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Green Cabbage Likely Caused Minnesota’s Recent E. Coli O111 Outbreak

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The 15 cases of E. coli O111 reported in Minnesota this summer were probably linked to green whole head cabbage, says the state’s health department. Health officials’ routine monitoring identified the cases of illness associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O111. Bacterial isolates from all of the cases had the same DNA fingerprint. The illnesses occurred between… Continue Reading

Cronobacter Infections May Be More Common Than Previously Thought

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Infections from a lesser-known foodborne pathogen most commonly associated with infants may be more common in elderly populations — and even adults and adolescents — than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, set to be published in the September issue of… Continue Reading

How CDC Uses Antibiotic Resistance Data

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Over the past year, you may have noticed that antimicrobial resistance information has been incorporated in the outbreak reports put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency recently introduced the measure to address the goal of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) to get such information to the public…. Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak Linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder Produced Three Salmonella Strains

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Organic sprouted chia powder was responsible for an unusual Salmonella outbreak — which now appears to be over — that sickened 31 people in 16 states. It was unusual in that the organic sprouted chia powder was said to be responsible for three strains of Salmonella in the single outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

What to Expect From Future NARMS Reports

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The 2011 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Executive Summary was released on Monday, and while it may have been a bit dense for the average consumer, FDA is planning to revamp the format of these reports to make them more accessible. The reports summarize information on Salmonella, Campylobacter and generic E. coli from all… Continue Reading

Federal Data Show Increases, Decreases in Antimicrobial Trends

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A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne Salmonella,… Continue Reading

CDC: 300 People Infected With Salmonella Linked to Contact With Live Poultry

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that, as of Aug. 5, 300 people from 42 states and Puerto Rico have been reported to be infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport or Salmonella Hadar. Since the last CDC update on June 27, 2014, a… Continue Reading

17 Months and 634 Illnesses Later, CDC Declares Foster Farms-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Over

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Seventeen months since the first illnesses appeared in March 2013, the Foster Farms-linked Salmonella outbreak has been declared over by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The final tally of confirmed illnesses came in at 634 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico. Of those cases, at least 241 people (38 percent) were… Continue Reading

Cyclospora Outbreak Reaches 202 Cases; More Than Half are in Texas

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Just like last summer, illnesses involving prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis are spreading across the country from Texas. Public health officials suspect the parasite is riding into the United States on contaminated fresh produce grown in Mexico for the U.S. market. They just don’t yet know the… Continue Reading

As More Imported Foods Reach the Dinner Table, Holes Remain in the FDA Safety Net

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(This report by Rick Schmitt was first published June 26, 2014, by FairWarning, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit news organization focused on public health, safety and environmental issues, and related topics of government and business accountability.) In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a seafood company in… Continue Reading