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Health Officials Investigating Potential Illness Outbreak at Food Safety Summit

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Reports of an illness outbreak at last week’s Food Safety Summit (FSS) in Baltimore have state and local health officials checking for symptoms among those who attended the three-day event from April 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. It was not clear whether food or a virus was suspected as the source of the possible… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Suspected in Southern Illinois, Two Hospitalized

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A possible outbreak of food poisoning earlier this month sickened several people and hospitalized two in Mt. Vernon, IL, according to a news report published Tuesday. The sicknesses occurred around April 6, but additional details were sketchy. One victim reportedly told local media outlets that he had become ill after attending a brunch at the… Continue Reading

Clostridium Perfringens Apparent Cause of Michigan Outbreak

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The Muskegon County Department of Health reports that preliminary results from the Michigan Department of Community Health have shown the presence of a common foodborne illness-causing bacteria called Clostridium perfringens in a sample tested from Bonicki’s Restaurant and Sports Bistro. Public health officials had reported receiving at least six calls from local customers who fell… Continue Reading

Consumers Warned About Toxins in Anchovies and Sardines From Two CA Counties

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The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat commercially or recreationally caught anchovies or sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab, from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. According to CDPH, dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these species and could be present in others…. Continue Reading

Dinner Rolls Likely Source of Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Minnesota Restaurant

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Minnesota health officials have identified dinner rolls as the likely source of bacteria which sickened dozens of Old Country Buffet diners in Maple Grove, MN, in January. The rolls were likely cross-contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis from raw chicken used in the restaurant, Minnesota Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz reportedly said. The state’s joint investigation with Hennepin County found that… Continue Reading

Illness Outbreak Investigated at Colorado Health Fair

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The Rio Grande County Public Health Department in southwestern Colorado is investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. The illness reportedly started with food served at the 9Health Fair in Monte Vista, CO, on Saturday, April 5. Fair officials said the food at the fair was supplied by the Kiwanis Club. Rio Grande County Public Health… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected at Chuck E. Cheese’s Near Minneapolis

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Hennepin County health officials are investigating why a number of people apparently got sick after eating this past weekend at the Chuck E. Cheese’s outlet in Maple Grove west of Minneapolis. Health Department spokesman Bill Billknap said that norovirus was suspected after public health officials contacted others who ate there by using cash register receipts… Continue Reading

Michigan Public Health Officials Investigating Illnesses Linked to Sports Bar

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Public health officials in Muskegon County, MI, have launched a foodborne illness investigation after at least six calls about illnesses came in from local customers of a Muskegon sports bar. An April 9 news report stated that recent patrons of Bonicki’s Sports Bistro were being asked to fill out an online survey about what time… Continue Reading