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Texas Salmonella Cases Baffle Health Officials

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Health officials in Dalhart, TX, are trying to figure out what’s causing a surge in Salmonella infections, which, as of Thursday, reportedly totaled a dozen cases. Officials at Coon Memorial Hospital said the first case appeared several weeks ago and they have increased steadily since then, with some of those sickened being hospitalized. “Dehydration is… Continue Reading

CDC: Investigation Into Sprout-Linked Listeria Outbreak is Over

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a final update Tuesday on the 2014 Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to bean sprouts which killed two people and hospitalized five (four from Illinois and one from Michigan). The agency declared the investigation over and noted that, as of Nov. 7, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products Inc…. Continue Reading

Ontario Restaurant Closes After Hepatitis A Scare

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Marj’s Village Kitchen in Alma, Ontario, has permanently closed up shop following a Hepatitis A warning from the local health department this past week. Hundreds of people in the area have flocked to health clinics to receive vaccinations since Thursday, when the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Department warned anyone who ate at the restaurant between Jan…. Continue Reading

Update: Queseria Bendita Recall Now Includes All Product Best-By Dates

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Update (Jan. 26, 2015): Queseria Bendita has now expanded the recall to include all best-by dates for its products. This article has been updated to reflect the expansion. Original article published Jan. 17, 2015: Queseria Bendita LLC of Yakima, WA, is recalling all lots of Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson and Cotija fresh soft cheese products and… Continue Reading

CDC: 115-Case Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts is Officially Over

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The Salmonella outbreak connected to bean sprouts that caused at least 115 illnesses in 12 Northeast states has been declared over, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 29 patients were hospitalized. In November, the bean sprout producer, Wonton Foods Inc., agreed to destroy remaining products while their facilities… Continue Reading

Newly Revealed Salmonella Outbreak Linked to CA Deli in Summer of 2014

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An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, CA, sickened 21 people this past summer, but it was never announced to the public, according to documents obtained in a lawsuit by food safety law firm Marler Clark. Public health officials in California first caught on to the outbreak in July 2014, when… Continue Reading

1 Death Reported in WA Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese

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State health and agriculture officials in Washington state are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to consumption of Latin-style soft cheese produced by Queseria Bendita of Yakima, WA. As of Jan. 16, 2015, a total of three… Continue Reading

2014 E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Rare and Medium-Rare Restaurant Burgers

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An outbreak of E. coli this past spring that sickened at least 12 people — and hospitalized seven of them — was caused by ground beef burgers cooked rare and medium-rare at restaurants, according to health department documents obtained by Food Safety News through records requests made over several months. This is the first time… Continue Reading

Bidart Bros. Sets Up Claim Center for Those Impacted by Listeria Outbreak

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Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, CA, announced Monday that it has launched an online information and claim center to allow those impacted by the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to the company’s apples to file claims. Those who have been injured or who would like to file a loss claim can go here to start the process…. Continue Reading

CDC Update: 7 Deaths Among Listeriosis Victims Linked to Caramel Apples

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On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a seventh death among the 32 illnesses reported in the multi-state Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to caramel apples. According to CDC, Listeriosis contributed to at least three of the deaths reported to date. Since the last case count update, one additional death was reported…. Continue Reading