Category Foodborne Illness Investigations

Recall update adds diced chicken products amidst Listeria outbreaks

Health officials are reporting that dozens more imported frozen chicken products are being recalled in Canada because of Listeria contamination. Outbreaks in the U.S. and Canada have been traced to such products that are under recall. Today, food safety officials in Canada issued an updated recall notice for chicken products. The frozen chicken imported to... Continue Reading Read More

More pig ear pet treats recalled because of Salmonella

TDBBS is recalling some of its pig ear pet treats because state testing found Salmonella in a sample. As with other pet product companies recently, the TDBBS recall comes amidst a nationwide outbreak among people who have links to such pet treats. “This recall is the result of routine sampling conducted by the Michigan Department... Continue Reading Read More

Extension scientists to conduct new environmental study on Yuma’s produce region

Environmental factors impacting the risk of produce becoming contaminated in the Yuma growing region of Arizona are the subject of a new study. University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension scientists are partnering with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Yuma growers, local irrigation districts, and the Arizona Department of Agriculture on a multi-year study of... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: If I was part of Catio Foods, I’d be nervous

Opinion Criminal prosecutions in food cases have been quiet for the last few years. Outbreak 2: The recent multistate investigation began on April 2, 2019, when CDC’s PulseNet identified the Salmonella Carrau outbreak. As of April 24, 2019, 117 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from 10 states – Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri,... 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

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

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