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State yanks caterer’s permit; two-thirds of wedding guests sick

An Alabama caterer whose food sickened at least two out of every three guests at a November wedding reception has surrendered his food service permit to state authorities. Darvin McDaniel, operator of Indelible Catering of Moulton, had already been effectively put out of business when Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order… Continue Reading

Alabama Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken, green beans

On Nov. 12, 150 guests dined at a catered event associated with a wedding in Colbert County, AL. At least 99 of those Alabama wedding guests later became sickened and 22 ended up being hospitalized. In a statement posted Monday, the Alabama Department of Public Health stated that all patients are recovering from the foodborne illness. Symptoms have included “vomiting,… Continue Reading

Salmonella presumed cause of 77 illnesses, 12 hospitalizations

UPDATE: According to a statement posted Thursday by the Alabama Department of Public Health, “presumptive Salmonella gastroenteritis” caused at least 77 people to become sickened and 12 to be hospitalized following a private event in Colbert County this past Saturday. All patients are recovering from what was described as vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and some fever, according to… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Gets State’s OK to Sell Ice Cream Made at Alabama Plant

Alabama Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday that Blue Bell Creameries has the green light to produce and sell ice cream from the company’s plant in Sylacauga, AL. Ron Dawsey, director of the department’s Division of Food, Milk and Lodging, told local news outlets that inspections showed Blue Bell was meeting all state public… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Plans to Start Test Production at Alabama Plant in Next Several Weeks

Blue Bell Creameries has announced plans to launch production testing of ice cream “on a limited basis” at its plant in Sylacauga, AL, sometime in the next several weeks. No specific date was given for the test production to start nor for when the company’s products would return to the marketplace. In a brief statement posted… Continue Reading

Update: 86 Children Sickened in Alabama Outbreak, Staph Found in Daycare Food Samples

Eighty-six children may have been sickened by a Staphylococcus aureus toxin found in food served at the Montgomery, AL, daycares they attended. Of those children, 30 were hospitalized and, as of Friday, two were reportedly still there. The Alabama Department of Public Health found the toxin in food products served at both daycare center locations in… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Signs Agreement With AL Similar to Those With TX, OK

Listeria control plans are key to marketplace return

Blue Bell Creameries has signed a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health laying out a series of steps the company plans to take to control Listeria contamination before its products may legally be sold there again. The company has a plant in Sylacauga, AL, which is currently closed. Paul Kruse, Blue Bell’s president and CEO, signed similar… Continue Reading

14 Confirmed Salmonella Cases Linked to Alabama Restaurant

Fourteen confirmed Salmonella cases have been confirmed by the Alabama Department of Public Health as part of their investigation into a foodborne disease outbreak at a Russellville, AL, restaurant. Two people were hospitalized after testing positive but have since been released. A department statement noted that, as of Friday, the El Patron restaurant remained closed…. Continue Reading