Category Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Two people dead in Canadian Salmonella outbreak linked to Celebrate brand frozen profiteroles and eclairs from Thailand

Frozen profiteroles and mini eclairs sold in grocery stores are the apparent sources of two deaths among at least 73 lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections in Canada as of April 27, 2019, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The outbreak, which was first announced on April 5, 2019, has spread to... Continue Reading Read More

More sick in outbreak linked to fresh melon sold by Walmart, Kroger, others

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to pre-cut fresh melon continues to grow, with 117 people across 10 states confirmed with infections. More than a third of the patients have required hospitalization. Public health officials are urging consumers to not eat the pre-cut fresh melon products listed in the chart below because of the risk of... Continue Reading Read More

California growers say their new water rules mean safer romaine for everyone

For the second time this year, romaine lettuce growers are imposing measures they hope will end the recent string of E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks that were associated with their products last year. This latest action to strengthen food safety practices that will be required by romaine lettuce farms came Friday in a vote by the... Continue Reading Read More

The “switch” that can make current Salmonella outbreaks even worse

There are three current multistate outbreaks of Salmonella in the United States. Two–infections linked to Butterball Brand Ground Turkey and Precut melons–are outbreaks that began in 2019 and the third involving ground turkey was a 2018 outbreak of raw ground turkey products that remain open. Taken together, the three have sickened 279 people resulting in... Continue Reading Read More

Cryptosporidiosis outbreak linked to apple juice

Researchers have described the first outbreak of apple juice-related cryptosporidiosis reported outside the United States. Although it did not involve many people, it serves as a reminder that apple juice, and other beverages, may serve as transmission vehicles for cryptosporidiosis and appropriate hygiene measures are essential in the production of juice, according to the study... Continue Reading Read More

Seattle area restaurant’s employees and patrons connected to norovirus outbreak

Seatle-King County Public Health is investigating an outbreak of norovirus-like illness with vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, chills, and fever associated with Dave & Buster’s in Auburn, WA. Since April 5, 2019, five people from a single meal party reported becoming ill after consuming food and beverages from Dave & Buster’s in Auburn on March 31,... Continue Reading Read More

Oregon wedding and reception last August was a big Shigella event

The second-largest foodborne outbreak of Shigella flexneri in more than 30 years struck guests at an Oregon wedding last August. Shigella flexneri is a Gram-negative, enteric pathogen and together with three other Shigella species, Shigella dysenteriae, Shigella sonnei, and Shigella boydii is responsible for about half a million cases of shigellosis in the United States... Continue Reading Read More

More frozen breaded chicken nuggets recalled in connection with outbreak

Canadian officials have posted the 13th recall notice related to more than a dozen Salmonella outbreaks — some ongoing — in their country in the past 22 months. Investigators have traced the outbreaks to frozen breaded chicken nuggets, patties and similar products. In the latest recall, posted March 21, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency urged... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Is it ‘reckless misconduct’ to grow, process and sell romaine lettuce?

Opinion We have a romaine E. coli case in Idaho of a young man who suffered a severe case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), was hospitalized for a month and incurred nearly $250,000 in medical expenses and lost wages. He has a risk of future kidney complications, (including a transplant), but not likely to meet... Continue Reading Read More

UK investigates outbreak linked to mayonnaise; product distributed in Europe

Authorities in the United Kingdom are investigating a foodborne outbreak linked to avocado oil mayonnaise. It is suspected to be caused by too low acidity due to a production error leading to absence of vinegar in the product prompting a mold and Salmonella risk. The outbreak is linked to a recall made this week in... Continue Reading Read More