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Few details discovered in Burger King outbreak investigation

The two Burger King locations in Bemidji, MN, remain closed Monday because of a three-month Salmonella outbreak public health officials linked to the restaurants. Most of the 26 confirmed victims became ill in September, and health officials thought the outbreak was over. However two more people, apparently infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella, became ill… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Raw labels and better cooking instructions are not enough

ST. LOUIS — Manufacturers of raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products should expect a visit this summer by inspectors from the field operations office of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). According to FSIS scientist Jennifer Sinatra, the visits are part of the agency’s continuing regulatory activities, with inspectors looking at processes used to produce… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Officials confirm outbreak linked to Taylor Farms

UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman with the FDA responded to Food Safety News after this story was posted. Information on the distribution of the implicated salad and the FDA’s involvement in the outbreak investigation has been added below. One produce company is falling on its sword and another has become mum on the topic of an… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Secret outbreak investigation targeted packaged salads in April

UPDATE May 16, 2016: A spokeswoman for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. responded to Food Safety News today regarding the outbreak statement the company posted May 6 and later removed from its website. “This alert was pulled from our website Saturday pending confirmation of some additional information from Taylor. We are sorry for any inconvenience this posting may have caused,” Jaynelle… Continue Reading

Jack & The Green Sprouts recalls sprouts because of E. coli investigation

The owner of Jack & The Green Sprouts Inc. is recalling the company’s alfalfa and alfalfa onion sprouts in response to state and federal investigations into an E. coli O157:NM outbreak. At least seven people in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin have been confirmed with the outbreak strain. Two of the Minnesota victims required hospitalization, according to state… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Superbugs and science projects

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Headlines out of the European Union this week warned that superbug versions of foodborne pathogens have become more resistant to antibiotics than was previously thought. Campylobacter is the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning in the EU and is increasingly able to survive ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic commonly used against foodborne pathogens, according to a… Continue Reading

Garden of Life recalls Raw Meal organic mixes linked to Salmonella outbreak

Raw Meal powdered mixes from Garden of Life

State officials have linked Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal powdered mixes to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak and Garden of Life LLC has recalled multiple products. Officials with the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., company said in a news release today they are “voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal in… Continue Reading

New strain of norovirus hits Minnesota

Health officials say common intestinal illness often comes from eating contaminated food, can be avoided with vigilant handwashing and food handling A new strain of norovirus, the most common cause of sudden intestinal illness, has shown up in Minnesota, and that could mean more norovirus illnesses this winter, state health officials warned today. The new… Continue Reading

Chipotle’s Bad Tomatoes Came From Nation’s Largest Field Producer

After officials with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently caught 64 illnesses caused by food, quickly identified the pathogen, and then found and removed the contaminated source, their job was all but done except for writing the final report. But there it remained for the past month because the suspect tomatoes were not grown in Minnesota. Like… Continue Reading

MN Salmonella Outbreak Blamed on Tomatoes Served at Chipotle Restaurants

Tomatoes served at 22 Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Minnesota were the source of the recent Salmonella Newport outbreak which sickened 64 people and hospitalized nine of them. All are recovering, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Investigators from MDH, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now working to… Continue Reading