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Briefly: Baby milk not in U.S. — Salmonella up — Steam heat

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. EU salmonella rates on the rise Over the past three years the European Union has experienced a 3 percent… Continue Reading

E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce; 21 sick, 10 hospitalized

UPDATED 8:10 p.m. EST — Outbreak investigators are warning the public that romaine lettuce is linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157 infections in Canada, with the potentially deadly strain having already hospitalized half of the victims. Three provincial health departments are reporting outbreak cases, with 21 sick people confirmed so far. Ten of the victims… Continue Reading

Certain Tim Hortons patrons should seek Hepatitis A treatment

Another restaurant worker in Michigan has tested positive for hepatitis A, this time at a Tim Hortons location in Monroe, igniting another round of recommendations from public health officials that restaurant patrons seek post-exposure treatment immediately. The post-exposure treatment for the highly contagious virus must be given within two weeks of exposure, otherwise it is… Continue Reading

CDC reports cruise ship outbreaks mostly norovirus

The holiday cruise season is steaming toward the New Year having logged less than one foodborne illness outbreak a month thus far in 2017 that met the CDC’s criteria for public posting. As of Dec. 8, there had been 10 such outbreaks involving nine ships from five cruise lines, according to the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

Baking this weekend? Check your flour and don’t lick the bowl

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For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be… Continue Reading

Gigantic cruise ship hit with foodborne illness outbreak

Almost 200 people on one of the world’s largest cruise ships are sick with what public health officials say appears to be a foodborne illness from the boat’s bottomless buffet. Part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, the American-owned Ovation of the Seas has more than 5,800 people on board for its current cruise. Australian… Continue Reading

Tests point to turkey in Salmonella outbreak in Georgia

The investigation continues, but initial test results show turkey was the source of Salmonella that sickened employees at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at a Georgia tire factory. At least five people had to be hospitalized and lab tests confirmed dozens were suffering from Salmonella infections after the Nov. 14-15 catered meals at the Toyo Tire production… Continue Reading

Briefly: Listeria’s resurrection — Wash ’em — Deadly outbreak

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Dozens dead in South Africa Listeria outbreak More than 550 people are confirmed sick, with at… Continue Reading

Few details discovered in Burger King outbreak investigation

The two Burger King locations in Bemidji, MN, remain closed Monday because of a three-month Salmonella outbreak public health officials linked to the restaurants. Most of the 26 confirmed victims became ill in September, and health officials thought the outbreak was over. However two more people, apparently infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella, became ill… Continue Reading

Pre-cut melon linked to outbreak in the Pacific Northwest

FDA pursuing source of fruit, says recall possible; Washington state leading investigation

At least 20 people are sick with Salmonella Newport infections linked to pre-cut watermelon and cantaloupe that was sold up to and including today at various grocery stores. State and federal officials are trying to determine what company supplied the fruit and whether any is still on store shelves. Anyone who bought pre-cut watermelon or… Continue Reading