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CDC issues advisory on Hep A outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Alert Network Advisory this week regarding Hepatitis A infections amidst a multi-state outbreak. The CDC is monitoring vaccine supplies, which some state and local health officials say have been constrained. Outbreaks have been reported in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Utah and West Virginia. The majority of… Continue Reading

Iowa added to list of states that received melon linked to outbreak

Retailers that received the implicated melon include Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon

As the FDA added another state to the list of those that received pre-cut melon implicated in a salmonellosis outbreak, the chair of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus implored federal agencies to find “what deficiencies led to this outbreak.” First reported by federal officials on June 8, the outbreak has sickened 60 people across five… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: FDA continues its role as Chicken Little

Opinion

After 25 years doing food litigation, I am seldom surprised by the announcement of a foodborne illness outbreak. It was no different last Friday when Indiana announced a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit — mainly melons sold at large retailers in several states. Over the years, people in government or in various parts of the… Continue Reading

Good news out of South Africa; only one new listeriosis death

Listeria has sickened 1,049 and killed 209 since outbreak was declared in December 2017

Only one more listeriosis death in last two weeks is good news in S. AfricaT The fortnightly report by the Republic of South Africa’s Health Department is beginning to address recovery from the world worst listeriosis outbreak as the numbers of illnesses and deaths is finally settling down. The Health Department report, prepared by the… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak linked to cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe – Fast Facts

Types of products being recalled FDA reports fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and freshcut fruit medley products containing any of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, IN, were reportedly sent to the following states: Georgia Illinois Indiana Kentucky Michigan Missouri North Carolina Ohio Companies Recalling Products: Caito Food Distribution Costco Delish… Continue Reading

Midwest convenience store serves up Cyclospora in Del Monte veggie trays

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Minnesota Department of Health, and local health departments are investigating an increase of Cyclospora infections. To date, 11 ill patients in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota have reported purchasing a vegetable tray from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip location before their illness. The La Crosse, WI-based Kwik… Continue Reading

71st Salmonella outbreak this century linked to backyard poultry

Backyard poultry flocks infected with six strains of Salmonella are responsible for 124 illnesses in 36 states, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. A third of the victims are children younger than 5. It is the 71st Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry since 2000. CDC says those outbreaks… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Fast moving Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Walmart, Kroger pull freshcut cantaloupe, watermelon from shelves; 32 people hospitalized

UPDATED CONTENT 6:25 p.m. EDT — The CDC is warning the public to not to eat pre-cut cantaloupe and watermelon from certain retailers and to throw it away if they don’t know where it’s from because of a new Salmonella outbreak that has already sickened 60 people. “There is good information from CDC, FDA, and industry that… Continue Reading