January 27, 2023

Number 2 Outbreak of 2022: Mariscos Bahia Seafood Salmonella

The number two outbreak of 2022 was the Mariscos Bahia seafood Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 39 people in four states. That seafood was recalled on October 20, 2022, and included fresh salmon fillet, fresh deep skin salmon fillet, fresh salmon portions, Chilean seabass (fillet and portions), halibut (fillet and portions), tuna (fillet and portions), and swordfish (loin, fillet, and wheel). The case count by state was: Arizona (13), California (24), Illinois (1), and Texas (1). The patient age range was from 1 year to 80 years. Of 32 people who gave information about their illness to public health investigators, 15 were hospitalized. That's a hospitalization rate of 47%, more than twice the average for a Salmonella outbreak. Of those 18 patients, 13 of them said they … [Read more...]

Jif Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Is Number Five of 2022

The Jif peanut butter Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak is the number five outbreak of 2022, with at least 21 people sick in 17 states. Four people were hospitalized because they were so ill. Several types of Jif peanut butter were recalled after the outbreak was first announced on May 21, 2022. The outbreak ended on July 27, 2022, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The case count by state is: Arizona (1), Arkansas (1), Florida (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (2), New York (1), North Carolina (2), Ohio (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (2), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and West Virginia (1). Patients ranged in age from less than one year to 85. The hospitalization rate was 31%, with four out of 13 … [Read more...]

Old Europe Cheese Listeria Outbreak Is Number Nine of 2022

The number nine food poisoning outbreak of 2022 is the Old Europe Cheese Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that sickened at least six people in six states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory data showed that cheeses made by that company made people sick. This outbreak was declared over on December 9, 2022. The case count by state is: California (1), Georgia (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), New Jersey (1), and Texas (1). The patient age range is from 56 to 83 years, with a median age of 78. Five people were hospitalized because they were so sick. In interviews, patients were asked about the foods they ate the month before they got sick. Eighty percent said they ate brie or camembert cheese. Most did not … [Read more...]

CDC Weighs In On Texas Oysters Norovirus Outbreak

The CDC has weighed in on the Texas oysters norovirus outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people. The oysters were harvested between 11/17/2022 and 12/7/2022 from harvest area TX 1 in Galveston Bay. Patients in this outbreak, 211 of them, live in Florida and Texas and six other states. The oysters were shipped to these states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The oysters may have been distributed in other states. There have been 211 illnesses reported as of December 15, 2022. The case count by state has not been released, nor has the illness onset date range or the patient age range. Restaurants and food retailers should not serve raw oysters from that area. The raw oysters were potentially contaminated with norovirus. … [Read more...]

HEB Texas Pets Dry Cat Food Recalled For Possible Salmonella

HEB Texas Pets Indoor Complete Dry Cat Food is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses, human or animal, have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is TFP Nutrition. The pet food was manufactured at the company's plant on November 13, 2022 at its Nacogdoches, Texas facility. The product was distributed only in the state of Texas and sold in HEB retail stores. All of this product has been removed from store shelves. No other HEB products are affected by this voluntary recall. The recalled product is HEB Texas Pets Indoor Complete Dry Cat Food that is sold in 16 pound bags. The production code on the product is MFG 13 NOV 22. That number is on the second line of the lot code that is … [Read more...]

Avoid Potentially Contaminated Oysters from Harvest Area TX 1

The FDA is advising restraints and consumers to avoid potentially contaminated oysters from Harvest Area TX 1 in Galveston, Texas. The culprit is norovirus. Last week, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services revealed that an outbreak linked to those oysters has sickened dozens of people in Florida and Texas. The oysters were harvested between November 17, 2022 and December 7, 2022 from that harvest area and were distributed to restaurants and retailers in these states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Other states may have also received the oysters. The harvest information should be on the packaging. Texas officials issued a recall order for all of those oysters on December 8, 2022 and informed the Interstate Shellfish … [Read more...]

Mariscos Bahia Seafood Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 39 Sick

The Mariscos Bahia seafood Salmonella Litchfield outbreak has ended with 39 people sick in four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is an increase of six more patients since the last investigation update that was issued on October 25, 2022. The outbreak has ended as of December 14, 2022. The patient case count by state is: Arizona (13), California (24), Illinois (1), and Texas (1). Illinois has been added to the state list. The new patients live in California and Arizona. Illness onset dates range from June 14, 2022 to October 23, 2022. The patient age range is from 1 to 80 years. Of 32 people who gave information to investigators, 15 were hospitalized, for a hospitalization rate of 47%, which is high for a Salmonella outbreak. Eighteen … [Read more...]

Galveston Bay Oyster Outbreak in Texas, Florida Sickens Dozens

A Galveston Bay oyster outbreak in Texas has sickened dozens of people in that state and also in Florida, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). A recall of all oysters that were harvested in the TX 1 area of southeastern Galveston Bay has been ordered. No other species of seafood are affected by this recall. The recall includes oysters on the half shell and shucked oysters that were harvested there from November 17, 2022 through December 7, 2022. You can see a map of the oyster areas in those waters at DSHS web site. The area was closed on December 8, 2022 after receiving reports from health departments in both Texas and Florida that people who ate oysters harvested from TX 1 were getting sick. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, nausea, … [Read more...]

Old Europe Listeria Monocytogenes Cheese Outbreak Ends

The Old Europe Listeria monocytogenes soft cheese outbreak has ended with six people sick in six states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Five people were hospitalized because they were so ill. That outbreak investigation was last updated on November 10, 2022. The patient case count by state is: California (1), Georgia (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), New Jersey (1), and Texas (1). The patient age range is from 56 to 83 years. Sick people‚Äôs samples were collected from August 6, 2017, to August 5, 2022. There may be more patients in this outbreak because some people contract this infection and do not see a doctor, so are not diagnosed and entered into the government database. Patients were interviewed by government officials. Of the five … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert for E. coli in Carne Molina Ground Beef

A public health alert for possible E. coli O157:H7 in Carne Molida ground beef has been issued by the USDA. This ground beef was sold at La Michoacana Meat Market in Greenville, Texas. No illnesses have been reported to date on connection with the consumption of this product. A recall was not requested because this item is no longer available for sale, but the product could still be in consumers' homes, especially their freezers. The raw ground beef was ground in store on November 28, 2022. It was packaged behind the meat counter in varying weights per consumer request. The recalled item is Carne Molida regular/ground beef with packed on dates that range from November 28, 2022 to December 1, 2022, and the sell by date of December 1, 2022 printed on the label. The ground beef was … [Read more...]

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