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Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading

Multistate E. coli Outbreak Linked to Frozen Products Over, CDC Says

The E. coli outbreak linked to frozen food products that sickened 35 people in 19 states appears to be over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The outbreak began in December of 2012, when the first illness began, and the last victims fell ill in mid-April of this year, according to CDC…. Continue Reading

Meatballs Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

A Missouri firm is recalling approximately 123 pounds of frozen meatballs because they may be contaminated with Listeria. P.E. & F. Inc. of St. Louis, MO issued a voluntary recall of its frozen, ready-to-eat meatballs Thursday after routine sampling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revealed Listeria monocytogenes in… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Frozen Berry Outbreak Sickens More in Europe

At least 71 people in Europe have been sickened with Hepatitis A in an outbreak believed to be linked to frozen berries served in smoothies, according to the latest report from Eurosurveillance. That’s an increase of 15 cases since Food Safety News first reported on the outbreak April 17. There are at least 35 people… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: “Ready to Cook” Frozen Meals With E. coli Can Be Very, Very Dangerous


The CDC is reporting a total of 27 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) from 15 states. Of those ill, 81 percent are 21 years of age or younger and 35 percent have been hospitalized. Two ill people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney… Continue Reading

Five E. coli Cases Linked to Recalled Canadian Burgers

Burgers that were recalled in Canada last week for potential E. coli contamination have now been linked to five illnesses, reported health officials Monday. The same strain of E. coli O157:H that was isolated from five patients in Alberta and Ontario was also found in Butcher’s Choice brand Garlic Peppercorn beef burgers, according to the… Continue Reading

Mythbusters: Learn the Truth About Home Food Safety

It’s September, so it’s time for us to bust some myths. Beginning in the mid-90s, National Food Safety Education Month has focused public attention on safe food handling and preparation.  Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in cooperation with the non-profit… Continue Reading

California Company Recalls Imported Frozen Fish

A California company is recalling imported frozen fish–Shishamo Roe Capelin–because of its potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The recall by Pacific American Fish Co, Inc. of Vernon, CA was prompted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation that salt-cured, uneviscerated fish must not be more than than 5 inches in length. The Shishamo… Continue Reading