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2nd pathogen in fundraiser outbreak; jambalaya still suspect

A second pathogen is in play in a northeast Louisiana outbreak thought to be caused by jambalaya served at a softball fundraising event Monday. By Friday afternoon, 125 people were confirmed sick and investigators found some of them are positive for the bacterium Clostridium perfringens. Thursday state health officials said they had confirmed Salmonella in… Continue Reading

Louisiana Salmonella outbreak confirmed; jambalaya eyed

Louisiana officials have confirmed a Salmonella outbreak in Caldwell Parish, reporting one possible death and dozens of illnesses. The source has been tentatively identified as jambalaya served at a local fundraising event on Monday. “The fundraiser was supported by many local businesses throughout the community that purchased plates of jambalaya, which is the suspected cause,”… Continue Reading

More sick, 1 possible death in Salmonella outbreak in Canada

"Janes Pub Style" frozen, breaded chicken products recalled because DNA sample matches victims

Canadian health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for certain frozen “Janes Pub Style” breaded chicken because DNA tests have matched Salmonella in the products to victims of a nationwide outbreak, which already may have killed one person. Consumers should not eat the products, according to a Wednesday update from the Public Health… Continue Reading

Crown won’t prosecute Errington Cheese for 3 year old’s death

Based on the existing evidence, the Crown Office announced Monday it would not prosecute Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd. or its owners for the death of a 3-year old girl in September 2016. A criminal prosecution is still possible if new evidence becomes available and the authorities may conduct a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI). The death came… Continue Reading

iwaspoisoned.com alerts officials to outbreak at Georgia Tech

For at least the third time this year, the crowd-sourced website iwaspoisoned.com has identified a foodborne illness outbreak, this time among students who ate at a Georgia Tech dining hall. The “North Avenue Dining Hall” at the university in Atlanta started showing up in reports on the foodborne illness website in the past couple of… Continue Reading

FSN Briefly

Noro's no fun, even in Hawaii — Comment now on label delay — Raw milk issues across the pond

Herringbone prepares to reopen after outbreak Dozens more people who ate at the posh Herringbone restaurant have been confirmed with norovirus since the owners voluntarily closed down Thursday, but some local media is reporting the Waikiki restaurant is scheduled to reopen today. As of this weekend, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 45 confirmed cases… Continue Reading

CORRECTED: Ground beef recalled because of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses

CORRECTED CONTENT: State and federal officials have traced two cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection to ground beef from Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing LLC. The company recalled 133 pounds of their ground beef today, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ground beef was produced and packaged on July 24 and 25. The company sold the recalled product… Continue Reading

State OKs raw milk dairy to resume sales; Brucella risk remains

Texas health officials agreed yesterday to allow a raw milk dairy to resume sales, but warned that the threat of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis infection remains for anyone who drank the dairy’s unpasteurized milk this summer. The strain of antibiotic-resistant Brucella (RB51) bacteria, isolated from a woman in a Texas hospital, is a genetic match for Brucella… Continue Reading

Salmonella source at cook-off still a mystery; dozens sickened

Public health officials in Virginia continue to implore anyone who attended a chili/chowder cook-off event Sept. 30 at the Chincoteague carnival grounds to fill out an online survey to help with a foodborne illness outbreak investigation. The Virginia Department of Health posted the survey after dozens of people reported becoming ill after the annual Chincoteague… Continue Reading