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Two Salmonella Outbreaks in Minnesota Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products

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The Minnesota Department of Public Health is urging consumers to handle raw chicken products carefully and cook them thoroughly after seven recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The illnesses prompted health officials to remind consumers that the products may look cooked, but are… Continue Reading

At Least 96 Sickened With Norovirus at North Carolina Sushi Burger Bar

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At least 96 people were sickened with norovirus from The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in Charlotte, NC, in early June, reports the Charlotte Observer. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed one norovirus case with laboratory testing and said the other 95 were “probable” cases. The Cowfish closed on June 5 and… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert About Minnesota Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Prepared Chicken Products

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by two separate strains of Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. These items may be labeled “chicken cordon bleu” or “chicken Kiev.” The State of Minnesota… Continue Reading

Update: Salmonella Cases Linked to Boise Co-op Total Approximately 290, Four Lawsuits Filed

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The latest reported count from the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise, ID, is “approximately 290 cases” of Salmonella infection linked to the Boise Co-op deli. That tally was posted on Wednesday, July 1. “Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending and the specific… Continue Reading

Update: 1 Death, 248 Illnesses in Outbreak Linked to NC Restaurant

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In an update posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that 248 cases of diarrheal illness and one death have now been identified in connection with the Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant in Lexington, NC. The update gave the following information: Of these 248 people, case distribution includes 19 North Carolina… Continue Reading

Updated: Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas Sickens 103 People

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Update (July 2): The number of illnesses in this outbreak has risen to 103. The article below has been updated to reflect this new case count. For the third summer in a row, Texas is dealing with an outbreak of Cyclospora. At least 103 Texans have been hit with Cyclospora infections this year, as health authorities… Continue Reading

Most Significant Criminal Food Safety Case Nears Conclusion

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Two days have been set aside this week to resolve remaining pre-sentence issues in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case being heard in federal court in Albany, GA. While this is the most significant criminal food safety case to ever be tried in the United States, it’s gone on so long that some people… Continue Reading

44 Salmonella Cases in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products

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The Canadian government is warning consumers about the safety of breaded chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and strips after 44 people have been sickened with Salmonella. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections in Ontario,… Continue Reading

Update: 86 Children Sickened in Alabama Outbreak, Staph Found in Daycare Food Samples

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Eighty-six children may have been sickened by a Staphylococcus aureus toxin found in food served at the Montgomery, AL, daycares they attended. Of those children, 30 were hospitalized and, as of Friday, two were reportedly still there. The Alabama Department of Public Health found the toxin in food products served at both daycare center locations in… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning for Customers of Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta

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Diners who recently ate at Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta, are being warned by Alberta Health Services that a kitchen worker tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious virus that can be transmitted via food, according to Canada’s CBC News. Patrons who ate at the restaurant and bar between June 9 and 19, 2015, may… Continue Reading