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Texas Salmonella Outbreak at 59 Cases; Lawsuit Filed

At least 59 people have reportedly been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak connected in part to the Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX. One of the restaurant’s customers who was sickened, Frances Childers, is filing a lawsuit against the restaurant. Her attorneys say that she suffered from kidney failure, along with abdominal pains, nausea and muscle aches…. Continue Reading

Agencies Develop New Model for Foodborne Illness Sources

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Understanding which foods are most commonly responsible for certain foodborne illnesses helps in developing effective prevention measures. Today, the three federal agencies involved in the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) released details of their new method for estimating the sources of Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. IFSAC is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Linked to MD Cucumbers Killed 1, Sickened 275 in 2014

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At least 275 people in 29 states and Washington, D.C., were sickened and one man died in a Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers grown in the Delmarva region of Maryland, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Friday. This is the first public mention of the outbreak, which occurred between… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Texas Steakhouse Sickens At Least 30

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At least 30 people have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX, according to local news website myhighplains.com. Last week, the restaurant voluntarily closed for cleaning and sanitization and has since been cleared to reopen. Officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services say they have not identified the specific… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Cases in Australia Linked to Frozen Berries Increase to 14

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At least 14 people in Australia have been sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries, both distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The following products are subject to recall:… Continue Reading

NC Restaurant Employee Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

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A restaurant employee in Charlotte, NC, has tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Health officials said the individual worked at the Dogwood Southern Table and Bar in Charlotte. The employee did not prepare food, they said, but was responsible for cleaning and polishing silverware and glasses and delivering… Continue Reading

UK Restaurant Manager, Chef Jailed After Deadly Food Poisoning Incident

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Following a 2012 Christmas Day turkey dinner at a London-area pub that sickened approximately 33 people and may have killed one of them, the manager and chef were recently sentenced to jail terms. Chef Mehmet Kaya and Manager Ann-Marie McSweeney of the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex (east of London) were convicted of lying to… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Australia Prompts Recall of Frozen Berries

Contamination reportedly traced to supplier in China

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Two brands of frozen berries are subject to nationwide recalls in Australia now that at least five people have been sickened with Hepatitis A virus. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries. Health officials have connected the products to at least three… Continue Reading

CDC Final Update: 35 U.S. Listeria Illnesses, 1 in Canada Linked to Caramel Apples

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples is likely over. “This outbreak appears to be over,” CDC stated in the agency’s Feb. 12 final update on the outbreak. “However, recalled products may still be in people’s homes. Consumers unaware of… Continue Reading