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Update: Two Maine Boys Were Infected by Same Strain of E. Coli


Oct. 9 update: A state epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the two boys who became ill after visiting a petting zoo last month were both infected by E. coli O111. “The strain and molecular typing from each patient was identical, making it highly likely that the cases acquired the… Continue Reading

Hawaii Health Officials Close Oahu Bakery for Food Safety Violations

Hawaii bakery red placard

A popular bakery on Oahu’s North Shore is the first food establishment to be shut down since Hawaii’s food safety inspection placard program started last year. The Paalaa Kai Bakery in Waialua specializes in Portuguese and other sweet treats. In issuing the red placard on Oct. 6 closing the bakery, the Hawaii State Department of Health was following… Continue Reading

Midamar, Islamic Services Hit With $600,000 Forfeiture in Halal Case


A preliminary order of forfeiture has been entered in the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa requiring defendants Midamar Corporation and Islamic Services of America to pay a judgment of $600,000 to the federal government. Signed by Chief Judge Linda R. Reade, the order was entered after the business entities each pleaded guilty to one… Continue Reading

USDA Scientist Wins ‘Sammie’ Award for Food Safety Work


Hyun Lillehoj, Ph.D., has won an “Oscar of government service” for her work in food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In her 30 years with USDA, Lillehoj has studied the immune systems of chickens and turkeys and worked to reduce and treat parasitic and bacterial poultry diseases. Lillehoj, a senior research molecular biologist… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Texas Community Church Luncheon

Bethesda United Methodist Church

At least 30 people were reportedly sickened following a recent community meal at a church northwest of Weatherford in Parker County, TX. Several of them, including children, were admitted to local hospitals, according to family members. Symptoms being reported included kidney problems and dehydration. The Bethesda United Methodist Church calendar indicates that a “covered dish… Continue Reading

FDA: Gastrointestinal Problems Reported From Eating Recalled Cheerios

Gluten-free Cheerios

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly received at least 125 complaints from people who say they developed gastrointestinal problems from September on after eating what they thought were gluten-free Cheerios. General Mills Inc. just recalled 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios and the company’s gluten-free Honey Nut Cheerios after finding out that the products, primarily… Continue Reading

Sentencings for Selling Cows With ‘Cancer Eye’ Pushed Into 2016


The sentencings of defendants in a scheme to fool the U.S. Department of Agriculture and sell cattle with diseased eyeballs has again been delayed, some into next year. After spending 14 minutes hearing a defense motion on Sept. 3, federal Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley continued the hearing to allow the attorneys to work out how… Continue Reading

E. Coli Outbreak in Scotland Linked to Venison Sickens 9


Scotland’s health agencies are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infection associated with the consumption of venison products. As of Sept. 4, 2015, there were nine cases of infection with the same strain of E. coli O157 PT32 reported across Scotland. All of those sickened either consumed venison products, such as steaks, grillsteaks, sausages and meatballs,… Continue Reading

FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy


In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of… Continue Reading

Could the UK Chicken Price War be Adding to the Campylobacter Problem?


Some critics say that the health of British families is being put at risk because an ongoing retail “price war” on chicken is keeping investments from being made to help reduce Campylobacter contamination. Professor Chris Elliott, who conducted the British government’s inquiry into the 2013 horse meat scandal, says that U.K. chicken farms could limit the Campylobacter incidence by not “thinning”… Continue Reading