Monthly Archives December 2017

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Raw water: It’s a thing

In Australia, communities at the suburb level have the power to decide whether to fluoridate water or not. Every time I go to the dentist, he tells me the same story: I can tell where you’re from by your teeth, … Continue reading Read More

Author: Robert Mancini --- Source: barfblog Multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections (STEC O157:H7) in 13 states

Eastern Canada has been experiencing an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. Since the lettuce is eaten raw, this increases the likelihood of acquiring the infection. It appears now that the states are experiencing a similar … Continue reading Read More

Second Hepatitis A Positive Tim Horton’s Employee Prompts Another Vaccine Call

Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed a second case of Hepatitis A in an individual who works at a local restaurant. MCHD is providing information to alert residents and guests to the possible exposure and to recommend prompt Hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin (IG) treatment to potentially exposed individuals. The diagnosed individual works... Continue Reading Read More

Romaine Lettuce Suspected in US E. coli Outbreak

CDC, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections (STEC O157:H7) in 13 states. Seventeen illnesses have been reported from California (3), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Canadian Food Inspection Agency --- Source: Health hazard alerts (non-allergy) only Updated Food Recall Warning (Listeria monocytogenes) – Various brands of sandwich products

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – HQ Fine Foods. Read More

Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak – 25th Anniversary

Editor’s Note:  The following remembrance of the Jack-in-the-Box E. coli outbreak was penned by our Publisher Bill Marler and first posted in Food Poison Journal on Dec. 26.   We are republishing it here on the eve of one of the most infamous outbreaks of all time. — In January 1993, the Washington State Department... Continue Reading Read More

U.S., Canada: under-the-radar ingredient implications

Already the focus of two warning letters from Health Canada this year, Lithium orotate is a “questionable ingredient” used in some products for treating psychiatric disorders. However, NutraIngredients says that similar products are sold ‘south of the border’, and contain the salt mineral, but have not raised as high a concern for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Advocates of orotates claim support of the salt’s ability (as an orotic acid) to deliver trace... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Salmonella found by USDA in Canadian deli products

Piller’s Fine Foods, a Waterloo, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 1,076 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and speck products that may be adulterated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered when an … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog 647 sick, 60 dead from Listeria in South Africa

As of 19 December 2017, a total of 647 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) since 01 January 2017. Diagnosis was based most commonly on the isolation of Listeria monocytogenes in blood … Continue reading Read More

Canadians warned to avoid romaine lettuce until further notice

Canadian officials are advising the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce until further notice because of an expanding E. coli outbreak, but they have not revealed the supplier or brands involved. At least one person has died and 40 have been confirmed infected with E. coli O157:H7. Sixteen have required hospitalization. Onset of their symptoms ... Continue Reading Read More