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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

Cyclospora Surge: 125 Cases in 13 States

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Federal officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now stepping in to assist health officials in 13 states in investigating a spike in cases of Cyclosporiasis, according to CIDRAP. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the parasite Cyclospora. In total, 125… Continue Reading

Could Funding Cuts to Food Safety Programs Make You Sick?

Opinion

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(This blog post by Michelle Forman was published July 23, 2014, at APHL’s LabLog and is reposted here with permission.) When public health works, no one sees it. That’s a common adage at APHL and is most frequently used when referring to the gross lack of — and ever-plummeting — funding for valuable public health programs…. Continue Reading

Applebee’s Changes Suppliers in Minnesota as E. coli Investigation Continues

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Following reports that its franchise locations in Minnesota may be connected to an outbreak of E. coli O111, the Applebee’s restaurant chain announced Thursday that it has “changed suppliers” in the state. When asked by Food Safety News, Applebee’s spokesman declined to specify exactly what supplies would be sourced from the new supplier. He also… Continue Reading

Minnesota E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Applebee’s Reportedly Expands

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The investigation into the E. coli O111 outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people in Minnesota has reportedly expanded with two cases in two other unnamed states, according to communications between NBC News reporter JoNel Aleccia and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC has declined to identify the… Continue Reading

Report on Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Has Some Good News and Some Bad News

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The latest federal report on antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria shows that, while there has been some progress in reducing the resistance of some pathogens, other are showing greater resistance. The data come from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a surveillance system run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and… Continue Reading

Comprehensive List: Recalled Chia Powder Brands and Related Salmonella Cases

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As investigations continue into 80 Salmonella illnesses linked to chia powder in the U.S. and Canada, more companies are recalling their products. First, Navitas Naturals recalled its Organic Sprouted Chia Powder and Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, along with the Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, on May 28. This recall was expanded on June 6 to include… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Public Wants to Know on Restaurants

Opinion

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Longtime readers of this five-year-old news service know that we’ve had our “issues” with the kid-glove treatment most state and federal agencies give the restaurant industry. Such treatment is not in the public interest, nor, ironically, is it doing restaurants much good either. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for example, still… Continue Reading

18 E. coli Cases in Five States Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of June 27, 2014, a total of 18 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) have been reported from five states. CDC states that epidemiology and traceback investigations indicate that the likely… Continue Reading