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FDA fresh sprout project finds some pathogens, other problems

An analysis of fresh sprouts and the companies that grow them has revealed relatively low numbers in terms of some foodborne pathogens — but also showed low compliance rates in terms of safety measures. Out of 825 samples of seeds, water and finished sprouts tested, officials found Salmonella or Listeria contamination in only 14. None… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella outbreak continues to spread; 21 states hit

The Salmonella outbreak traced to whole, fresh papayas from a farm in Southern Mexico continues to spread, with a 25 percent increase in victims in the past week. Two more states are reporting confirmed illnesses in the outbreak, Missouri and Tennessee, bringing the total to 21 states involved with 173 victims, including one in New… Continue Reading

Recall expanded: Raspberry mousse cakes linked to outbreak

Canadian officials have expanded a recall of raspberry mousse cakes linked to a norovirus outbreak, saying at least six additional provinces are involved, and possibly the entire country. Five brands and unbranded raspberry mousse cakes are included in the recall, originally posted Aug. 11 and expanded Wednesday. “This additional information was identified during the Canadian… Continue Reading

Michigan farm recalls shell eggs because of Salmonella

A poultry farm in Michigan is reportedly recalling shell eggs in eight counties because they may be contaminated with Salmonella enteriditis, which was found at the farm during an outbreak investigation. Neither the state agriculture department nor the state health department had posted any information about the recall as of Monday night, but area media… Continue Reading

Papaya-related Salmonella victim count triples in 3 weeks

Ethnic community hit hard — 67 percent of victims with available information are Hispanic

Editor’s note:  (To read FDA and CDC outbreak updates in Spanish, click on these links:) Para leer las actualizaciones de brotes de FDA y CDC en español, haga clic en estos enlaces: FDA https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm568393.htm CDC https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/kiambu-07-17/es/index.html The deadly Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to maradol papayas from Mexico is spreading, with 32 more victims… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak linked to Wisconsin farmers market peas

Seven people have been confirmed with Salmonella poisoning linked to a peas from a July 22 Saturday Farmers Markets in Green Bay and Fond du Lac. “All seven of the patients consumed fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. Shelled peas are loose, no longer in their pod,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. The investigation into… Continue Reading

Doughnut shop norovirus outbreak victim count nears 250

With the number of victims nearing 250, public health officials in the Toledo area say they expect more illnesses to be reported in a norovirus outbreak linked to a suburban doughnut shop. Health Commissioner Eric Zgodinski, of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Health Department, met briefly with media Thursday, saying Mama C’s Donuts & Coffee in… Continue Reading

11th Circuit sets date for arguments in PCA criminal appeals

Oral arguments for the appeals of Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson are set for the week of Nov. 6, according to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The trio, once associated with the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), is appealing their jury convictions and sentences for their roles contributing to a Salmonella… Continue Reading

Ohio doughnut shop linked to norovirus outbreak; 200-plus ill

A doughnut shop in suburban Toledo, OH, remained closed Thursday as county health inspectors continued an investigation into a norovirus outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people. Mama C’s Donuts & Coffee on Conant Street in the Toledo suburb of Maumee, OH, voluntarily closed on Tuesday after public health officials informed the owners of… Continue Reading

Third importer recalls Mexican papayas in Salmonella outbreak

A third produce importer in the U.S. is recalling whole, fresh maradol papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche in Mexico because a deadly, ongoing Salmonella outbreak has been traced to papayas from the farm. Freshtex Produce LLC of Alamo, TX, posted its recall of “Valery” brand maradol papayas from the farm in Southern… Continue Reading