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Norovirus outbreak at Wisconsin kids’ day was foodborne

Public health officials believe contaminated food caused a norovirus outbreak among dozens of people who attended an annual kids’ festival in Wisconsin, but they’re still investigating. More than 60 people had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever and fatigue for multiple days, after attending the 19th annual Special Kids Day festival at the North Wisconsin State… Continue Reading

Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

ConAgra criminal hearing delayed for another two months

More than 150 people known to be seeking restitution in the case of the USA v. ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LCC are going to have to wait an extra 48 days to find out if they get anything. The likely final hearing in the criminal case stemming from Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters… Continue Reading

Texas county blames 13 brucellosis cases on raw Mexican-style cheeses

A record 13 cases of human brucellosis in Dallas County, TX, are being blamed on unpasteurized Mexican-style cheeses. Dallas County officials issued an advisory last week asking local clinicians to be aware of possible cases of brucellosis and elicit travel history and risk exposures from all patients with compatible clinical symptoms. When brucellosis is suspected, they… Continue Reading

Study finds outbreak and sporadic foodborne illnesses share traits

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