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Rogers flour sold by Costco in Canada linked to new outbreak

Rogers flour Canada Costco label

Another E. coli O121 outbreak traced to flour, this time Rogers brand, has sickened at least six people in British Columbia where public health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the implicated flour. As of Friday evening neither the company, Rogers Foods Ltd. of Armstrong, British Columbia, nor the Canadian Food Inspection… Continue Reading

Family of botulism victim seeks damages from gas station

Family photos of Lavina Kelly before she contracted botulism poisoning, left, and as she is now, partially paralyzed and on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. 
Photos courtesy of family members

A mother of three who turns 33 today is among victims who are hospitalized with botulism poisoning after eating at Valley Oak Food & Fuel, a gas station in Sacramento County, CA. Lavinia Kelly remains partially paralyzed and on a ventilator as her family and friends wonder whether this will be her last birthday. She… Continue Reading

Nacho cheese sauce suspected in California botulism outbreak

nacho chip with cheese sauce

Nacho cheese sauce is the likely suspect in a botulism outbreak among patrons of a gas station in California, according to public health officials in Sacramento County. In addition to narrowing the scope of possible sources, the Sacramento County Public Health Department announced Wednesday that another patient with suspected foodborne botulism has been added to… Continue Reading

Poisoned in paradise: Rat lungworm nightmare in Hawaii

Victim, legislator, researcher skeptical of Hawaii health officials efforts regarding rat lungworm

Tatum Larson and her mother posed for this photo in Hawaii days before Tatum began having symptoms of rat lungworm disease.

Whether state officials have downplayed the danger of rat lungworm parasites, the fact remains that Hawaii is in the midst of an outbreak that has given at least three people from the mainland lasting impressions of the island state. The mainlanders — a California couple on their honeymoon and a Seattle woman who was set… Continue Reading

California officials warn of botulism risk from herbal teas

recalled deer antler tea pouches 1

Ten days after county officials alerted the public and four days after the FDA posted a recall notice for deer antler tea linked to botulism cases, the California health department issued a warning about herbal tea from U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. The two botulism cases in Orange County are not believed to… Continue Reading

Botulism outbreak raises public health concerns in California

Valley Oaks Food and Fuel California botulism

County officials have closed down food and beverage sales at a gas station in California because of an outbreak of botulism poisoning and are urging anyone who has become sick after eating there in recent weeks to immediately seek medical attention. Five people — four of whom ate food from Valley Oaks Food and Fuel… Continue Reading

CDC says soy nut butter outbreak ‘over’ — but threat continues

illustration I.M. Healthy soy nut butter

Although the government has posted its final update on the E. coli outbreak traced to SoyNut Butter Co. products — reporting 32 people across a dozen states confirmed sick —  there is an ongoing threat and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating earlier warnings. “The recalled SoyNut Butter products have long shelf… Continue Reading

Great Value, other pie and tart shells recalled for tainted flour

recalled Great Value tart shells

Another food recall in Canada is underway in the midst of an E. coli outbreak as several brands of pie and tart shells made with flour linked to 28 illnesses are being pulled from retailers across the country. Harlan Bakeries of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are warning consumers to check their homes… Continue Reading