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Recalled dates linked to hepatitis A outbreak in Denmark

According to Denmark’s State Serum Institute, an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to dates has sickened 14 people, hospitalizing all but one, since the first confirmed illness in December 2017. During the initial interviews, several of the patients indicated having eaten dates. Juicy Dates brand dates were recalled Feb. 6. Public health epidemiologists found virus samples from seven of the patients is type… Continue Reading

EFSA: Home kitchen hygiene crucial to fight foodborne illness

Relatively minor gastrointestinal illnesses can be serious, even fatal, for people from risk groups including small children, pregnant women, very old people or people with weakened immune systems, prompting a reminder that kitchen hygiene is of vital importance. In an effort to reduce the number of foodborne infections, the Member States of the European Union… Continue Reading

Cheese maker did not test raw milk for E. coli ; 1 died, 25 fell ill

The owner of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd. told a court this week that her business did not test its products for a harmful strain of E.coli that claimed the life of a 3-year-old child during a 2016 outbreak. Selina Cairns said her firm did not carry out spot checks on the raw milk used in… Continue Reading

Criminal investigation broadens in French baby milk recall

French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched mass recall of baby milk products amidst a salmonella outbreak. The Paris prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press on Wednesday the sites being searched include the company’s  headquarters in western France and the factory in Craon, where salmonella bacteria… Continue Reading

CDC says contaminated coconut could still be in homes, stores

There is an ongoing public health threat from frozen, shredded coconut linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in the United States and Canada. In the U.S., 25 people from nine states have been confirmed with infections from two outbreak strains of Salmonella. In Canada, one person has salmonellosis from a strain matching… Continue Reading

Deadly outbreak tied to romaine ongoing; no recall, few details

Little information is available to the public in the U.S. or Canada more than six weeks into a deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The risk is ongoing in both countries, officials report. Canadian officials are suggesting consumers in some provinces avoid all romaine lettuce. Government officials haven’t revealed any information about implicated… Continue Reading

CDC reports cruise ship outbreaks mostly norovirus

The holiday cruise season is steaming toward the New Year having logged less than one foodborne illness outbreak a month thus far in 2017 that met the CDC’s criteria for public posting. As of Dec. 8, there had been 10 such outbreaks involving nine ships from five cruise lines, according to the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Six deadliest U.S. foodborne outbreaks

Although the United States is know world-wide as having one of the safest food supplies, there have been instances where some of the foods most commonly consumed in our country have resulted in tragedy. Jack-in-the- Box E. coli Outbreak – 1992 – 1993 708 ill, 171 hospitalized and 4 dead An outbreak of E. coli… Continue Reading