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Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?



It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

Costco chicken salad label

Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

E. Coli Outbreak Traced to Chocolate Dessert Served at Reno Restaurant

The Twisted Fork

The source of the E. coli contamination which recently sickened patrons of a popular Reno, NV, restaurant has been identified as a chocolate mousse dessert. “It was a chocolate marquee mousse, basically a chocolate cake with frosting,” Phil Ulibarri, public information officer for the Washoe County Health District, told Food Safety News. The Washoe County Health District… Continue Reading

CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… Continue Reading

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in CO, UT, MT and WA


In a statement posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that it is working with other western states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October. The… Continue Reading

CDC Update: Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak Case Count Now At 45

Chipotle Mexican Grill sign

According to the latest update posted Friday, Nov. 20, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 45 people sickened in the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets in Washington and Oregon. That is an increase from 37 cases reported on Wednesday, Nov. 18. CDC noted that it is… Continue Reading

CDC: 838 Salmonella Cases in 38 States Linked to Imported Cucumbers

Bulk unwrapped cucumbers in box

The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that, as of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people from 38 states have reportedly been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico. That is an increase of 71 cases since the last update on Oct. 14,… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Cases Should Result in More Disclosure


Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa

(This editorial was first published Nov. 14, 2015, in the Des Moines Register and is posted here with permission.) More than 50 people were sickened by cooked taco meat that was served to the staff at Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School last month. The cooked meat was purchased from a grocery store shortly before it… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 Illnesses Now Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle


Nov. 13 update: The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts this outbreak at 50 total illnesses: 31 people in Washington state and 19 in Oregon. That is an increase of one more case of E. coli infection reported from Washington. The Oregon Health Authority, however, is reporting 18 E…. Continue Reading

UK’s Food Standards Agency Monitoring Tweets to Detect Outbreaks Sooner


The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reportedly been systematically checking for Twitter hashtags such as #sick and #barf in order to identify potential foodborne illness outbreaks. According to the agency’s chief scientific adviser, FSA is working with the National Health Service to monitor certain tweets via special software as a way of getting on to problems… Continue Reading