Category CDC

Companies started shipping romaine Monday; FDA names implicated counties

Many companies in the romaine lettuce supply chain resumed shipping Monday after a week-long voluntary hiatus. Nationwide, the majority of the industry shut down and recalled all romaine products Nov. 23 at the request of the FDA. The FDA made the request, two days before Thanksgiving, in conjunction with the its announcement of a new... 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

Church BBQ outbreak serves as food safety reminder for charitable events

Laboratory test results show what local public health officials have suspected for a couple of weeks. Food served by church members to “thousands” of people was contaminated with bacteria that thrives when food is not kept hot enough. Hundreds of people reported falling ill. Officials with the Cabarrus Health Alliance in North Carolina say the... Continue Reading Read More

Botulism strikes 4 infants; FDA warns parents against using honey on pacifiers

Health officials say four infants in Texas have developed botulism poisoning after consuming honey. The children, all less than a year old, had all been given pacifiers containing honey before they became sick. The first baby became ill in mid-August, with the most recent having symptom onset at the end of October. Texas officials say... Continue Reading Read More

CDC: Outbreak traced to raw turkey turns deadly; 35 states now report cases

BULLETIN: Federal officials are reporting an 82 percent increase in the number of confirmed Salmonella infections in a nationwide outbreak traced to raw turkey. The CDC also confirmed the first outbreak-related death today. Since the initial outbreak report on July 19 — when 90 people from 26 states had been confirmed with the outbreak strain... Continue Reading Read More

Lawmaker says new outbreak shows USDA, poultry industry need to act

Five years after U.S. representatives wrote to the USDA about the agency’s “unacceptable” response to Salmonella outbreaks traced to chicken, one of the lawmakers says déjà vu is not acceptable as a food safety policy.   Federal health officials announced yesterday that 92 people are confirmed infected in a new outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Infantis... Continue Reading Read More

McDonald’s salads get the blame again for still more Cyclospora infections

People who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants continue to suffer from Cyclospora infections, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta reports.  As of Thursday (Aug. 23), CDC said there was a total of 507 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants. The cases were reported... Continue Reading Read More

More than 400 confirmed sick in Fresh Express, McDonald’s salad outbreak

In the past week, another 41 people were confirmed infected by Cyclospora parasites in an outbreak traced to Fresh Express salad mix used in salads sold by McDonald’s. Of the 436 sick people, 20 have had such severe symptoms that they had to be admitted to hospitals, according to this week’s update from the Centers... Continue Reading Read More

FDA says cattle feedlot could be to blame for E. coli in canal water used on romaine

Outbreak investigators say a cattle feedlot near a canal providing water to growing regions in Arizona is a key element in their hypothesis about the source of E. coli that contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year. The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating the outbreak, linked to romaine grown in the Yuma, AZ, area... Continue Reading Read More

CDC says outbreak linked to pre-cut melon is over; 77 sick

Half of the people confirmed with Salmonella infections associated with pre-cut melon had to be admitted to hospitals, according to federal officials who say the outbreak is over. Public health officials say the risk of additional illnesses in this outbreak is slim. As of July 26, 77 people across nine states had been confirmed with... Continue Reading Read More