September 25, 2021

Foodborne Illness Outbreak at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska

A foodborne illness outbreak at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska has sickened almost 80 people, according to the Anchorage Daily News. State epidemiologists are investigating the outbreak that has sickened hospital employees. All patients developed symptoms on or around on the morning of August 7, 2021. Everyone who got sick ate food brought in as employee meals from a variety of local restaurants. Those restaurants have not yet been named. A post on the Alaska Health and Social Services Facebook page has a survey that anyone who lives in the Homer area can take to help officials solve this outbreak. No patients or hospital residents ate the food. The source of the outbreak is not known at the time. The agencies investigating the outbreak are the Alaska Department of … [Read more...]

Luigi Guffanti Taleggio Cheese Recalled For Possible Staphyloccos

One type of Luigi Guffanti Taleggio cheese is being recalled for possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. The recalled product is Luigi Guffanti Cheese Taleggio Dop a Latte Crudo Incarto Verde. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling company is Taste for Luxury.   The cheese was sold in Ontario at the retail level. It is Luigi Guffanti Cheese Taleggio Dop a Latte Crudo Incarto Verde, sold in variable size packages. The package size is around 1.8 kilograms. The UPC number that is printed on the label starts with 2 669515. The best if used by date is 20.08.21 (August 20, 2021), the lot number is 2.020/21, and the code is L 16172. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you plan to cook with … [Read more...]

Milwaukee Police Food Poisoning Outbreak Sickens Eleven

A Milwaukee police food poisoning incident allegedly sickened eleven police officers at a retirement party. Several officers had to seek treatment at local hospitals. According to news reports, the food was apparently prepared privately and didn't come from a restaurant and it was not catered. The officers work at Police District 5, which covers the area just north of the downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. The event was for the retirement of a police supervisor and promotion of another officer. People started getting sick hours after the party. While there is no word on exactly which pathogen may have made these officers sick, there are some clues in the timing of the outbreak. Food poisoning that occurs so soon after eating could be caused by several pathogens, including … [Read more...]

Keep Your Backyard Barbecue Safe From Staphylococcus With Tips

The USDA is offering tips to help keep your backyard barbecue safe from Staphylococcus aureus bacteria this summer. ¬†Cooking outdoors presents special challenges, including grilling food to a safe internal temperature, and higher ambient temperatures. The press release focuses on Staphylococcus aureus, which sickens about 240,000 Americans every year. About 1,000 of those patients need to be hospitalized, and about six people die every year. A USDA scientist developed a test that detects the pathogen in foods, which is faster, more sensitive, and less expensive than other standardized tests. Reuven Rasooly, a chemist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) said in a statement, "The current test detects active toxin only 50 percent of the time compared to the test, … [Read more...]

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