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Great Value, other pie and tart shells recalled for tainted flour

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Another food recall in Canada is underway in the midst of an E. coli outbreak as several brands of pie and tart shells made with flour linked to 28 illnesses are being pulled from retailers across the country. Harlan Bakeries of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are warning consumers to check their homes… Continue Reading

Officials won’t name restaurant in ongoing Missouri outbreak

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Public health officials in Missouri still have not named the restaurant in the state’s capital city where 14 out of 36 people with Salmonella infections ate before becoming ill. The Cole County Health Department is investigating the outbreak with the help of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Jefferson City Environmental… Continue Reading

New testing methods account for some increases in illness stats

CDC reports Campylobacter, Salmonella cause most bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016

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The winners for the dubious distinction of causing the most food borne illnesses for 2016 is out. According to preliminary data recently published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Campylobacter and Salmonella caused the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016. The finding is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance… Continue Reading

FDA report shows cheese maker knew of Listeria in facility

Two dead in Listeria outbreak traced to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York

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The owner of Vulto Creamery, whose raw milk cheese has killed at least two people in a multi-state Listeria outbreak, had been getting positive results for the pathogen from his equipment and production plant for at least 20 months before he initiated a recall in March. Inspections of Johannes H. Vulto’s cheese-making operation in Walton,… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak strain in several flour brands from Ardent Mills

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country. Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please, put me out of business

Opinion

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From about 2011 though the summer of 2015 business was slower for The Food Safety Law Firm, which meant on average less people were sickened by the food they ate. For some time I thought the food industry was actually “Putting me out of Business.” However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its… Continue Reading

Crowdsourcing was right about Weston Jimmy John’s outbreak

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Iwaspoisoned.com, the crowdsourcing site for safer dining, was correct in finding norovirus was making people sick after they ate at the Weston Jimmy John’s near Wausau, WI. The Marathon County Health Department reports a norovirus outbreak was responsible for making about 100 people since April 7.  The department began collecting reports from people who picked… Continue Reading

Illness reports from Wisconsin Jimmy Johns show up on crowdsourcing site

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The Weston, WI Jimmy John’s restaurant is being investigated by the Marathon County Health Department over possible food poisoning.  “We have received some complaints and are doing follow-up,” Health and safety director Dale Grosskurth said. “It’s a full investigation.” The crowdsourcing site  iwaspoisoned.com reports collecting  eight reports with a 19 total illnesses, according to spokesman… Continue Reading

Boston’s Chicken & Rice Guys shutdown to “sort out” E. coli outbreak

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The Chicken & Rice Guys has closed its four restaurants and parked its food trucks after a week that ended with 14 of its “halal grub” customers being infected with E. coli O157:H7, and sending ten to Boston area hospitals. The temporary shutdown also came with a Facebook Live video apology from Chicken & Rice… Continue Reading

Rat lungworm cases spike on two Islands, Maui and Big Island

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Hawaii is experiencing an uptick in rat lungworm disease.  Six confirmed cases on Maui and another three confirmed cases on  the Big Island were reported over the last three months with no deaths.   That’s about as many cases as are ever experienced over the course of a year. Some cases do get more public… Continue Reading