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Foodborne Illness Knocks 250 Israeli Soldiers Out of Training Exercise

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The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has launched an investigation into the cause of a food poisoning incident that occurred last Friday night in the Golan Heights, an area along the Syrian border which Israel has held since the 1967 war. Israel’s Channel 2 reports that about 250 IDF Paratroopers from the 202nd Battalion came down with… Continue Reading

CDC: Source of Cucumber-Linked Outbreak Determined Too Late to Alert the Public

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In late February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a detailed report describing a summer 2014 outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers grown in the Delmarva region of Maryland. The outbreak resulted in 275 confirmed illnesses and the death of one man. Considering that CDC estimates only one in 30 Salmonella cases are confirmed, the outbreak is… Continue Reading

Nearly 100 People Sickened After Attending Philadelphia Banquet

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Dozens of lawyers and law students fell ill after attending a Feb. 27 banquet in Philadelphia, and the incident is now a suspected foodborne illness outbreak, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The city’s health department told the Inquirer it is not able to discuss details of the outbreak. The restaurant, Joy Tsin Lau, a dim-sum hotspot, reportedly has… Continue Reading

LA TV Station Reports Health Department’s Failure to Announce Salmonella Outbreak

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Over a four-month period, a popular deli in the Los Angeles area sickened at least 21 people with Salmonella poisoning, but the Ventura County Department of Public Health did not notify the public when the first cases were reported and they began their investigation. A new report by Los Angeles news station NBC4 revealed that Brent’s Deli… Continue Reading

CDC: Recalled Fruit Likely Caused Listeria Cases Last Summer

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This past summer, consumers were confronted with a series of recalls of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots and other stone fruits potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The fruit, sourced from Wawona Packing Co., was recalled from major retailers such as ALDI, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Kroger and Walmart. Many consumers began expressing concerns that they had been infected, and the… Continue Reading

Culture-Independent Diagnostics Most Common for Campylobacter, STEC

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According to Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network’s report on foodborne illness in 2013, clinical laboratories used culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) to detect more than 20,000 infections. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has delved deeper into the data collected about these tests. CIDTs are attractive to clinicians because they can be faster… Continue Reading

3 Deaths, 5 Illnesses: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Single-Serving Blue Bell Ice Cream

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State and federal health officials are investigating five cases of Listeriosis which have been linked to single-serving ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries. The five, all adult Kansas residents, were hospitalized at the time for other reasons and reportedly became ill after a majority of them consumed Blue Bell Creameries single-serving ice cream at the hospital…. Continue Reading

Napa County Looking Into 5 Hepatitis A Cases, 2 Linked to Restaurants

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Officials with the Napa County, CA, Public Health Division are investigating an unusual outbreak of Hepatitis A cases in the past two weeks, reportedly the first there in more than five years. The suspected source has not yet been announced. Two of the five confirmed cases are employees at La Toque restaurant and the Bank… Continue Reading

Texas Salmonella Outbreak Grows to 78 Cases

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At least 78 people have now been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak affecting residents of northwestern Texas, according to various news reports. A large portion of the patients are connected to the Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX, while more cases have sprung up in the communities of Bushland and Amarillo. Food Safety News will update this story after confirming… Continue Reading

Study: Contaminated Food Causes 14 Percent of Norovirus Outbreaks Worldwide

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According to new work by researchers from the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 14 percent of all norovirus outbreaks are attributed to contaminated food. Noroviruses are one of the leading causes of gastroenteritis worldwide. In the U.S., the virus causes 19-21 million illnesses, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and… Continue Reading