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CDC says more frozen coconut Salmonella illnesses possible

Although the agency has posted a final investigation report on a Salmonella outbreak traced to frozen coconut, officials at the CDC are concerned that additional people could be hit by food poisoning because of the product. “This frozen shredded coconut has a long shelf life and may still be in people’s freezers. People unaware of… Continue Reading

Information sought from South African Listeria victims

The biggest listeriosis outbreak to date in the world, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is asking victims in South Africa to list everything they can remember eating in the past month with the hopes of identifying a source. Of the 872 confirmed cases, 164 people have died, 43 percent of which were babies less than a month old. “Given the scale of our mystery outbreak,… Continue Reading

Cooking water suspected cause of Olympics norovirus outbreak

Cooking water is emerging as the likely source of a foodborne norovirus outbreak, predominately among security staff, at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. As of Monday, Korea’s public health authorities had confirmed 194 cases of norovirus in the outbreak, according to the Korea Herald. No athletes have been confirmed with the highly contagious virus…. Continue Reading

Recalled dates linked to hepatitis A outbreak in Denmark

According to Denmark’s State Serum Institute, an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to dates has sickened 14 people, hospitalizing all but one, since the first confirmed illness in December 2017. During the initial interviews, several of the patients indicated having eaten dates. Juicy Dates brand dates were recalled Feb. 6. Public health epidemiologists found virus samples from seven of the patients is type… Continue Reading

EFSA: Home kitchen hygiene crucial to fight foodborne illness

Relatively minor gastrointestinal illnesses can be serious, even fatal, for people from risk groups including small children, pregnant women, very old people or people with weakened immune systems, prompting a reminder that kitchen hygiene is of vital importance. In an effort to reduce the number of foodborne infections, the Member States of the European Union… Continue Reading

FDA warnings for pecan processor and canned sauce company

A pecan shelling processor in Mississippi and acidified foods firm in Jamaica are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of U.S. food safety laws. The FDA sent warning letters to the companies in August and November of last year and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working days to respond to FDA warning letters…. Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Return Trip

Opinion

They let me back in the country this past Thursday night in Houston. My return is from two weeks of not thinking about food safety while visiting Chile and Argentina. It’s not easy to put aside Job 1. Nor was my attempt at it entirely successful. The re-entry line for citizens at the border has much… Continue Reading

Briefly: 8 straight cruises with outbreaks — FDA refuses shrimp

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 iwaspoisoned.com. Norovirus runs through 8th cruise in a row For the eighth consecutive voyage on Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, passengers… Continue Reading