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CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… Continue Reading

CA Shigella Outbreak Now at 190 Illnesses; Seafood Restaurant Remains Closed


Oct. 28 update: As of Tuesday night, Oct. 27,  the number of outbreak-associated cases of Shigella reported to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department stands at 190. There are 151 Santa Clara County residents and 39 people who live in other counties among those sickened. Of the 190 total cases, 92 are lab-confirmed (72 of whom are Santa… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Recalled in California for Campylobacter Contamination


Raw milk produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County, with a code date of OCT 24, is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. The quarantine order followed the confirmed detection of Campylobacter bacteria in raw whole milk. No illnesses have been reported at… Continue Reading

Action in California and the Marketplace Will Help Stop Superbugs


Noodles & Co. and California Gov. Jerry Brown have this in common: In the absence of a strong federal policy, both have acted to stop the overuse of antibiotics on large-scale industrial farms. On Oct. 10, Brown signed a first-of-its-kind law (Senate Bill 27) to restrict antibiotic use on livestock and poultry, but his role… Continue Reading

California Governor Signs Bill Regulating Animal Antibiotics


On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, which will make the Golden State the first in the nation to require a veterinarian’s prescription for therapeutic antibiotic uses in livestock, ban other uses (including low-dosage levels used to prevent diseases), and require that data be collected on antibiotic use. In his… Continue Reading

CA Baby Spinach Recalled for Elevated Levels of Cadmium


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat a specific lot of organicgirl brand baby spinach after CDPH-conducted tests found unacceptable levels of cadmium. Recent chemical analysis of this specific lot code of baby spinach determined that the product contained 1.90 parts per million of cadmium, which is more than 10… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected in Illnesses Following San Diego Awards Banquet

Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego

Reports following an awards banquet last week at Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego, which sickened at least 60 people, indicate that the likely problem was norovirus. A spokesman with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health was quoted Tuesday in a local newspaper saying that the county was still waiting on laboratory confirmation, but that no illness… Continue Reading

Sacramento County Investigating a Cluster of Likely E. Coli Cases


A non-expanding cluster of seven likely E. coli O157:H7 cases is being investigated by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. Department spokesperson Laura McCasland told Food Safety News that four of the seven who tested positive for E. coli first exhibited symptoms for the pathogen. McCasland said department investigators do not believe… Continue Reading

CA Fines Six Firms for Selling Pesticide-Tainted Imported Produce

CA tainted produce

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies that ignored warnings and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues to predominantly ethnic minority customers. According to an agency statement released July 28, the fines range from $10,000 to more than $20,000 for violating pesticide laws and potentially endangering consumers…. Continue Reading

Claravale Farm Raw Goat Milk Linked to Three Campylobacteriosis Cases


Health officials in Orange County, CA, have confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, CA. All three patients are young children younger than 5. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover. The raw goat milk was… Continue Reading