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After Last Year’s Outbreak, Food Safety Summit Steps Up Precautions to Avoid Repeat

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The incident was tailor-made for snarky headlines: Foodborne illness sickens hundreds of attendees at conference dedicated to food safety. That’s exactly what happened at last April’s Food Safety Summit (FSS) in Baltimore, when 216 of 1,300 attendees fell ill with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramping and nausea. The culprit: A catered chicken dish served… Continue Reading

CDC: 115-Case Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts is Officially Over

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The Salmonella outbreak connected to bean sprouts that caused at least 115 illnesses in 12 Northeast states has been declared over, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 29 patients were hospitalized. In November, the bean sprout producer, Wonton Foods Inc., agreed to destroy remaining products while their facilities… Continue Reading

Newly Revealed Salmonella Outbreak Linked to CA Deli in Summer of 2014

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An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, sickened 21 people this past summer, but it was never announced to the public, according to documents obtained in a lawsuit by food safety law firm Marler Clark. Public health officials in California first caught on to the outbreak in July 2014, when… Continue Reading

Queseria Bendita Expands Recall to Four Types of Soft Cheeses, Plus Sour Cream

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Queseria Bendita LLC of Yakima, WA, is recalling all lots of Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson and Cotija fresh soft cheese products and Sour Cream to include those with best-by dates up to 4/16/2015 because of a potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson, Cotija fresh soft cheese products and Sour Cream were… Continue Reading

1 Death Reported in WA Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese

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State health and agriculture officials in Washington state are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to consumption of Latin-style soft cheese produced by Queseria Bendita of Yakima, WA. As of Jan. 16, 2015, a total of three… Continue Reading

2014 E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Rare and Medium-Rare Restaurant Burgers

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An outbreak of E. coli this past spring that sickened at least 12 people — and hospitalized seven of them — was caused by ground beef burgers cooked rare and medium-rare at restaurants, according to health department documents obtained by Food Safety News through records requests made over several months. This is the first time… Continue Reading

Bidart Bros. Sets Up Claim Center for Those Impacted by Listeria Outbreak

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Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, CA, announced Monday that it has launched an online information and claim center to allow those impacted by the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to the company’s apples to file claims. Those who have been injured or who would like to file a loss claim can go here to start the process…. Continue Reading

CDC Update: 7 Deaths Among Listeriosis Victims Linked to Caramel Apples

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On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a seventh death among the 32 illnesses reported in the multi-state Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to caramel apples. According to CDC, Listeriosis contributed to at least three of the deaths reported to date. Since the last case count update, one additional death was reported…. Continue Reading

CA Bakery Closed After Holiday Bread Reportedly Sickens At Least 30 People

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At least 30 people in Southern California were reportedly sickened after eating a special holiday bread known as Rosca de Reyes. The sweet bread contains candied fruit and a little baby Jesus figurine inside and is traditionally eaten on Jan. 6 to celebrate the Latin American holiday of Three Kings Day (or Epiphany Day). Local… Continue Reading

Kroger Brand Caramel Apples Added Into Happy Apples Expanded Recall

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Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, is expanding its recall of caramel apples to include Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18, 2014, because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company… Continue Reading