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Andy Weisbecker

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Oysters, a Simple Food with a Complicated History

With the New Orleans Saints playing in the Super Bowl and Fat Tuesday just days away, it’s quite likely that large amounts of raw oysters will be consumed over the next couple of days, maybe even the next couple of weeks, at various bars, restaurants, and parties.  What is less certain is the level of… Continue Reading

Please Pass the Bacteria

Recently, while reviewing some documents, I found a Los Angeles Health Department 2005 ACDC Special Report captioned “Please Pass The Bacteria: An Outbreak of Clostridium Perfringens Associated With Catered Thanksgiving Meals”.   I liked the title, and thought I would explore the subject of food safety risks associated with catered meals.  Thanksgiving is now long past… Continue Reading

Food Illness Costs Substantial, Significant

The costs of foodborne illness are substantial and significant.  The November 18, 2009, Chicago Tribune article, “Food Poisoning: Source of E. coli illness often can’t be found“, effectively described the difficulty associated with finding the cause of most foodborne illnesses, and the seeming futility of public health agencies’ efforts in tracing suspected pathogens to their… Continue Reading

Bacteria in Formula Poses Risk for Infants

In the October 30, 2009, edition of its weekly MMWR publication, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on an investigation in November, 2008, when Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria was isolated in two different infants.[1]  As recognized by the CDC, isolation of this organism from human specimens is rare and makes these cases notable. … Continue Reading

The Naming Of Cronobacter Sakazakii

“Classifications are theories about the basis of natural order, not dull catalogues compiled only to avoid chaos.”  Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life (1989), 98. Enterobacter sakazakii, a gram-negative bacillus, is a rare cause of bloodstream and central nervous system infections.  In 2007, following extensive study, it was proposed that the original taxonomy of Enterobacter sakazakii… Continue Reading

Class Action Foodborne-Illness Claims

“Class Action Foodborne-Illness Claims” focuses on the elements of a class action lawsuit, certification of a class, and gives reasoning to the decision behind bringing individual lawsuits on behalf of victims of foodborne illness: Because individuals injured in a foodborne illness outbreak sustain varying degrees of injuries, a class action lawsuit typically is not the… Continue Reading