Monthly Archives November 2018

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Clemson researchers target vomit cleanup methods in new norovirus research

Ever since that time in 2008 when one of Amy’s French students barfed in class, we’ve sorta been obsessed with, what is the proper way to clean up barf? Especially if norovirus is involved. The previous story gives an idea … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Multiple modes of transmission during a Thanksgiving Day Norovirus outbreak, 2017

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports on November 28, 2017, the manager of restaurant A in Tennessee reported receiving 18 complaints from patrons with gastrointestinal illness who had dined there on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. Tennessee Department of … Continue reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: How does this “Romaine” acceptable? 339 with E. coli, 159 Hospitalized, 31 with Kidney Failure and 6 Deaths

Opinion 2017 and 2018 Romaine E. coli Outbreaks in the United States and Canada Total Sick – 339 Hospitalized – 159 Kidney Failure – 31 Deaths – 6 In 2017 in Canada, a total, of 42 cases of E. coli O157 illness were reported in five eastern provinces: Ontario (8), Quebec (15), New Brunswick (5),... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog Flour power: NEJM paper on 2016 outbreak

A couple of weeks ago Duncan Hines brand cake mixes were recalled because of Salmonella. Maybe it was the flour. Flour comes from dried wheat that’s milled and not heat treated (because it messes with the gluten). As the Salmonella dries … Continue reading Read More

Letter grades for restaurants helped reduce Salmonella illnesses in New York City

After implementation of letter grading for restaurant inspections, the rate of Salmonella infections decreased 5.3 percent per year in New York City versus the rest of New York state from 2011-2015, compared with the period before implementation, 2006-2010. Posting restaurant inspection results as letter grades at the point of service coincides with a decline in... Continue Reading Read More

The new E. coli outbreak is linked to 2017 leafy greens outbreak

In the last 24 hours, it is fair to say that tons of romaine lettuce has been removed from America’s store shelves. Another E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce probably has you wondering where this contaminated product is coming from and how is it related to past outbreaks. But first, let’s review. On... Continue Reading Read More

Wild mushrooms poisonings in France prompt warning

Almost 250 cases of poisonings due to wild mushroom consumption have been reported in France in the past few weeks. From July to mid-October this year, poison control centers recorded between five and 60 cases a week but 249 poisoning cases have been recorded in recent weeks. Seven serious cases have been noted since July... Continue Reading Read More

CDC responds to new E. coli outbreak by warning consumers not to eat romaine

There’s a new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak caused by romaine lettuce and this time the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is taking the tough love approach. In announcing the new outbreak, CDC Tuesday said consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce until federal food safety... Continue Reading Read More

Nearly 1,500 sick from Salmonella in eggs from Poland

Almost 1,500 people have been sickened by Salmonella linked to Polish eggs in an outbreak that has lasted more than six years and affected 18 countries. In total, 1,412 cases are associated with the outbreak: 532 confirmed and 166 probable infections since Feb. 2017 and 343 historical-confirmed and 367 historical-probable cases between 2012 and Jan.... Continue Reading Read More

The big thaw: Your turkey needs 24 hours for every 5 pounds to thaw safely

Contributed Editor’s note: An ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Reading traced to raw turkey has sickened at least 164 people across 35 states, hospitalizing dozens and killing one person. The outbreak patients report links to raw turkey, but there is concern that other consumers may have purchased raw turkey in advance and frozen it for use... Continue Reading Read More