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U.S. officials watching international outbreak; no illnesses here

CDC and FDA consulting with European officials on deadly Listeria outbreak traced to vegetables

Federal officials in the United States are investigating the supply chain of frozen vegetables linked to a deadly, international Listeria outbreak. Nine people in Europe and one in Australia who were infected with the outbreak strain have died. Food safety officials in Europe reported earlier this week that the implicated frozen vegetables had been distributed… Continue Reading

Spanish officials investigating illnesses linked to chard, cheese

Two people have fallen ill in Spain after eating chard sold in jars. The product, packaged under the Ybarra brand, is suspected to contain high levels of tropane alkaloids. The Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) reported that it was informed about the situation by health officials in Madrid. The agency said the… Continue Reading

107 countries received frozen vegetables recalled for Listeria

U.S., Canada among implicated countries; EU officials say traceability hindered by re-exporting

The U.S. and Canada are among more than 100 countries potentially affected by a recall of frozen vegetables due to Listeria monocytogenes. An outbreak traced to the vegetables from Greenyard Frozen has sickened 47 people in five European countries. Nine people have died. Greenyard, a producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruits and vegetables linked to… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak at seniors’ facility linked to two deaths

A Salmonella outbreak at a senior citizens’ home in a German town has been linked to two deaths. At least 23 people have been confirmed with salmonellosis in the outbreak. Since June 26, two nurses and 21 residents of the Alten-und Pflegeheim Karlslust facility in Storkow have fallen ill. Salmonella Panama was detected in eight of… Continue Reading

Restaurant closed for second time amidst Salmonella outbreak

The North Reading Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health report Kitty’s Restaurant & Lounge is closed until further notice because of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, including some of the restaurant’s employees. It is the second time since July 5 that the restaurant has closed because of the Salmonella infections, according to a July 13 update from… Continue Reading

Parasites linked to McDonald’s likely not part of Del Monte outbreak

McDonald’s officials decided to pull salads from 3,000 of their U.S. restaurants while they work with federal and state investigators to find the specific source of Cyclospora parasites that have infected more than 100 people. The outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to the McDonald’s salads is not thought to be related to another ongoing outbreak of… Continue Reading

Yersinia hits Norway; previous outbreaks traced to salad

An outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica has affected 18 people across Norway, according to authorities. It is the third Yersinia outbreak in the country since 2011. Folkehelseinstituttet (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) said the source of infection is being investigated and bacteria with similar DNA profiles have been detected in all cases. The outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica… Continue Reading