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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

Minnesota Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Restaurant Sickens 30 People

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Minnesota health officials said Wednesday that an outbreak of Norovirus in Winona County has sickened approximately 30 people during the past 10 days. Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Department of Health said that illnesses probably began around Sept. 23, although the department learned about them on Sept. 30. He said the illness, which causes vomiting… Continue Reading

More Than 100 People Sickened by Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis in New Zealand

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More than 100 people across New Zealand are sick from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and at least 35 people have been hospitalized. Most cases have been in the Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington areas. Outbreaks of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, which are not common, have previously been associated with the consumption of contaminated food, especially raw or undercooked pork products,… Continue Reading

Possible E. Coli Case Reported on Mercer Island

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The King County Public Health Department is reporting that a child from the city of Mercer Island, WA, has fallen ill with a presumptive infection of E. coli O157:H7. The child has not been hospitalized. The city has been under multiple water boil advisories for possible E. coli contamination, including one that is still in effect. After… Continue Reading

FDA: Plant Inspections Reveal Salmonella

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Environmental samples taken in July by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors at two different locations within the nSpired Natural Foods Inc. nut butter manufacturing facility in Ashland, OR, tested positive for Salmonella, according to agency inspection reports. The samples were taken at a bakery “during the manufacturing of dried pasteurized almonds lot 5461,”… Continue Reading

California Restaurant Briefly Shut Down After Being Linked to Shigella Outbreak

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Zov’s Restaurant in Irvine, CA, closed down briefly on Wednesday after a foodborne illness investigation was linked to four customers, health department officials reportedly said Thursday. Deanne Thompson of the Orange County Health Care Agency said that those sickened had eaten at Zov’s on three different dates between Sept. 16-22, and that all four had… Continue Reading

Update: CDC Says Salmonella Outbreaks in Michigan, South Carolina Are Not Related

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UPDATE: An investigation by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into both the Michigan and South Carolina Salmonella outbreaks has concluded that they are not related and are not part of any multi-state outbreak. Dr. Ian Williams, who heads up CDC’s foodborne outbreak unit, told Food Safety News on Thursday that genetic fingerprinting is… Continue Reading