Category Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

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

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

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

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 renews JBS beef warning; 100 more sick as outbreak expands to 25 states

The only good thing that can be said about the multi-state Salmonella Newport outbreak is that so far, no one has died. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday reported 126 additional ill people from 13 states have been added to the outbreak associated with the JBS meat plant in Tolleson, AZ, since... 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