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CDC names top five foodborne illnesses in United States

The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka staph. Some other germs don’t cause as many illnesses, but when they do, the diseases are more likely to lead to hospitalization. Those germs include E coli, Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism),… Continue Reading

Food poisoning victim count nears 160 in jambalaya outbreak

A week after softball fundraisers served up jambalaya in a Louisiana town of about 400, state health officials reported a food poisoning victim count of 158, with 40 hospitalized. One person who ate the jambalaya has died, but it is not yet known whether a foodborne pathogen was the cause of death. Health officials ordered… Continue Reading

2nd pathogen in fundraiser outbreak; jambalaya still suspect

A second pathogen is in play in a northeast Louisiana outbreak thought to be caused by jambalaya served at a softball fundraising event Monday. By Friday afternoon, 125 people were confirmed sick and investigators found some of them are positive for the bacterium Clostridium perfringens. Thursday state health officials said they had confirmed Salmonella in… Continue Reading

Hong Kong checks ready-to-eat foods for Bacillus, Clostridium

Hong Kong’s  Center for Food Safety (CFS), a unit of  the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on Monday the results of a recently completed targeted food surveillance project on Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens in ready-to-eat foods. Except for a preserved bean curd sample detected with excessive Bacillus cereus, which was announced earlier, test… Continue Reading

County won’t name food vendor behind Rifle Rodeo outbreak

Health officials say they’re sure food from a specific vendor at the Rifle Rodeo in Garfield County, CO, caused an outbreak that sickened 40 percent of attendees, but they won’t name the rodeo organizer or the food vendor — neither of whom obtained required permits and neither of whom will be fined. About 80 of… Continue Reading

Make sure your Cinco de Mayo menu doesn’t include pathogens

Although it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular, partly because it provides those with ties to Mexico to celebrate its customs and culture and partly because of the marketing efforts of the fresh produce industry. The annual remembrance of the Mexican army’s 1862… Continue Reading

Mother, son sue eatery for Thanksgiving dinner food poisoning

A mother and her son who were among the 260 people sickened by bacteria-contaminated food served by the Golden Ponds Restaurant & Party House are suing for their injuries and damages. Attorneys Paul V. Nunes of Rochester, NY, and Bill Marler of Seattle filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Natalie Woods and her son Connor Wynn… Continue Reading

CDC identifies bacteria that killed 3 who ate church meal

A Thanksgiving Day meal served by a church group in Antioch, CA, that killed three people was evidently contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium perfringens. “Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S. It can be found in the human intestine without hurting us, but eating food containing large amounts of… Continue Reading

Du Monde Gourmet Recalls Jafflz Sandwiches

Park City, UT-based Du Monde Gourmet  on Dec. 31 recalled approximately 235 pounds of ready-to-eat pocket sandwich products, which may have experienced temperature deviation and may contain Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus, and/or Clostridium botulinum, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Jafflz Retro Pocket Sandwiches were produced on… Continue Reading

Report Reveals Source of Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Iowa High School

A recent outbreak of foodborne illness following a catered staff luncheon at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, sickened at least 58 people and canceled classes for the rest of the day on Oct. 22. A subsequent investigation by state and county health officials, summarized in a report released Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, found that meat… Continue Reading