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Two more E. coli cases being linked to another Seattle restaurant

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Seattle public health officials are investigating two more E. coli cases, but these new cases do not appear linked to The Matador restaurant. One King County resident and another person were apparently sickened with E. coli O157:H7 after eating at Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant in the city’s University District on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24, respectively. They have… Continue Reading

Part 1: Protecting a diversified food chain


(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series. Subsequent parts will post on the next three Mondays.) Foodborne illnesses and food recalls seem to dominate the news these days. All across the globe, we hear about people being sickened by contaminated milk, flour, fresh produce, raw seafood, frozen entrées, and myriad other products. Some… Continue Reading

Victim warns expectant moms about food safety complications

Baby born prematurely with listeriosis after mother ate contaminated cantaloupe

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Almost 5 years old now, Kendall Paciorek is right on track. She can walk, run, talk and say her ABCs. And while that normal progression of abilities common to many children her age might not seem all that impressive, to her mother and father Michelle Wakley-Paciorek and Dave Paciorek, it’s “a miracle.” Little Kendall was… Continue Reading

Possible pasteurization failure spurs cottage cheese warning

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Wisconsin officials are warning of a possible pasteurization failure and advising the public to not eat a specific lot of cottage cheese made by Westby Cooperative Creamery. The consumer alert is for 4 percent cottage cheese from the cooperative in Westby, WI. The implicated lot was sold on or before Aug. 26 in plastic containers… Continue Reading

Study directly links increase in vibrio cases to global warming trend


A recent study may be the first one to link a warming trend in sea surface temperatures to the spread of vibrios and the human diseases which can be caused by pathogenic strains. “In this study, for the first time to our knowledge, experimental evidence is provided on the link between multidecadal climatic variability in the… Continue Reading

Canada reports 51 Cyclospora cases in 4 provinces; fresh produce suspected

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Canadian public health officials are investigating an outbreak of “locally acquired” Cyclospora infections. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there are currently 51 confirmed cases in four provinces, and one person has been hospitalized. The source of the illnesses has not yet been identified, although PHAC stated that “imported fresh produce products are… Continue Reading

Don’t let foodborne pathogens poison summer celebrations


While you’re enjoying the Fourth of July holiday with picnics, barbecues, traveling to see family and friends, or just relaxing at home, remember to include safe food handling practices to help keep foodborne pathogens out of the celebrations. The dangers posed by foodborne pathogens increase during hot weather and around water, as indicated by a recent illness outbreak reported in… Continue Reading

Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy


Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

Study finds outbreak and sporadic foodborne illnesses share traits

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A study just published in Emerging Infectious Diseases compared characteristics of outbreak and sporadic, or non-outbreak, foodborne illnesses caused by four different pathogens and found evidence that most were similar regarding patients’ illness severity, gender and age. The team of scientists from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) looked at human illnesses in the U.S. from… Continue Reading

Research links food poisoning to increased suicidal behaviors


Most people associate food poisoning with physical symptoms, but new research shows a connection between a foodborne parasite and mental/emotional problems, including suicide. Researchers at universities across the country analyzed data collected from 1991 through 2008 and confirmed a relationship, previously theorized, between Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) and self-directed aggression and other psychiatric disorders, according… Continue Reading