December 14, 2018

Rep. DeLauro Wants Answers on the Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak That May be Associated with Romaine Lettuce

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday, asking for information on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak "which is responsible for 58 infections and 2 deaths in the United States and Canada." The Congresswoman is alarmed by the CDC's response to the outbreak, which was confirmed on December 28, 2017. No more information has been released to the public about this outbreak since then. DeLauro added that, "CDC confirmed the outbreak on December 28 - almost a month and a half after the first infection. As with any food safety threat, foodborne illness represents a grave risk to the health and wellbeing of consumers across our nation, particularly children and the elderly.” She added, "CDC’s stunning lack of … [Read more...]

Deadly Salmonella Papaya Outbreak Sickens 109

The deadly Salmonella Kiambu outbreak linked to papayas has now sickened at least 109 people in 16 states. That's an increase of 64 more ill persons from the last update on July 21, 2017. Six more states have reported patients since then: Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. This outbreak began when Maryland officials started investigating a Salmonella cluster in their state. They found two types of Salmonella: Kiambu and Thompson. Officials were not sure if those sickened with Salmonella Thompson were part of this outbreak. Now, laboratory tests showed that the strain of Salmonella Thompson isolated from papayas collected in the Maryland investigation is "closely related genetically" to clinical isolates from patients so they are part of the … [Read more...]

Ton Shen/ Life Rising Recalls all DHZC-2 Tablets After Reports of Illnesses, Deaths

Ton Shen Health/Life Rising Corporation of Chicago expanded a recall of “DHZC-2” Tablets to include all lots purchased before August 24, 2016 after state and federal health authorities said they were investigating six reports of adverse effects associated with the herbal supplement including the illnesses of two children and the possibility of two deaths. Health officials say the product, which was sold nationwide in retails stores and distributed through mail orders, may be contaminated with elevated levels of lead, a toxic substance. Exposure to anything but small amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. “This case reminds us again that dietary supplements are not regulated as drugs by the FDA," said Ryan Osterholm, a noted food safety attorney who has represented clients sickened … [Read more...]

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