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Update: 232 Sickened in Outbreak Linked to North Carolina Restaurant


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that 232 cases of diarrheal illness have been identified which are associated with eating food from the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC. The case distribution includes 16 North Carolina counties and five states. Of the North Carolina people sickened, 75 percent are residents of Davidson County… Continue Reading

Most Significant Criminal Food Safety Case Nears Conclusion


Two days have been set aside this week to resolve remaining pre-sentence issues in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case being heard in federal court in Albany, GA. While this is the most significant criminal food safety case to ever be tried in the United States, it’s gone on so long that some people… Continue Reading

44 Salmonella Cases in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products


The Canadian government is warning consumers about the safety of breaded chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and strips after 44 people have been sickened with Salmonella. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections in Ontario,… Continue Reading

Update: 86 Children Sickened in Alabama Outbreak, Staph Found in Daycare Food Samples

Baptist Medical Center

Eighty-six children may have been sickened by a Staphylococcus aureus toxin found in food served at the Montgomery, AL, daycares they attended. Of those children, 30 were hospitalized and, as of Friday, two were reportedly still there. The Alabama Department of Public Health found the toxin in food products served at both daycare center locations in… Continue Reading

Update: Salmonella Cases Linked to Boise Co-op Now at 280, Three Lawsuits Filed


The latest reported count from the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise, ID, is 280 cases of Salmonella infection linked to the Boise Co-op deli. CDHD spokeswoman Christine Myron told a Boise newspaper that reports of more cases have slowed to a trickle this week after first showing up June 8. The deli was temporarily closed in… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning for Customers of Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta


Diners who recently ate at Original Joe’s in Strathmore, Alberta, are being warned by Alberta Health Services that a kitchen worker tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious virus that can be transmitted via food, according to Canada’s CBC News. Patrons who ate at the restaurant and bar between June 9 and 19, 2015, may… Continue Reading

Update: 14 Confirmed Cases of E. Coli Linked to South Carolina Daycare

Learning Vine daycare

According to a June 17 update from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are 14 confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Greenwood County. DHEC stated that the cases involve individuals at The Learning Vine childcare facility in Greenwood, SC, and their family members. “To date, eleven (11) of… Continue Reading

Update: 18 Illnesses, 2 Deaths Reported During Ohio Salmonella Outbreak


The Salmonella outbreak which has reportedly sickened 18 people at the Heritage Corner Health Campus in Bowling Green, Ohio, now includes two possibly related deaths. According to a press release from the Wood County Health District, “Sadly, during the outbreak, we were notified that two residents who tested positive for salmonella had passed away. However, we… Continue Reading

Update: 11 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to South Carolina Daycare Center

Learning Vine daycare

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed another three E. coli infections connected to an outbreak at a daycare in Greenwood, SC, bringing the total case count to 11. These three newly revealed illnesses occurred in people who have already recovered from their infections but had not been previously associated with the outbreak… Continue Reading