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Dairy named: Raw milk, farm animals likely cause of new E. coli outbreak among children

UPDATE — 7:15 p.m. EDT: Knox County officials have issued a public warning, naming French Broad Farm in Knoxville, TN, as the source of unpasteurized, raw milk that is linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. All raw milk or other unpasteurized products from the farm should be thrown away. Anyone who has consumed the products and… Continue Reading

One child dead, 13 others sick in raw cheese E. coli outbreak

A French company this weekend expanded its recall of cheese made with unpasteurized milk after health officials reported a seventh child has developed kidney failure because of an E. coli infection linked to the cheese. At least 14 children age 5 and younger from various regions of France are confirmed with E. coli 026 infections,… Continue Reading

Canadian Salmonella outbreak traced to raw, frozen chicken

Not yet known if U.S. outbreak is related to Canadian illnesses; suppliers not identified

State, provincial and federal officials in Canada and the United States are investigating Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw frozen breaded chicken products, but they haven’t said whether the outbreaks are related. In Canada, public health officials announced the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak June 2 just as the country’s food safety agency posted a recall of “No… Continue Reading

‘No Name’ frozen chicken recalled in Canada amidst outbreak

A Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Canada has sickened 59 people and prompted a recall of “no name” brand raw, frozen, breaded chicken patties. The recall came one day after U.S. officials announced a Salmonella outbreak that is also linked to raw, frozen, breaded chicken. In Canada, Loblaw Companies Ltd. initiated a nationwide recall for the… Continue Reading

E. coli claims 4 more lives; growers promise changes

CDC reports 197 sick in 35 states with more infections expected; FDA still searching for source

More people are sick, more people have died, and more states are reporting E. coli infections in an ongoing outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. As the CDC was releasing the new numbers Friday, growers were promising to figure out what happened and take action. Outbreak investigators have been trying to trace the romaine for two… Continue Reading

Pace of new listeriosis cases and deaths slowing in South Africa

In the world’s largest recorded listeriosis outbreak, South Africa has added four more confirmed cases and four more deaths, the National Listeria Incident Management Team reports.  The team’s latest report brings the confirmed death toll in the outbreak to 208 out of 1,038 confirmed cases through May 22, 2018. The team was set up by… Continue Reading

Pork-related E. coli outbreak likely over; frozen meat a concern

Although provincial officials have declared it over, a deadly E. coli outbreak traced to pork could cause additional illnesses because consumers and businesses may still have recalled products on hand. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak sickened at least 42 people who developed infections from the contaminated pork, according to Alberta Health Services. Thirteen people were… Continue Reading

Point: FDA says no immediate risk, no immediate answers

Opinion

Editor’s note: FDA’s Scott Gottlieb and Stephen Ostroff posted this joint blog under the title “FDA Update on Traceback Related to the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce” from their vantage points as FDA commissioner and FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, respectively. For a different view on this topic, please see “Counterpoint:… Continue Reading