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Canada’s Salmonella investigation sparks chicken nugget recall

Erie Meat Products Ltd. is recalling Harvest Creek brand Chicken Nuggets from the marketplace because of  possible Salmonella contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recall stems from the ongoing investigation by CFIA and the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on March 15 into the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in four Canadian provinces… Continue Reading

Illnesses prompt testing, recall of deli roast beef in Canada

Canadian officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak and have posted a recall for Druxy’s Fresh Deli Revolution brand “Seasoned Cooked Roast Beef” produced by Erie Meat Products Ltd. The implicated roast beef is under recall for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. It was sold from Druxy’s Famous Deli restaurant locations in Ontario, according to… Continue Reading

Patients at cancer center hit by Listeria from hospital deli

Three people who ate deli sandwiches from a restaurant in Canada’s largest cancer-care center have been infected with Listeria. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating the cases in people who ate at Druxy’s in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the country’s largest cancer care center. TPH is asking anyone who ate deli meats at the… Continue Reading

Timeline on Australian listeriosis outbreak has yet to expire

Government banking on best case scenario; says there shouldn't be any new cases after May 4

A woman who lived into her 90s in the Australian province of New South Wales (NSW) has become the sixth fatality in a rockmelon-caused listeriosis outbreak. With her death, the outbreak’s fatality rate is approaching 32 percent. Rockmelons, or what we call cantaloupes in North America, are again being sold in Australia. NSW Health officials… Continue Reading

Disease detectives blame raw, wild boar meat for outbreak

A report on an outbreak of foodborne parasite infections in California in early 2017, published by the CDC, describes how raw, wild boar meat resulted in life-threatening illnesses for several people. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for March 2 outlines the outbreak and its source, which was found to be a private event… Continue Reading

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