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NC Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Re-Cooked Pulled Pork

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A Salmonella outbreak in North Carolina this past fall that sickened dozens of people has been linked to re-cooked pulled pork served at a church conference. According to news reports published Friday, the problem was probably smoked Boston butt prepared overnight by a member of the Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC, and then re-cooked the… Continue Reading

Texas Salmonella Outbreak at 59 Cases; Lawsuit Filed

At least 59 people have reportedly been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak connected in part to the Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX. One of the restaurant’s customers who was sickened, Frances Childers, is filing a lawsuit against the restaurant. Her attorneys say that she suffered from kidney failure, along with abdominal pains, nausea and muscle aches…. Continue Reading

Agencies Develop New Model for Foodborne Illness Sources

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Understanding which foods are most commonly responsible for certain foodborne illnesses helps in developing effective prevention measures. Today, the three federal agencies involved in the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) released details of their new method for estimating the sources of Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. IFSAC is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Linked to MD Cucumbers Killed 1, Sickened 275 in 2014

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At least 275 people in 29 states and Washington, D.C., were sickened and one man died in a Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers grown in the Delmarva region of Maryland, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Friday. This is the first public mention of the outbreak, which occurred between… Continue Reading

WI Dairy’s Permit Suspended After Campylobacter Outbreak

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A Pepin County dairy farm’s Grade A permit is being suspended for 30 days, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The farm, owned by Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, WI, supplied the raw milk that caused 38 Campylobacter jejuni infections in those attending a Durand High School event last September…. Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Texas Steakhouse Sickens At Least 30

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At least 30 people have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX, according to local news website myhighplains.com. Last week, the restaurant voluntarily closed for cleaning and sanitization and has since been cleared to reopen. Officials from the Texas Department of State Health Services say they have not identified the specific… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Cases in Australia Linked to Frozen Berries Increase to 14

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At least 14 people in Australia have been sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries, both distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The following products are subject to recall:… Continue Reading

NC Restaurant Employee Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

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A restaurant employee in Charlotte, NC, has tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Health officials said the individual worked at the Dogwood Southern Table and Bar in Charlotte. The employee did not prepare food, they said, but was responsible for cleaning and polishing silverware and glasses and delivering… Continue Reading

UK Restaurant Manager, Chef Jailed After Deadly Food Poisoning Incident

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Following a 2012 Christmas Day turkey dinner at a London-area pub that sickened approximately 33 people and may have killed one of them, the manager and chef were recently sentenced to jail terms. Chef Mehmet Kaya and Manager Ann-Marie McSweeney of the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex (east of London) were convicted of lying to… Continue Reading