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Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?



It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

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Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

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

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in CO, UT, MT and WA


In a statement posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that it is working with other western states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October. The… Continue Reading

CDC Update: Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak Case Count Now At 45

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According to the latest update posted Friday, Nov. 20, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 45 people sickened in the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets in Washington and Oregon. That is an increase from 37 cases reported on Wednesday, Nov. 18. CDC noted that it is… Continue Reading

CDC: 838 Salmonella Cases in 38 States Linked to Imported Cucumbers

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that, as of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people from 38 states have reportedly been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico. That is an increase of 71 cases since the last update on Oct. 14,… Continue Reading

First World Antibiotic Awareness Week Focuses on Education

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This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the governments of several countries want people to learn more about antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today, and, while it occurs naturally, misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals accelerates the process. Monday kicked off the first World Antibiotic Awareness… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 Illnesses Now Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle


Nov. 13 update: The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts this outbreak at 50 total illnesses: 31 people in Washington state and 19 in Oregon. That is an increase of one more case of E. coli infection reported from Washington. The Oregon Health Authority, however, is reporting 18 E…. Continue Reading

Update: 41 E. Coli O26 Cases in OR and WA Associated With Chipotle Restaurants

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Nov. 6 update: The Oregon Health Authority stated Friday, Nov. 6, that there are now 13 E. coli O26 illnesses in Oregon connected with eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. That is one more reported case since Thursday. Four people have been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health has revised its case count down by… Continue Reading

Update: 37 People Sickened With E. Coli Linked to Chipotle Restaurants

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At least 37 people have been sickened with E. coli in connection with Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. According to updated case counts released Tuesday, there are 12 victims in Oregon and 25 in Washington. In Washington, residents of Clark (11), Cowlitz (2), Island (2), King (6), and Skagit (4) counties have been reported as outbreak cases…. Continue Reading