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Central Ohio reports 209 cases of Cryptosporidium infection

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An outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection has been building for the past two weeks in central Ohio, with the number of cases hitting 209 as of Friday. The cases are scattered among Columbus, Franklin and Delaware counties. The current total exceeds the combined cases from the past four years, said Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for Columbus Public Health in… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Frozen veggies recalled in U.S., Canada for listeria

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Fifteen frozen organic vegetable products distributed to retailers in at least 35 states and four Canadian provinces are under voluntary recall because of potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, posted the recall Friday because random samples of frozen organic peas and corn tested by Ohio health officials returned positive results… Continue Reading

Farm recalls goat milk because of improper pasteurization

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An Ohio farm is recalling goat milk with a March 13 date code because it was not properly pasteurized and may contain pathogens. Paint Valley Farms of Beach City, OH, has voluntarily recalled about 115 gallons of its goat milk that were distributed in one-quart plastic bottles, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “The… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak a Somber Reminder About Canning Food Safely

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(This article by Martha Filipic, a writer/editor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, was originally posted here on Aug. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) COLUMBUS, OH—It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24… Continue Reading

Update: 18 Illnesses, 2 Deaths Reported During Ohio Salmonella Outbreak

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The Salmonella outbreak which has reportedly sickened 18 people at the Heritage Corner Health Campus in Bowling Green, Ohio, now includes two possibly related deaths. According to a press release from the Wood County Health District, “Sadly, during the outbreak, we were notified that two residents who tested positive for salmonella had passed away. However, we… Continue Reading

Food Safety on Food Trucks Called ‘A Little More of a Challenge’

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It can take more to ensure that food is safe on a food truck than at a brick-and-mortar restaurant, says Bob Kramer, a registered sanitarian who provides training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs. Kramer is the director of food safety and food services for a microlender in Ohio called the Economic and Community Development Institute… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak: 1 Dead, 23 Hospitalized After Potluck

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The death that occurred earlier this week in connection with a church potluck luncheon in Lancaster, OH, was of a 54-year-old woman, a Columbus newspaper has reported. The botulism anti-toxin was shipped overnight to local hospitals, but it wouldn’t have saved the woman who died because she was so critically ill, according to Dr. Andrew… Continue Reading

126 Sickened by Salmonella in Live Poultry Outbreak

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At least 126 people have been sickened, according to the latest case count from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry in 26 states. The case count has more than doubled since 60 illnesses were first announced on May 8. At least 35 percent of… 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

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

Cases reported in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

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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