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Beach Beat: Sprout, sprout, let it all out — comment now

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Fresh, raw sprouts are among the most notorious of offenders in terms of foodborne illness outbreaks with almost 2,500 confirmed victims, including three deaths, in the past 20 years in the U.S. alone. Add in the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe — which sickened more than 3,900 people, killing 53 and leaving about 800… Continue Reading

State yanks caterer’s permit; two-thirds of wedding guests sick

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An Alabama caterer whose food sickened at least two out of every three guests at a November wedding reception has surrendered his food service permit to state authorities. Darvin McDaniel, operator of Indelible Catering of Moulton, had already been effectively put out of business when Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order… Continue Reading

When food safety crisis hit, Perdue had to prepare for next one

Former Gov. Sonny Purdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.

This century’s most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness came out of the state of Georgia while secretary of agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue was governor, and there was not much he could do about it. After King Nut peanut butter made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was implicated in the deadly nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, investigators from… Continue Reading

Rare strain of E. coli strikes across Canada: source unknown

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A dozen cases of E. coli O121 have been confirmed in three Canadian provinces, according to matching genetic fingerprint data, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports four of the rare O121 cases were confirmed in British Columbia, four in Saskatchewan and four in… Continue Reading

Gulfport restaurant remains closed; more than 50 infected

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A Gulfport, MS, restaurant remains closed as state officials investigate an outbreak of unusual E. coli infections among people who ate there during the last two weeks of 2016. Captain Al’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant was closed by public health officials on Jan. 4 after more than 50 people reported becoming ill, according to a… Continue Reading

Chipotle still seeking food safety; Ells says ‘esoteric’ plan failed

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Repeating phrases they have been using for the past year, officials with Chipotle Mexican Grill this week announced food safety enhancements and dismal sales numbers. The news broke Monday that the Denver-based burrito chain would be installing new air purifying equipment and ice machine sanitizers in all of its existing 2,200 fast food restaurants and… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak traced to hazelnuts from Oregon farm

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Oregon officials are warning consumers to check their homes for hazelnuts from the Schmidt Farm and Nursery farm stand and to immediately discard them because they have been named the cause of a Salmonella outbreak. The warning Friday from the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division reported five people have been confirmed in the outbreak… Continue Reading

Mother, son sue eatery for Thanksgiving dinner food poisoning

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A mother and her son who were among the 260 people sickened by bacteria-contaminated food served by the Golden Ponds Restaurant & Party House are suing for their injuries and damages. Attorneys Paul V. Nunes of Rochester, NY, and Bill Marler of Seattle filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Natalie Woods and her son Connor Wynn… Continue Reading

Europe experiencing an increasing trend of listeriosis

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European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis illnesses since 2008, except for a stabilization of infections from the pathogen from 2014 to 2015. Most infected people were over 64 years of age. The findings are included in the most recent annual report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control… Continue Reading

UK’s raw milk vending machine outbreak expands; 56 sick

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Editor’s note: For details on efforts in New Jersey and Texas to allow in-state sales of unpasteurized raw milk, the interstate sale of which is prohibited by federal law, please see “Raw milk advocates make the most of anti-reg mood in U.S.”  One carry-over from 2016 in United Kingdom is Campylobacter, remaining in 2017 as… Continue Reading