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Several Campylobacter Cases Linked to Raw Milk Reported in Indiana

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According to the health department in Daviess County, Indiana, Campylobacter cases have been reported in several children younger than 2 in the Odon and Montgomery areas of the county. Some of the cases have been linked to drinking unpasteurized, or raw, milk, reports the Washington Times Herald. Bacteria such as E. coli O157, Campylobacter and Salmonella can contaminate milk during the… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed Against California Restaurant Linked to March Salmonella Outbreak

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Two California women are suing Don Antonio’s, claiming they were both infected with Salmonella after meeting for lunch at the popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant. Tamara T. Tayarani and Margaret Howard were not alone since numerous Don Antonio’s customers took to social media, including Yelp and Twitter, to spread the word about the March illnesses they blamed… Continue Reading

Inspectors Find Listeria at Bidart Bros. Cooling and Packing House

Caramel apples were linked to 2014 Listeria outbreak

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Inspector observations from the investigation into the role of Bidart Bros. in last year’s 12-state outbreak of Listeriosis involving commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples found that the problem could well have originated in the California grower’s apple cooler and packing facility. The observations are found on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 483 forms completed after… Continue Reading

New British Pub Associated With Gastrointestinal and Salmonella Illnesses

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Reports of food poisoning associated with a new pub in northeastern England are pointing toward a dual outbreak of both Salmonella and gastrointestinal illness. Since the weekend of May 16-17, 2015, customers of Anson Farm, a pub restaurant at Thornaby which just opened a month ago, have been reporting illnesses. Public Health England (PHE) reports 20 confirmed… Continue Reading

Report: About 20-30 Percent of Foodborne Illness Victims File Lawsuits

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Approximately 20-30 percent of victims in foodborne illness outbreaks seek legal action against the companies whose products sickened them or their family members, according to an attorney quoted in a May 24 report by the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper interviewed a number of lawyers who specialize in foodborne illness litigation after a complaint was filed last week against Blue… Continue Reading

Nearly 200 People Sue UK Restaurant After Norovirus Outbreak

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A restaurant in Exeter in the United Kingdom is facing a lawsuit from 193 diners who say they were sickened with norovirus after eating there just before Easter of this year. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that a franchise location of the Toby Pub & Carvery did not immediately shut down after becoming aware of a… Continue Reading

ProPublica Study Dishes on Cruise Ship Food Safety Problems

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With more than 22 million passengers each year, cruise ships are a popular way to get out and see the world, but they’re also a great venue for spreading contagious foodborne illnesses to a large number of people in a short amount of time, according to a new study on the health and safety of the… Continue Reading

New Jersey Township Tries Again for Fines on Food Safety Violators

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After dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A late last year, Hamilton Township, NJ, has introduced new food safety laws to fine restaurants for health violations and require that establishments prominently display food license and food inspection reports. If passed by the Hamilton Township Council, Ordinance 15-025 would require restaurants to pay $350 for a… Continue Reading

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