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DeCosters, Quality Egg LLC Object to Pre-Sentence Investigation Reports

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The defendants in the criminal case involving Quality Egg LLC, including Austin (Jack) DoCoster and his son Peter, are objecting to the pre-sentence investigation reports that have been filed under seal with the court. Both the Aug. 14 reports and the Aug. 28 objections filed against them by the defendants are sealed, making it impossible… Continue Reading

State Halts Raw Milk Sales From Idaho Dairy

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The sale of raw milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma, ID, has been put on hold until further notice by the Idaho Department of Agriculture after recently testing positive for Cryptosporidium. Milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres tested positive for the parasite the week of Aug. 24, according to news reports. Two Canyon County residents who… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Alumni Dinner in Michigan

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There have been eight laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella linked to a Hillsdale County, MI, festival that lasted from July 31 to Aug. 3. There were 33 probable cases. The outbreak was linked to the Reading Summer Festival Days alumni reunion dinner held on Aug. 2 for all graduates of the city’s schools. Many of the… Continue Reading

Green Cabbage Likely Caused Minnesota’s Recent E. Coli O111 Outbreak

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The 15 cases of E. coli O111 reported in Minnesota this summer were probably linked to green whole head cabbage, says the state’s health department. Health officials’ routine monitoring identified the cases of illness associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O111. Bacterial isolates from all of the cases had the same DNA fingerprint. The illnesses occurred between… Continue Reading

Texas Cyclospora Cases Linked to Mexican Cilantro

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At least 126 Cyclospora-related illnesses in Texas reported this year have now been traced back to fresh cilantro imported from Mexico, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. State and federal health officials revealed the source of the outbreak at the same time they announced that the outbreak was considered over. The case… Continue Reading

Update: UK Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Three Deaths Likely Came From a Single Source of Eggs

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The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in the U.K. has now sickened nearly 250 people, and three of them have reportedly died. And, according to public health officials, the illnesses can likely be traced back to a single source of eggs. Public Health England officials said that 30 cases have now been reported in London, 54 in the West… Continue Reading

Utah Reports 45 Campylobacter Illnesses Linked to Raw Milk Dairy

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Utah is investigating a cluster of 45 cases of Campylobacter infections associated with the consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk from Weber County. According to public health officials, those reporting illnesses were people who said they drank raw milk before getting sick. Reports include cases from Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties,… Continue Reading

CDC: Four Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Peanut, Almond Butter Brands

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According to an update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since Jan. 1, 2014, four people from four states are reported to be infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup linked to recalled peanut and almond butter products. The bacteria were found during inspections of the manufacturing facility in Ashland, OR. The number… Continue Reading

125 People in Alberta Sickened With E. coli From Unknown Source

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Alberta Health Services is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. There have been 125 confirmed cases reported between July 15 and August 2o. The investigation has not confirmed the source(s) of illness related to this outbreak, but Dr. Chris Sikora, the Edmonton Zone’s medical officer of health, says that nearly 80 per cent of cases were associated… Continue Reading

Alaska Health Officials Suspect Botulism in One Death, Two Illnesses

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Officials with the Alaska Division of Public Health are reported to be looking into a potential botulism cluster in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area west of Anchorage linked to the consumption of fermented fish heads. After four people shared a traditional Yupik meal of the fish heads, one later died and two others were sickened, said… Continue Reading