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After Man’s Death, Doctors Give Food Safety Advice to Liver Transplant Recipients

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After overseeing a routine, uneventful liver transplant in a 52-year-old man in July 2013 at a hospital in Marseille, France, Dr. Catherine Sartor and her colleagues expected him to fully recover without complications. When the patient’s liver condition began worsening five days after surgery, they suspected his body was rejecting the new organ and adjusted… Continue Reading

Bidart Bros. Sets Up Claim Center for Those Impacted by Listeria Outbreak

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Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, CA, announced Monday that it has launched an online information and claim center to allow those impacted by the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to the company’s apples to file claims. Those who have been injured or who would like to file a loss claim can go here to start the process…. Continue Reading

Sausages Recalled in AZ Due to Potential Listeria Risk

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Schreiner’s Fine Sausage Company of Phoenix, AZ, is voluntarily recalling 28 ready-to-eat meat products because they might be contaminated with Listeria. The following products were distributed in the metro Phoenix area and bear the establishment number “EST 24” inside the mark of inspection produced prior to Dec. 1, 2014, and are subject to recall: Linguisa… Continue Reading

USDA: Salmonella Tops List of 15 Most Costly Pathogens

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Salmonella causes an estimated $3.7 billion each year in medical costs for Americans, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That figure places Salmonella at the top of the rankings for the 15 most costly foodborne illnesses. USDA says it regularly updates its cost estimates for foodborne pathogens… Continue Reading

Caramel Apple-Linked Listeria Outbreak and Recalls: What You Need to Know

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On Dec. 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to commercially produced and prepackaged caramel apples that has sickened — and hospitalized — at least 29 people in 10 states. Until further notice, CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are advising consumers not… Continue Reading

California Snack Foods Recalls Caramel Apples for Potential Listeria Risk

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California Snack Foods Inc. of South El Monte, CA, is issuing a voluntary recall of California Snack Foods brand caramel apples with a best use by date between Aug. 15 and Nov. 28, 2014, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. California Snack Foods caramel apples are sold in single packs… Continue Reading

2 Listeria Illnesses Prompt Warning in Canada About Caramel Apples

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Two people in Canada have tested positive for the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that has killed five people and sickened 29 in the U.S. and been linked to caramel apples. The situation prompted a warning on Tuesday from the Public Health Agency of Canada that potentially contaminated caramel apples may have been imported to Canada. The… Continue Reading

Update: 2 Listeriosis Cases Connected to Recalled WA Ice Cream

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Two Washington state men in their 50s were recently hospitalized in connection with recalled Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The men, who both live in King County, are now out of the hospital and recovering, said department spokesman Donn Moyer, who added that both have underlying health conditions…. Continue Reading

The 10 Worst U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2014

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This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness… Continue Reading

First Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

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The first wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in California against Safeway Inc. over those commercially produced and prepackaged caramel apples now the subject of a 10-state Listeria outbreak responsible for five deaths so far. The wrongful death action naming Safeway Inc. as the defendant was filed by James Raymond Frey on behalf of his… Continue Reading