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Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples Catches Experts by Surprise

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Foodborne illness investigators know to expect a bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes on just about any food product. But even so, caramel apples were not on anyone’s radar when it became clear they were linked to a Listeria outbreak that has been associated with five deaths and at least 28 illnesses in 10 states. The U.S…. Continue Reading

Campylobacter Outbreak in WI Blamed on Raw Milk

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A state and local investigation into last September’s Campylobacter jejuni outbreak in Wisconsin ended where it began — at the Durand High School football team dinner, where raw milk from a local farm was served. After a three-month epidemiological, laboratory and environmental investigation by the Pepin County Health Department and the Wisconsin Division of Public… Continue Reading

CDC: 5 Deaths, 28 Illnesses in Multi-State Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s outbreak report posted Friday, a total of 28 people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes and five deaths have been reported in connection with commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. The 28 ill people included in this outbreak investigation have been reported from 10 states: Arizona… Continue Reading

Caramel Apples Linked to Multi-State Listeria Outbreak

4 illnesses and 2 deaths reported in MN

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The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis linked to eating caramel apples. Four people in Minnesota have become ill as part of this outbreak. All were hospitalized, and two died…. Continue Reading

CDC Update: 111 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts

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At least 111 people in 12 states have been confirmed infected with Salmonella in an outbreak linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc., according to an outbreak update posted Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-six percent of patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Since… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Names Two Farms That Sourced Raw Milk Linked to Outbreaks

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Wisconsin state officials have released the names of two farms that supplied raw milk linked to Campylobacter outbreaks of the past few years. In September 2014, 38 people were sickened after attending a potluck meal for the Durand High School football team. According to the state Department of Health Services memo released Friday, a farm operated… Continue Reading

More Than 100 People Sickened After GA High School Sports Banquet

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More than 100 people were reportedly sickened after a high school sports banquet held Dec. 8 in the Atlanta, GA, area. The cause of the gastrointestinal problems, which affected several high school football players from Centennial High School in Roswell, GA, and their parents, has not been determined. The symptoms were said to include nausea,… Continue Reading

CDC Final Update: 5 Listeria Illnesses, Including 1 Death, Linked to Mexican-Style Cheese

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Mexican-style dairy products manufactured by Oasis Brands Inc. of Miami, FL, which were recalled for Listeria contamination earlier this year, were linked to five cases of Listeriosis, including one death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that this outbreak is now over. Whole-genome sequences of the Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from recalled quesito casero… Continue Reading

25 Reportedly Hospitalized After FL Office Party

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After a large catered event Wednesday at a Maitland, FL, office building, 55 employees who reportedly became ill were treated by fire department personnel and 25 were hospitalized in stable condition. Officials said it was a possible case of food poisoning. “There’s a significant number of patients that have symptoms that are consistent with a… Continue Reading

Australian Boy, 3, Dies in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

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A 3-year-old boy has died and four other children have fallen ill in an E. coli and Cryptosporidium outbreak linked to raw milk sold by a company based in Victoria, Australia. The milk, Mountain View Organic Bath Milk, was labeled as being “for cosmetic use only” and “not for human consumption,” as well as “organic,… Continue Reading