December 18, 2018

Romaine Lettuce Implicated in E. coli Outbreak Grown in California; Some May Sue

The romaine lettuce that is implicated in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak may have been grown in California, according to a tweet posted by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, head of the FDA. The tweet states, "The romaine implicated in the current outbreak is likely from California based on growing and harvesting patterns. The goal now is to withdraw the product that's at risk of being contaminated from the market, and then re-stock the market." He continues, "New romaine from different growing regions, including Florida and Arizona, will soon be harvested. We're working with growers and distributors on labeling produce for location and harvest dates and possibly other ways of information consumers that the product is "post-purge." In this outbreak, as of the last update three days … [Read more...]

Another Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Announced; Some May Sue

Another romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The language from the government is very strong: "CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak." Thirty-two people in 11 states are sick in this outbreak. Thirteen people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: California (10), Connecticut (1), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (7), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (3), New York (2), Ohio (1), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from October 8 to October 31, 2018. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. It's very … [Read more...]

Salmonella Reading Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Turns Deadly; Some May Sue

The CDC has updated its investigation of the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading infections that are linked to raw turkey products. One person in California has died. And 74 more ill persons were reported, bringing the total to 164 in 35 states. The last update on this outbreak was issued on July 19, 2018. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), Arizona (1)< California (13), Colorado (6), Connecticut (3), Delaware (1), Florida (7), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Idaho (1), Iowa (3), Illinois (16), Indiana (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (6), Minnesota (17), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (12), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (2), Ohio (5), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (8), South Carolina (1), South Dakota … [Read more...]

Gravel Ridge Farms Shell Eggs Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Ends; Some May Sue

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that is linked to recalled Gravel Ridge Farms shell eggs has ended with 44 people sick in 11 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twelve people in this outbreak were hospitalized because their illnesses were so serious. The case count by state is: Alabama (7), Colorado (1), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Montana (1), New York (1), Ohio (4), Tennessee (25), and Texas (1). The patient age range is from one year to 94. Of 378 people interviewed, 12 were hospitalized, for a rate of 32%. That's high for a Salmonella outbreak; the typical hospitalization rate for this illness is about 20%. Gravel Ridge Farms recalled their cage-free large eggs with use-by dates from July 25 through October 3, 2018. … [Read more...]

JBS Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak: Recall Expands, Distribution List Published

The recall and distribution lists related to the JBS ground beef Salmonella outbreak have expanded. Last week we told you about the Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to those products that has sickened at least 57 people in 16 states. Now, another 400,000 pounds of ground beef products have been recalled, bringing the total to 6,937,195 pounds. You can see the long list of products, where the ground beef may have been sold, and pictures of products labels at the USDA web site. The product brand names include Kroger Cedar River Farms, Connor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, and Showcase. The ground beef products were probably sold nationwide, and more specifically, in the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, … [Read more...]

JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 57; Some May Sue

The JBS Tolleson ground beef Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 57 people in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fourteen people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to September 6, 2018. The case count by state is: Arizona (15), California (4), Colorado (12), Idaho (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Minnesota (1), Montana (5), Nevada (2), Ohio (2), Oregon (1), South Dakota (2), Utah (6), and Wyoming (2). The patient age range is from less than one year to 88. Thirty-one percent of patients have been hospitalized. In interviews, 92% of the 39 people investigators questioned said they ate ground beef at home before they got sick. Several patients … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Cyclospora Outbreak Grows to 163 Sick; Lawsuits Are Filed

The McDonald's cyclospora outbreak that is linked to that chain's salads has grown to include 163 sick, according to the FDA. That is an increase of more than 100 patients in the last five days. Those sickened live in 10 states, an increase of three states since July 15, 2018. Three people have been hospitalized. All of these cases are lab-confirmed. The FDA is working with McDonald's to try to identify the common ingredient in the salad that is potentially contaminated. Patients report eating a variety of McDonald's salads before they got sick. As of July 13, 2018, McDonald's has stopped selling salads at restaurants in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Missouri. The company … [Read more...]

Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad Linked to Salmonella Sandiego Outbreak; 20 in MN, SD, NE, MO, and IA Sick; Some May Sue

Hy-Vee is recalling its Spring Pasta Salad because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Twenty-one people in Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa are sick and are linked to this recalled product. Five people have been hospitalized. The recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound and 3 pound containers. The salads were produced between June 1, 2018 and July 13, 2018, and are available from the deli service case in those stores. The expiration date range is from June 22, 2018 to August 3, 2018. The pasta salad was distributed to all of Hy-Vee's 244 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Hy-Vee removed all of the Spring Pasta Salad from its shelves and service cases on July 16, … [Read more...]

Kitty’s Restaurant Closed After Salmonella Outbreak; Some May Sue

Kitty's Restaurant in North Reading, Massachusetts, has closed after more complaints in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 19 people. The restaurant, located at 123 Main Street, has been ordered by the North Reading Health Department to close until further notice. As of Thursday, July 12, 2018, there are 19 confirmed cases of Salmonella. Several of Kitty's restaurant employees are among those sickened. The Health Department started getting complaints about illness on July 3, 2018. The outbreak is believed to have started on June 23, 2018. Officials narrowed down the food to the antipasto salad. On July 5, with more information about more illnesses that occurred after visits to the restaurant on June 25, the Board of Health recommended that the restaurant closed. The owners … [Read more...]

Kitty’s Restaurant and Lounge in North Reading, MA Closed After Suspected Salmonella Outbreak; Some May Sue

Kitty's Restaurant and Lounge on Main Street in North Reading, Massachusetts has been closed after an alleged Salmonella outbreak. Omar Cabrera of the Communications Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that eleven cases are confirmed. Apparently, 39 people have complained to officials that they got sick after eating at that facility. All 11 confirmed cases have exposure to food prepared by that restaurant. According to NBC Boston, the outbreak apparently started on June 23, 2018. The North Reading Department of health has focused on the antipasto as the possible source of pathogenic bacteria. Public health officials conducted an investigation of the facility on July 23, 2018. The restaurant was closed for cleaning and sanitation … [Read more...]

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