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Toronto Public Health Sets Up Anonymous Website to Track Foodborne Illness

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In order to track food poisoning cases that might otherwise never get reported, Toronto Public Health has set up an anonymous, voluntary and confidential website called GastroBusters. Health officials said many Canadians with foodborne illnesses just stay home and don’t report it to anyone, making it harder to get an accurate picture of the problem. “In a report… Continue Reading

Report: Food Recalls Have Nearly Doubled Since 2002

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The number of U.S. food products recalled — and the costs associated with those recalls — have nearly doubled since 2002, according to a report by reinsurance company Swiss Re. In more than half of those recalls, the process of recalling the food cost the affected company more than $10 million. Some companies lost more… Continue Reading

More Than 180 Children Sickened by Foodborne Illness in Pakistan

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More than 180 children at a home for orphans in Islamabad, Pakistan, were sickened Sunday, July 5, 2015, reportedly after consuming “substandard” food. The children were taken to three different hospitals after complaining of stomach pain and other symptoms of foodborne illness soon after eating breakfast. According to a newspaper report, some of the children became… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert About Minnesota Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Prepared Chicken Products

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by two separate strains of Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. These items may be labeled “chicken cordon bleu” or “chicken Kiev.” The State of Minnesota… Continue Reading

Update: 86 Children Sickened in Alabama Outbreak, Staph Found in Daycare Food Samples

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Eighty-six children may have been sickened by a Staphylococcus aureus toxin found in food served at the Montgomery, AL, daycares they attended. Of those children, 30 were hospitalized and, as of Friday, two were reportedly still there. The Alabama Department of Public Health found the toxin in food products served at both daycare center locations in… Continue Reading

The Prevalence of Foodborne Illness

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Days ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent yearly summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The summary covered the year 2013, and it found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the country during that year — a number consistent with the 800 to 850… Continue Reading

17 Reportedly Sickened After Eating at Illinois Golf Course Restaurant

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A possible foodborne illness may have sickened 17 people who ate at the Grumpy Goat Tavern in Elgin, IL, on Saturday. The Kane County Health Department in Aurora, IL, is investigating the reports. Those suffering from “gastrointestinal disorders” had eaten from a buffet at the restaurant in The Highlands of Elgin Golf Course after participating in a… Continue Reading

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance Increasing in Certain Salmonella Serotypes

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Antibiotic resistance in some types of Salmonella infections is increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data Tuesday on the resistance in foodborne pathogens from human isolates. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) tracks changes in the antibiotic resistance of six types of common foodborne germs found in ill people, retail… Continue Reading

In Response to Michael Taylor

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(This article by Roy Costa, a registered sanitarian and president of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates Inc., was originally posted here on May 22, 2015.) I appreciate Michael Taylor’s comments in the recent article (“Blue Bell and the Very Real Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act”) posted on Food Safety News and also believe that FSMA… Continue Reading

Report: About 20-30 Percent of Foodborne Illness Victims File Lawsuits

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Approximately 20-30 percent of victims in foodborne illness outbreaks seek legal action against the companies whose products sickened them or their family members, according to an attorney quoted in a May 24 report by the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper interviewed a number of lawyers who specialize in foodborne illness litigation after a complaint was filed last week against Blue… Continue Reading