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Inspectors Find Listeria at Bidart Bros. Cooling and Packing House

Caramel apples were linked to 2014 Listeria outbreak

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Inspector observations from the investigation into the role of Bidart Bros. in last year’s 12-state outbreak of Listeriosis involving commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples found that the problem could well have originated in the California grower’s apple cooler and packing facility. The observations are found on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 483 forms completed after… Continue Reading

ProPublica Study Dishes on Cruise Ship Food Safety Problems

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With more than 22 million passengers each year, cruise ships are a popular way to get out and see the world, but they’re also a great venue for spreading contagious foodborne illnesses to a large number of people in a short amount of time, according to a new study on the health and safety of the… Continue Reading

Washington E. Coli Update: 25 Cases, 9 Secondary Ones, 4 Areas Sampled Match Outbreak Strain

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Four of 10 areas sampled at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA, match the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 that has now sickened 25 people in Whatcom County, WA. The Lynden fairgrounds was the site of the April 21-23 Milk Makers Fest attended by more than 1,300 children from locals schools. Among the features presented there was… Continue Reading

Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi Now Total 53 People in 9 States

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According to updates posted Thursday by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are now 53 people in 9 states infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+). Ten of those sickened have been hospitalized, and no deaths have… Continue Reading

Investigators Narrowing Down Possible Source of Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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Federal, state and county investigators searching for the source of the E. coli outbreak in Whatcom County, WA, have found at least one environmental sample matching the outbreak strain. That result came in Monday, May 18, and was from a sample taken at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA, which is where the Milk Makers… Continue Reading

Update: Case Count Now at 22 in Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections in Whatcom County, WA, has been recalculated by federal and state investigators who have been on the scene since last week. As of Monday, May 18, the latest case count is 22 lab-confirmed cases, four cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), 10 people hospitalized, and no deaths. Several other… Continue Reading

Those on the Lookout for Listeria are Finding It This Year

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More than two dozen food recalls so far this year due to contamination with deadly Listeria monocytogenes do not necessarily mark an increase, but they are involving a much broader range of foods and popular brands which the public has never before associated with the nasty pathogen. And while Listeria-related recalls this year are numerous, only one of… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Mechanically Tenderized Steaks

Opinion

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We’ve let the news spoil several holidays and many a Friday night. Christmas 2009 comes to mind, probably because it was the first. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was chasing down a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases just hours before the holiday. We wanted the story. Then, on Christmas Eve, National… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Agrees to Listeria Testing and Reporting Regime for Plants in Texas and Oklahoma

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The president and CEO of Blue Bell Creameries signed voluntary agreements on Thursday with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry holding the company to a detailed Listeria testing and reporting regime before selling any ice cream made at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, or the one… Continue Reading

FoodNet Data for 2014: E. Coli O157 Down, Mixed Results for Other Pathogens

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As in previous years, the latest federal data on trends in foodborne illness rates are a mixed bag. “The overall outlook is that there is some good news and I think we can learn from that, but that the news is not all good and there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Patricia… Continue Reading