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Dozens Sickened After Attending Convention Banquet in California

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The San Mateo Health System is investigating the source of apparent food poisoning that sickened attendees at a NAACP convention in Redwood City, CA, this past weekend. Health officials said that 12 people were taken to the hospital by ambulance and several more transported themselves to hospitals after a banquet dinner closing the 27th Annual… Continue Reading

Update: FSIS Posts Retail Distribution List for Recalled Chicken Products

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(Update: On Wednesday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service posted a 13-page distribution list of retail stories in CO, ID, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NH, NV, RI, VT, UT, WI and WY which may have received this recalled product.) Chicago-based Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats is recalling 28,980 pounds of chicken products shipped to… Continue Reading

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

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(This article by Douglas Karas was first published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to hear from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health partners about cases… Continue Reading

Health Officials Say Raw Milk Probably Caused Campylobacter Outbreak at Wisconsin High School

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Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services say that unpasteurized (raw) milk served at a potluck team meal is the likely cause of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened close to a couple dozen Durand High School football players and coaches this past month. At least 22 members of the football team were sickened after… Continue Reading

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw, Frozen Chicken Entrees

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Minnesota health and agriculture officials announced Thursday that six recent cases of Salmonellosis in the state have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast with a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped code of P-1358. This product is… Continue Reading

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Flocks Appears to be Over

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They picked up 19 more cases and added a state to the multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to live poultry from backyard flocks, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is essentially calling it over. The outbreak traced to the source of the chicks — Ohio’s Mt. Healthy Hatcheries — appears to… Continue Reading

CDC: Nut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Investigation is Now Officially Over

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its final update on the Salmonella Braenderup infections linked to nut butters manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods. Six people were infected with the strain of Salmonella Braenderup since Jan. 1, 2014, in Connecticut, Iowa, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. Illness onset dates ranged from Jan. 20, 2014, to… Continue Reading

80 Sickened in Utah Campy Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk

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At least 80 people fell ill this summer with Campylobacter infections linked to the consumption of unpasteurized milk from a farm in Utah, according to Utah health officials speaking with state lawmakers on Wednesday. Health officials said that the outbreak also contributed to the death of one immunocompromised man. Twenty percent of cases were hospitalized…. Continue Reading

Seven Salmonella Cases Confirmed After North Carolina Church Conference

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Officials with the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services in Gastonia, NC, announced Tuesday that they are investigating reports of Salmonellosis associated with a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC. As of Tuesday afternoon, health officials said there were seven confirmed cases, with a significant number of lab… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected as Nearly 130 Children at Indiana School are Sickened

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About 130 children were out sick for two days this past week at a northwest Indiana elementary school, and district officials said that Norovirus was most likely to blame. “Twenty-seven percent of our population is significant, and it’s a concern,” Lake Central School Corporation Assistant Superintendent Al Gandolfi said about Peifer Elementary School in Schererville, IL…. Continue Reading