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Imports eyed in 150K to 200K annual Hep E cases in England

With multinational retailer Tesco neither willing to confirm nor deny that it is the “Supermarket X” linked to Hepatitis E infections in an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 British sausage lovers annually, some people are beginning to suspect imported pork products were responsible. According to the World Health Organization: Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by infection with a… Continue Reading

Dutch egg recall for insecticide contamination spans the globe

Dutch egg producers’ practice of mixing the toxic insecticide Fipronil with a cleaning agent and sanitizer known as “Dega 16” for use around chickens has apparently led to the world’s largest recall of shell eggs since 2010. The first Fipronil-contaminated eggs were reported July 20 by food safety authorities in Belgium. The insecticide-tainted eggs turned… Continue Reading

E coli outbreak in Germany sickens 30, half confirmed, 1 dead

An E. coli O157 outbreak, dating back to December and believed to be linked to minced — or ground — meat has taken a life in Germany. The outbreak has sickened about 30 people since it began. The cause is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 with the onset date for the most recent confirmed case being April 13…. Continue Reading

Europe’s 2011 Killer Pathogen Could Have Been Spread on Purpose or Accidentally

A new analysis applied to Northern Europe’s deadly 2011 E. coli O101:H4 outbreak calls the official assumption that the pathogen, spread by “its natural origin,” is “questionable.” Further, the Serbian-German researchers say that neither accidental nor deliberate spreading of the pathogen can be ruled out as the cause. Based on their findings, the researchers are… Continue Reading

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

Germany Identifies First ‘Mad Cow’ Case Since 2009

German officials have identified one beef cow with a case of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), the fatal neurological disorder also known as “Mad Cow Disease.” This is Germany’s first reported case since 2009. The cow was killed and its body destroyed, with none of the meat entering the human food chain. Health officials said that… Continue Reading

Chinese Strawberries Sickened Thousands of German Students

Those frozen strawberries that were “very likely” the cause of food poisoning that sickened more than 11,000 German schoolchildren were very certainly grown in China. China is now the world’s biggest exporter of strawberries, and those going to German schools were grown in China’s province of Shangdong. The Chinese strawberries were then transported by ship… Continue Reading

Frozen Strawberries Blamed for 11,000 German Illnesses

Frozen strawberries are “very likely” the cause of food poisoning that sickened more than 11,000 students in almost 500 schools and day care centers, mostly in eastern areas of Germany, during the last week. The Robert Koch Institute, which investigates infectious diseases and outbreaks for the German Health Ministry, reported on a “strong and statistically… Continue Reading

Food Source Might Be Responsible for 10,000 German Illnesses

As many as 10,000 German school children stricken since Friday  by a vomiting virus may be suffering from eating cafeteria food, health authorities say. While the investigation is far form over, attention has focused on the food services company called Sodeco that supplies cafeteria food to many schools and day care centers in areas of… Continue Reading

Officials Tracking Outbreak of Rare Salmonella Strain in Seven EU States

Turkeys suspected as source of bacteria

European Union health officials are investigating an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Stanley that has sickened over 400 people in seven member countries. While S. Stanley infections are rare outside of Southeast Asia and usually appear only among those who have traveled there, this outbreak is thought to have originated in poultry – probably turkey –… Continue Reading