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CDC: Listeria Outbreak Linked To Roos Foods Appears Over

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The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak earlier this year that killed one person and sickened seven people in Delaware and one in California appears to be over, according to a final update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The victims were all of Hispanic ethnicity, CDC’s update noted, and five of the illnesses… Continue Reading

FoodNet Report: Pathogen Infection Rates Still ‘Well Above’ Government Targets

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report card on the trends in foodborne illnesses on Thursday, and, in general, not much has changed from previous years. According to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), there were a total of 19,056 infections, 4,200 hospitalizations and 80 deaths reported in 2013…. Continue Reading

CDC: Listeria Probably Contaminated WI Cheese During Production Process

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A Listeria outbreak in the Midwest linked to one death and a miscarriage likely was caused by contamination during the cheese-making process, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Inspection of the cheese-making facility revealed that substantial sanitation deficiencies during the cheese-making process itself, after the milk was… Continue Reading

Outbreak Case Counts: Why Official Numbers Fall Far Below Estimates

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When news broke this past fall of two separate Salmonella outbreaks tied to Foster Farms chicken, one of the most noteworthy aspects of each outbreak was the number of patients sickened. To date, the outbreaks have been connected to 615 reported Salmonella infections altogether, making Foster Farms chicken the largest known source of foodborne Salmonella… Continue Reading

CDC Posts Surveillance Data on 32 Types of Salmonella Isolates

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For the first time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing online surveillance data gathered over more than 40 years on 32 Salmonella isolates from people, animals and other sources. Organized by demographic, geographic and other categories, the “Atlas of Salmonella in the United States, 1968-2011″ is available as of Wednesday… Continue Reading

Consuming Raw or Undercooked Asian Swamp Eels Can Infect Humans With Parasites

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In Southeast Asia, swamp eels are a common source of human gnathostomiasis, a foodborne zoonosis caused by parasitic Gnathostoma larvae. If the infected eels are eaten undercooked or raw, the parasite can cause mild to serious consequences in humans, including blindness, paralysis or even death. So researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey wanted to find… Continue Reading

Report Details Causes of Salmonella Outbreaks at Two Arkansas Prisons

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Problems with food preparation, hand-washing and food-safety training were cited as the cause of two large, multi-serotype Salmonella outbreaks at Arkansas prisons in August of 2012, according to a new study released in last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Investigators from the Arkansas Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

CDC Wants to Survey Some Local and State Food Safety Programs

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting approval to evaluate local and state food safety programs (FSPs), according to a proposal posted to the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 17. “The current tight fiscal environment faced by U.S. health departments has led to a significant reduction in funding for public health programs,… Continue Reading

CDC Updates Salmonella Heidelberg Cases to 430 People in 23 States and Puerto Rico

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday afternoon that, as of Jan. 15, a total of 430 persons infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 23 states and Puerto Rico. The situation prompted a public health alert on Oct. 7, 2013, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s… Continue Reading

Salmonella Heidelberg Cases From 2013 Might Be Linked to Tennessee Outbreak

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The Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak at a Tennessee prison that sent two of the nine infected inmates to the hospital is a subject of a new report pointing to a larger investigation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC says the outbreak associated with 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken recalled on Jan…. Continue Reading