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Berries tied to outbreak likely only went to Tropical Smoothie

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Frozen strawberries from Egypt implicated in a Hepatitis A outbreak and used by Tropical Smoothie Café were not distributed to other restaurants or retailers as far as federal officials know, but more people are expected to get sick. Virginia, the hardest hit of the eight states with victims, reported Monday that 104 Virginians are confirmed… Continue Reading

Ontario court could shut down raw milk distribution, promotion

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The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today and tomorrow in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles. The hearing will determine if the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health were correct… Continue Reading

Raw milk distribution ongoing despite Campylobacter outbreak

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As may as 20 people are sick in Colorado in an ongoing Campylobacter outbreak, with multiple public health agencies reporting the most likely cause is raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch — some of which appears to have been distributed illegally. “All the individuals who were sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch,”… Continue Reading

Texas county blames 13 brucellosis cases on raw Mexican-style cheeses

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A record 13 cases of human brucellosis in Dallas County, TX, are being blamed on unpasteurized Mexican-style cheeses. Dallas County officials issued an advisory last week asking local clinicians to be aware of possible cases of brucellosis and elicit travel history and risk exposures from all patients with compatible clinical symptoms. When brucellosis is suspected, they… Continue Reading

FDA closes SM Fish; Listeria at facility matches sick people

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Federal officials have effectively closed down a New York company after repeatedly finding Listeria in its food production plant, reporting that one of the seven strains of the pathogen in the facility genetically matches infections in at least four people. The Food and Drug Administration has suspended the food facility registration of SM Fish Corp…. Continue Reading

Goat cheese — some unpasteurized — recalled for Listeria

To see labels for all of the recalled varieties of goat cheese from Apple Tree Goat Dairy, click on the image.

Samples of goat cheeses collected Aug. 29 by Pennsylvania officials tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes but the Apple Tree Goat Dairy’s recall notice was not posted by federal officials until Tuesday. The Richfield, PA, goat dairy has recalled feta, gouda, pasteurized chèvre and French herb chèvre cheeses because of the Listeria test results, according to… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak linked to NC cheeses appears to be over

This is one of the photos from the Chapel Hill Creamery website that shows the company's production process.

It’s been more than a month since the last Salmonella case was confirmed in an outbreak traced to cheeses from a North Carolina company, suggesting the episode is over. Some of the implicated cheeses were made with unpasteurized, raw milk. Chapel Hill Creamery recalled all of its cheese and ceased operations in late July. North Carolina’s… Continue Reading

Paralytic shellfish poison closes harbor to shellfish harvest

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Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon-Maury Island in Puget Sound is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until further notice because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). The Washington Department of Health posted the closure today for recreational harvesting, noting that the harbor remains open to commercial harvest. The closure includes all species of shellfish including… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Virginia offers few details about Hepatitis A outbreak

To view this video, posted Sunday by Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Mike Rotondo, click on the image.

UPDATE: After this story posted, a spokeswoman from the Virginia Department of Health provided additional details about the outbreak. As of the afternoon of Aug. 26, there were 35 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A, with illness onset dates ranging from May 2 through Aug. 18. Because of the long incubation period of 15 to 50… Continue Reading

Michigan warns against raw milk; two children sick from E. coli

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Michigan public health officials are urging consumers to avoid drinking or serving unpasteurized, raw milk because of two recent cases of E. coli infections in young children. Both of the children, in Oakland and Wayne counties, consumed raw milk in the days before becoming sick with what turned out to be E. coli O157:H7. “Raw… Continue Reading