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Health officials warn against buying from mobile meat sellers

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Reports of people selling meat out of trucks and backpacks in an Indiana community spurred health officials to issue a public warning and a request for help Wednesday. “There is great risk in buying meat or seafood from unlicensed vendors,” the Brown County Health Department warning states. “Sometimes this meat is obtained from places where… Continue Reading

Indiana restaurant reopens; link to illnesses remains unclear

Fiesta Cancun

Following at least 10 reported illnesses, plus a temporary closure, health department hearing and fine — all after being in business for less than a month — a Mexican restaurant in South Bend, IN, is back in business. While county health officials can’t be sure what caused the recent sicknesses linked to Fiesta Cancún, they levied a… Continue Reading

Indiana Confirms 3 of 6 Illnesses as E. Coli O157

One Child's Death Confirmed


The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed E. coli O157:H7 infection in three individuals as part of an investigation into reports of diarrheal illness in three northern Indiana counties. The cases are among a total of six illnesses currently being investigated, including one death. ISDH is working with public health officials in Fulton, Wabash, and Marshall… Continue Reading

Indiana Store Fined, Placed on Probation for Food Safety Violations

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A Mishawaka, IN, gas station and convenience store operator has been fined for repeatedly violating county health code violations. Philly Boy’s, located in the Marathon gas station in Mishawaka, has been ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and put on probation for six months. St. Joseph County health officials fined the business $1,000 for repeatedly keeping food such as… Continue Reading

Update: Two Hospitalized in E. Coli Outbreak Possibly Linked to IN Daycare


A spokeswoman for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) told Food Safety News on Wednesday, Aug. 12, that there are two confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 and that there have also been two hospitalizations so far. Jennifer O’Malley, director of the department’s office of public affairs, said that she could not provide any details about specific… Continue Reading

State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year


U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This… Continue Reading

Several Campylobacter Cases Linked to Raw Milk Reported in Indiana


According to the health department in Daviess County, Indiana, Campylobacter cases have been reported in several children younger than 2 in the Odon and Montgomery areas of the county. Some of the cases have been linked to drinking unpasteurized, or raw, milk, reports the Washington Times Herald. Bacteria such as E. coli O157, Campylobacter and Salmonella can contaminate milk during the… Continue Reading

Indiana General Assembly Passes Tough New Ag Property Trespass Law

Call it farm protection, Hoosier-style. The Indiana General Assembly has sent farm protection legislation without any “gags” to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature. The bill does not ban taking pictures or making videos, does not change existing law on reporting animal abuse, and contains no penalties for getting creative on a job application. Those… Continue Reading

Indiana, Kentucky Win Prestigious Public Health Award


The Indiana State Department of Health and the Kentucky Department of Public Health have been awarded the John J. Guzewich Environmental Public Health Team Award for their combined response to the multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms in 2012. Using food questionnaires, epidemiologists in Kentucky and Indiana traced the infections to melons…. Continue Reading

Indiana Orchard and Winery Tests Negative for E. Coli


The Indiana State Department of Health says that environmental test samples from Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Borden, IN, are negative for E. coli. Louisville’s WAVE 3 News reports that the samples were collected from “highly touched areas” and animals. The Louisville Metro Health Department previously linked three cases of E. coli reported in Louisville and… Continue Reading