Category Foodborne Illness Investigations

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

Salmonella outbreak tied to cucumbers slowing; investigation continues

Canadian officials say a Salmonella outbreak associated with fresh cucumbers appears to be winding down, but they are continuing their investigation in hopes of pinpointing the source of the bacteria that infected 55 people across the country. No recalls were initiated in relation to the outbreak. Confirmed outbreak patients reported eating a variety of brands... 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

Officials match E. coli from patients with bacteria in raw milk cheese

At least five people in British Columbia have been confirmed with E. coli infections linked to unpasteurized cheese, prompting a recall and a public warning from health officials. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is urging consumers to discard or return to the place of purchase any Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese... 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

Salmonella outbreak, tests spur recall of Duncan Hines cake mixes

Federal officials are working with Conagra Brands to investigate Salmonella infections associated with Duncan Hines cake mix. The multinational food giant today recalled some of the mixes because one flavor tested positive for the outbreak strain of the bacteria. “The FDA is investigating the manufacturing facility that made recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes,” according to... Continue Reading Read More

More confirmed ill in outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers; no recall yet

As the patient count continues to increase, investigators in Canada are looking look for clues in an ongoing Salmonella Infantis outbreak health officials say is linked to long English cucumbers. The Public Health Agency of Canada went public with information about the outbreak on Oct. 19, reporting 45 people across five provinces had been confirmed... Continue Reading Read More

Canada confirms more infections in outbreaks linked to frozen chicken

Federal officials have updated the combined patient count in a string of 14 nationwide Salmonella outbreaks in Canada. Public health agencies report close to 500 people have been confirmed infected. Raw chicken, especially frozen breaded products, are implicated. As of Oct. 26, there were 474 people who have had laboratory-confirmed Salmonella infections, according to the... Continue Reading Read More

Prominent ND legislator, lobbyist dies of Vibriosis after eating raw oysters in NOLA

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) state director for North Dakota, former State Rep. Ann Kelsch, 58, died Tuesday in a New Orleans hospital. She was an apparent victim of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria from consuming raw or undercooked oysters. Kelsch, who lived in Mandan, ND, was in New Orleans to visit family. She was... Continue Reading Read More