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U.S. Rep tells FDA to pick up the pace of outbreak investigation


A congresswoman from Connecticut told the FDA “American families should not be dying from the food they eat” and asked the agency to step up its investigation of an ongoing seven-month Salmonella outbreak that has killed six people. “Since this outbreak (which began in July 2015) was first reported on Sept. 4, 2015, there have been… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2015


This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2015, in terms of both the number of people who… Continue Reading

FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

CDC: 838 Salmonella Cases in 38 States Linked to Imported Cucumbers

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that, as of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people from 38 states have reportedly been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico. That is an increase of 71 cases since the last update on Oct. 14,… Continue Reading

German Court: Compensate Cucumber Grower Wrongly Accused in E. Coli Outbreak

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A court in Hamburg, Germany, has decided that a Spanish vegetable grower and distributor should be compensated for losses sustained after its cucumbers were wrongly named as the likely source of a 2011 outbreak of the rare and deadly E. coli O104:H4. Near the peak of the outbreak that eventually sickened 4,075 and caused 50 deaths… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 4 Deaths, 767 Salmonella Cases in 36 States Linked to Cucumbers

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Oct. 14 update: CDC has again updated the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to imported Mexican cucumbers. The latest case count is 767 people infected from 36 states (the state added to the list is Florida). There have been 157 hospitalizations so far, the agency stated. The Oct. 14 CDC update continues: Since the last update on… Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading

Cucumber Producer Will Donate to Food Safety Education Campaign

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Andrew & Williamson, the San Diego-based company linked to a Salmonella Poona outbreak that has sickened 558 people and killed three, recently announced that it intends to donate to a STOP Foodborne Illness campaign to educate emergency room doctors about foodborne illness. David Murray, a partner at Andrew & Williamson, said in a statement that everyone at… Continue Reading

Custom Produce Recalls Cucumbers Connected to Salmonella Outbreak


Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, CA, is voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting Aug. 1, 2015, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and are covered by an ongoing recall. Fat Boy cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma… Continue Reading

Deli Sandwiches With Cucumbers Sold in Alaska Safeway and Carrs Stores Recalled


In cooperation with the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recall of cucumbers that may be contaminated with Salmonella Poona, Safeway is voluntarily recalling made-to-order deli sandwiches with cucumbers produced by Andrew & Williamson and sold in nine Safeway and Carrs stores in Alaska. No illnesses have been associated with Safeway or Carrs sandwiches. Safeway stated… Continue Reading