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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

Nearly 200 People Sue UK Restaurant After Norovirus Outbreak

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A restaurant in Exeter in the United Kingdom is facing a lawsuit from 193 diners who say they were sickened with norovirus after eating there just before Easter of this year. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that a franchise location of the Toby Pub & Carvery did not immediately shut down after becoming aware of a… Continue Reading

Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi Now Total 53 People in 9 States

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According to updates posted Thursday by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are now 53 people in 9 states infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+). Ten of those sickened have been hospitalized, and no deaths have… Continue Reading

TX Sanitarian: Restaurant Complaints Far Outweigh Foodborne Illness Cases

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The number of actual foodborne illness cases that result from eating in local restaurants is much lower than the number of complaints that come in, according to a sanitarian with the Metropolitan Health District of the City of San Antonio. Steve Barscewski, sanitarian services manager for Metro Health, told KSAT-TV that actual illness cases make up about 1… Continue Reading

Scotland’s New Food Safety Authority Sets Up Shop

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Effective April 1, Scotland has established its own food safety agency, taking the responsibility of food safety regulation out from under the oversight of the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency. Food Standards Scotland is intended to focus on the unique food safety needs of Scotland, said Maureen Watt, the country’s public health minister. Responsibilities of… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Knocks 250 Israeli Soldiers Out of Training Exercise

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The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has launched an investigation into the cause of a food poisoning incident that occurred last Friday night in the Golan Heights, an area along the Syrian border which Israel has held since the 1967 war. Israel’s Channel 2 reports that about 250 IDF Paratroopers from the 202nd Battalion came down with… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Responsible for Lightfoot Concert Cancellations

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Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot Jr. has cancelled his remaining U.S. tour dates for March because he is reportedly recovering from being hospitalized last week with a foodborne illness. His doctors expect the 77-year-old Lightfoot to fully recover, and the tour dates are being re-booked, mostly for late May. It was almost 40 years ago that the man… Continue Reading

The Long-Term Effects of Foodborne Illness Can Change Your Life

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(This article by Karen Fifield, a food-safety educator with Michigan State University Extension, was published here on Jan. 5, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Most of the time we think of food poisoning as stomach cramps and maybe vomiting and diarrhea. Rarely do we hear or see the long-term effects it can have on… Continue Reading

Is Foodborne Illness on the Rise?

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(This article by Baylen J. Linnekin was published here on Jan. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission. He is executive director of the Keep Food Legal Foundation and an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School, where he teaches Food Law & Policy.) The past few weeks have seen what may be an… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: American Ingenuity & Antibiotic Resistance

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The parents of foodborne illness victims often tell us they felt their hearts skip a beat when doctors first told them that their child’s pathogen was resisting antibiotic treatment. We’ve learned that the earlier they know this, the better, and often there are alternatives that do work. But victims of foodborne illnesses are among the… Continue Reading