States linked to General Mills flour. And it's another reminder that flour is a raw agricultural product, can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, and should never be eaten raw. The flour has been recalled. The product is Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original in 10 kilogram bags with a code of BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548. It was distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Secondary recalls of products made with this flour may be announced … [Read more...]

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 of … [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...]

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