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Flint Water and Citizens Contain Lead

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today issued its bi-weekly summary report on lead testing in Flint. Preliminary data indicate that 43 of 2,182 adults and children tested had elevated blood lead levels since Oct. 1. “In partnership with the Genesee County Health Department, we are working to engage and provide resources to… Continue Reading

Tentative Settlement Reached in MI Jail Food Poisoning Case

A tentative settlement has been reached in the federal lawsuit filed by 16 former inmates against Kent County, MI, and food vendor Aramark Corp., reports WZZM in Grand Rapids. The proposed settlement is between Aramark Corp. and the former inmates who, along with more than 200 others, claimed to have been sickened by chicken tacos served at… Continue Reading

Peak of 2015 Legislative Season Underway for State Lawmakers

This week marked the beginning of what’s called “the peaking season” for state lawmakers, and it’s seen some food-safety-related bills moving forward without producing any big trends. The “peaking season” refers to the fact that all but three of 50 state legislatures were in session this week, and that lawmaking will continue at this heighten… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Alumni Dinner in Michigan

There have been eight laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella linked to a Hillsdale County, MI, festival that lasted from July 31 to Aug. 3. There were 33 probable cases. The outbreak was linked to the Reading Summer Festival Days alumni reunion dinner held on Aug. 2 for all graduates of the city’s schools. Many of the… Continue Reading

DOJ Files Injunction Against MI Cheese Company to Stop Distribution

The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) filed a civil complaint in Michigan federal court on Friday against S. Serra Cheese Co. of Clinton Township, MI, and owners Stefano and Fina Serra, to prevent the distribution of allegedly adulterated cheese products. The complaint was filed by request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The DOJ claims… Continue Reading

Public Health Alert Issued in Michigan After Listeria Found in Salad

The state of Michigan has issued a public health alert after Listeria monocytogenes was found in a sample of chicken Caesar salad sold at a Sam’s Club deli in suburban Detroit. No illnesses have been reported to date related to the product. The problem was discovered Monday during routine product sampling at a Sam’s Club… Continue Reading

Maggots, Illnesses at Michigan Prison Prompt Review of Food Contractor

After 30 Michigan inmates were recently treated for an apparent foodborne illness and maggots were found near a prison food service line, Gov. Rick Snyder said the private contractor’s performance was under review. Prisoners found fly larvae and maggots in small cracks by the sneeze guard in the food service line at Parnall Correctional Facility… Continue Reading

CDC: Fast Work and Strong Epidemiological Evidence Led to Source of E. Coli Outbreak

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is praising state health officials and other collaborators for their work in identifying ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Company as the source of a multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “A lot of the footwork was done in the state health departments,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy… Continue Reading

CDC Investigation: Multistate Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Recalled Ground Beef

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday evening that it is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections. The likely source of the infections, CDC reported, is… Continue Reading

Four-State, 11-Person E. coli Outbreak Prompts 1.8 Million-Pound Meat Recall

Cases reported in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

Wolverine Packing Co. of Detroit, MI, is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday. At the time that the recall was issued, there were 11 illnesses linked to the recalled product. The ground beef… Continue Reading