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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Suspected Foodborne Illness Cancels Classes at Iowa High School

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Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, was dismissed early on Thursday due to dozens of illnesses possibly linked to catered food served at a staff lunch. The food was apparently not served to students. School was also not in session on Friday, but that was due to a professional development day. According to Amanda… Continue Reading

Tentative Settlement Reached in MI Jail Food Poisoning Case

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A tentative settlement has been reached in the federal lawsuit filed by 16 former inmates against Kent County, MI, and food vendor Aramark Corp., reports WZZM in Grand Rapids. The proposed settlement is between Aramark Corp. and the former inmates who, along with more than 200 others, claimed to have been sickened by chicken tacos served at… Continue Reading

Bearing Witness to Justice at the PCA Sentencing

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Audiences at my lectures are often surprised that, after the death of my 16-month-old son, Riley, during the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, no state or federal agency filed criminal charges against anyone involved in that easily-preventable tragedy. For the past 22 years since Riley’s death, I viewed the American justice system… Continue Reading