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Consumer Reports warns against eating any romaine lettuce

Food safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising people in the U.S. and Canada to stop eating romaine lettuce. During the past seven weeks, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from the strain of E. coli O157: H7. One person in each country has died. In the U.S., the infections have been confirmed in… Continue Reading

E. coli victim dies in U.S. but feds can’t discuss investigation

Canada says romaine lettuce is cause; no recalls or details on supplier, retailers as threat continues

Editor’s note: A spokeswoman for the CDC confirmed for Food Safety News on Jan. 3 that one person has died in the U.S., five have been admitted to hospitals and two have developed  kidney failure because of HUS as a result of their E. coli infections. One person in the U.S. has died and two others are… Continue Reading

FDA chasing after voluntary recalls, but doesn’t often take mandatory route

Timely and efficient food recalls would cut down on foodborne illnesses, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to figure out to do it. That’s the bottom line of another report on FDA food recalls by the Office of the Inspector General for the federal Health and Human Services Department. The OIG put… Continue Reading

Briefly: Wild distress — Burger recall across pond — Lab meat

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Wild Ginger restaurant outbreak update Since last week, Seattle & King County public health officials have confirmed nine… Continue Reading

Aussie baker apologizes for Salmonella outbreak, then re-opens

An Australian bakery owner started the New Year by making a “heartfelt apology” for causing an outbreak of Salmonella at Christmas time. He is hoping to save the 50-year-old business and the jobs of his 40 employees by getting the community’s support. Nathan Assender, owner of Gawler South Bakery in Adelaide, Australia, has re-opened after… Continue Reading

Deadly outbreak tied to romaine ongoing; no recall, few details

Little information is available to the public in the U.S. or Canada more than six weeks into a deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The risk is ongoing in both countries, officials report. Canadian officials are suggesting consumers in some provinces avoid all romaine lettuce. Government officials haven’t revealed any information about implicated… Continue Reading

Suspected Norovirus at Seattle-area Wild Ginger

Washington State’s Seattle-King County Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea associated with the trendy Wild Ginger restaurant in Bellevue, WA. Public Health learned on Dec. 26 of 5 ill persons from one party of diners who became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant… Continue Reading

Second Hepatitis A Positive Tim Horton’s Employee Prompts Another Vaccine Call

Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed a second case of Hepatitis A in an individual who works at a local restaurant. MCHD is providing information to alert residents and guests to the possible exposure and to recommend prompt Hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin (IG) treatment to potentially exposed individuals. The diagnosed individual works… Continue Reading

Frozen raspberry problems continued in 2017 for Canada, U.S.

Individually Quick Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of Norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016. The Quebec outbreak encompassed clients and staff of seven seniors’ residences, two daycare centers and one hotel conference in four… Continue Reading

State says ceasing Brucella vaccinations could reduce illnesses

Somewhat mixed messages are coming from health and agriculture officials in Pennsylvania in relation to antibiotic-resistant Brucella infections traced to unpasteurized, raw milk. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture sent raw milk producers an alert about “several cases of brucellosis in humans” and suggested they stop vaccinating their cattle for Brucella. The letter, provided to Food… Continue Reading