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USDA Case Study: Consumers Seem to Recognize the Most Dangerous Outbreaks

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A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity. The case study, produced by Fred Kuchler, Ph.D., an economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), compared warnings about cantaloupes issued in 2011 and again in 2012. The first recall was due… Continue Reading

USDA Expands Pork Recall Linked to 152 Confirmed Cases of Salmonella

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The original Aug. 13 recall of pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA, was for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Now, in an Aug. 27 expansion of that earlier recall, approximately 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in: varying weights of boxed and bagged… Continue Reading

Update: 99 Sickened After Eating at Southern CA Chipotle Restaurant

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As of Tuesday night, 99 people were reported sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, CA last week. Ventura County Public Health tells Food Safety News that 82 customers and 17 employees were sickened on Aug. 18 and 19. A number of people went to the ER, but it’s unknown if anyone was hospitalized. After… Continue Reading

CDC: 495 in 30 States Now Have Cyclospora Infection, Possibly From Cilantro

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Update: CDC posted another update on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, detailing this outbreak investigation. As of Aug. 21, the agency stated that 495 people from 30 states with confirmed Cyclospora infections had been reported, which is 19 more people than CDC reported on Aug. 18. The previous story follows: According to the latest update posted Tuesday, as of… Continue Reading

E. Coli Infects 24 People, Hospitalizes 5, in 4 Canadian Provinces

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is warning the public about an outbreak of a potentially deadly form of E. coli after at least 24 people became infected and five of them ended up being hospitalized. The 24 cases of Escherichia coli O157 occurred between July 12 and Aug. 8, 2015, with the “peak… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial Delayed in Australian Outbreak Linked to Raw Egg Mayonnaise

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A criminal trial involving a Salmonella outbreak which sickened more than 160 people in Australia in May 2013 has been delayed until February 2016. The trial was delayed in order to acquire more expert evidence, sources told a Canberra newspaper. The outbreak was reportedly linked to raw egg mayonnaise served in potato salad at the Copa… Continue Reading

Fair Lesson: Spread Soap and Water, Not E. Coli Infection

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There was a lot of hand-washing going on during the Northwest Washington Fair last week in Lynden, WA. Yes, there were the usual farm exhibits, carnival rides, food booths, music, talent shows, and much more. But the 24 hand-washing stations placed around the animal barns, along with a team of specially trained “Hand-Washing Ambassadors,” underscored the… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak a Somber Reminder About Canning Food Safely

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(This article by Martha Filipic, a writer/editor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, was originally posted here on Aug. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) COLUMBUS, OH—It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24… Continue Reading

FSIS Posts List of Outlets in WA, AK, OR Where Recalled Whole Hogs Were Sent

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted a distribution list of 60 retail and distribution outlets in Washington state, Alaska, and Oregon which received whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats of Graham, WA. The product has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that, as of Aug. 13, had sickened 134 people in WA and… Continue Reading

Four Months After Recall, Blue Bell Ice Cream is Returning to ‘Select Markets’ in Two Weeks

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Four months after a total product recall, Blue Bell Creameries plans to begin distributing its ice cream to select markets (mainly in southern states) two weeks from today. A company statement posted Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, indicates that Blue Bell officials have notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state health officials in Alabama and Texas… Continue Reading