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Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi Now Total 53 People in 9 States

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According to updates posted Thursday by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are now 53 people in 9 states infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+). Ten of those sickened have been hospitalized, and no deaths have… Continue Reading

Exotic Kosher Cuisine Event in New York City Results in Illness Outbreak

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Approximately 20 people have reported symptoms of foodborne illness after attending an event at a Manhattan synagogue dedicated to exotic kosher cuisine, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The incident, which occurred on May 5, is under investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The event showcased rarely consumed foods… Continue Reading

Update: 60 Now Sickened in WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Grocery Store

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Updated May 21: Health officials have updated the case count from 20 cases to more than 60. This article has been updated to reflect the new information. Health officials in Kenosha County, WI, are investigating more than 60 Salmonella illnesses reportedly connected to consumption of meat from the grocery store Supermercado Los Corrales in Kenosha, according to… Continue Reading

Those on the Lookout for Listeria are Finding It This Year

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More than two dozen food recalls so far this year due to contamination with deadly Listeria monocytogenes do not necessarily mark an increase, but they are involving a much broader range of foods and popular brands which the public has never before associated with the nasty pathogen. And while Listeria-related recalls this year are numerous, only one of… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 50 People in 9 States

Raw tuna sushi could be the source

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At least 50 people in the southwestern U.S. have been sickened with a rare strain of Salmonella that has been associated with consumption of raw tuna sushi in several states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC said Monday that the agency is working with public health officials in nine states to… Continue Reading

Arizona Reports Nine-Case Outbreak From Rare Strain of Salmonella

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Maricopa County, AZ, is reporting nine illnesses from a rare strain of Salmonella paratypi which officials say is associated with raw minced or ground tuna used in sushi. Disease onset for the nine AZ cases was from April 3-16, 2015, and three people have been hospitalized, the county reported on Friday, May 15. “We are early into… Continue Reading

6 New Mexico Salmonella Cases Possibly Linked to Sushi

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The New Mexico Department of Health, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and the New Mexico Environment Department are investigating a cluster of illness caused by Salmonella Paratyphi. There have been six confirmed cases reported in New Mexico residents, with onsets of illness from April 4 to May 1, 2015. Five individuals reside in… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Agrees to Listeria Testing and Reporting Regime for Plants in Texas and Oklahoma

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The president and CEO of Blue Bell Creameries signed voluntary agreements on Thursday with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry holding the company to a detailed Listeria testing and reporting regime before selling any ice cream made at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, or the one… Continue Reading

CDC, State Public Health Experts Heading to NW Washington to Help With E. Coli Investigation

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A team of state and federal public health experts is heading to Whatcom County, WA, to help with an ongoing investigation into the recent E. coli outbreak there. The outbreak, with a case count of 45 people (23 lab-confirmed, 22 probable, and 8 who were hospitalized), has been linked to a dairy festival held late last month in… Continue Reading

K-State Food Safety Professor: Don’t Take Chances With Listeria

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Listeria contamination has caused 16 different recalls in just two months, and a Kansas State University food safety specialist has an explanation about why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria. “Listeria is a group of bacteria that is found in cold, wet environments,” said Fadi Aramouni, Ph.D., Extension specialist and professor… Continue Reading