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More parasitic infections linked to Del Monte, McDonalds

At least 400 people have been infected by Cyclospora parasites in two separate outbreaks associated with vegetable-dip trays from Del Monte and salads from McDonald’s. There isn’t any evidence to indicate the two multi-state outbreaks are related, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC reported… Continue Reading

107 countries received frozen vegetables recalled for Listeria

U.S., Canada among implicated countries; EU officials say traceability hindered by re-exporting

The U.S. and Canada are among more than 100 countries potentially affected by a recall of frozen vegetables due to Listeria monocytogenes. An outbreak traced to the vegetables from Greenyard Frozen has sickened 47 people in five European countries. Nine people have died. Greenyard, a producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruits and vegetables linked to… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak at seniors’ facility linked to two deaths

A Salmonella outbreak at a senior citizens’ home in a German town has been linked to two deaths. At least 23 people have been confirmed with salmonellosis in the outbreak. Since June 26, two nurses and 21 residents of the Alten-und Pflegeheim Karlslust facility in Storkow have fallen ill. Salmonella Panama was detected in eight of… Continue Reading

Parasites linked to McDonald’s likely not part of Del Monte outbreak

McDonald’s officials decided to pull salads from 3,000 of their U.S. restaurants while they work with federal and state investigators to find the specific source of Cyclospora parasites that have infected more than 100 people. The outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to the McDonald’s salads is not thought to be related to another ongoing outbreak of… Continue Reading

FDA commissioner says kratom not worth the Salmonella risk

Editor’s note: Blissful Remedies is the latest brand of kratom products recalled. Users of kratom supplements are putting themselves at risk for Salmonella infections from a product that has no nutritional or medical benefits. After a months-long investigation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reached that conclusion, which FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Monday…. Continue Reading

More confirmed with parasites linked to Del Monte vegetables

Public health officials have confirmed that dozens of more people have parasitic infections linked to trays of fresh, pre-cut vegetables that Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled in mid-June.  The case count stands at 185, having increased by more than 100 since the outbreak was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June… Continue Reading

Alfalfa sprouts linked to Salmonella infections in Australia 

More than 20 cases of Salmonella infection have been reported in South Australia with a link to alfalfa sprouts. Health officials say the Salmonella Havana outbreak has led to 21 illnesses and seven hospitalizations. The implicated alfalfa sprouts came from SA Sprouts in Adelaide. They were sold at Drakes Foodland, IGA and numerous greengrocers in… Continue Reading

New listeriosis cases down; newborns remain hardest hit

New information out of South Africa shows 1,053 people have been confirmed with Listeria infections in the past 18 months. One in five has died in what the World Health Organization has determined to be the largest listeriosis outbreak in recorded history. Infants in their first month of life have been harder hit than any… Continue Reading