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Possible Foodborne Illness Being Investigated Following Rural Minnesota Club Meeting


After several people who had attended a recent Lion’s Club meeting in Nisswa, MN, reported symptoms of a potential foodborne illness, the Minnesota Department of Health is investigating. According to a March 31 story in the Brainerd Dispatch, those sickened had attended the March 24 meeting at the Nisswa Community Center, where a local caterer… Continue Reading

Food Safety Goals Combine Academic Research, Politics

Kowalcyk and Family with Yoko

Barbara Kowalcyk, Ph.D., is a food safety advocate who co-founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention after her son, Kevin, died in 2001 from complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since earning a doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health – Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Kowalcyk has been a… Continue Reading

Diagnosing Foodborne Illness Outbreaks



Foodborne illness outbreaks result when two or more persons develop similar symptoms of illness (gastroenteritis) after eating a common food, or become ill after consuming food from a common source. Such events occur relatively frequently and create various degrees of crises for the firms and victims involved. While food can be contaminated with a chemical… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2013

Chicken and fresh produce lead the pack


Editor’s note: 2013 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 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013. Please note that the list excludes Norovirus outbreaks and… Continue Reading

What Should You Know About Diabetes and Foodborne Illness?


Similar to any individual living with a weakened immune system or compromised body systems due to chronic disease, those with diabetes-related complications may be susceptible to increased risk and impact of foodborne illnesses. One reason those with diabetes may suffer increased impact of a foodborne illness is because diabetes-related complications may delay an individual’s natural… Continue Reading

Low-Income Children Face Higher Risk of Foodborne Illness, Study Says


Poorer nutrition and less access to healthcare leads to a greater likelihood of bacterial and viral infections — including foodborne illness — among low-income children, according to a report published Tuesday by the Consumer Federation of America. More than 2 out of every 5 children in the U.S. (44 percent) live in a low-income household,… Continue Reading

Meeting Our Mission – A Safer Food Supply



My passion for public health stems from my career as an infectious disease doctor, watching families cope with the heartbreak caused by preventable diseases, including foodborne illness.  I know what it feels like to explain to a husband in shock that the reason his wife is on life support is because of something she ate… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Perhaps No Need for Private A.G?



This is somewhat of a reprint of an Op-ed of a few years ago.  However, in light of this week’s 76-count indictment of Stewart Parnell and four others, I thought a reprint was in order. Everyone seems to hate government nowadays. From being afraid the FDA “food police” will try to steal your seeds, to… Continue Reading

Government Reports Foodborne Illness Stats for 2009-2010

CDC reports 299 outbreaks; raw milk rising as cause


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have analyzed data on all foodborne illness outbreaks that occurred in 2009 and 2010, pinpointing the pathogens and foods that were most frequently the source of outbreaks. While many figures matched those from previous years, CDC found that outbreaks linked to raw dairy had increased, and the number… Continue Reading

WY Restaurant Outbreak Likely from Norovirus


At least 167 residents around Casper, Wyo. have reported suffering from gastrointestinal illnesses in the past week, according to the Casper-Natrona County Health Department. The evidence points to a Norovirus contamination at a buffet-style Golden Corral restaurant in east Casper as the source, health department director Robert Harrington told Food Safety News. Thus far, none of… Continue Reading