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Salmonella outbreak traced to hazelnuts from Oregon farm

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Oregon officials are warning consumers to check their homes for hazelnuts from the Schmidt Farm and Nursery farm stand and to immediately discard them because they have been named the cause of a Salmonella outbreak. The warning Friday from the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division reported five people have been confirmed in the outbreak… Continue Reading

Oregon oysters linked to norovirus outbreak sent to East Coast

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Oysters harvested from Yaquina Bay and sold raw to restaurants, retailers and direct to consumers by Oregon Oyster Farms Inc. are being recalled after at least 17 people who ate them recently contracted norovirus. Health officials are concerned that consumers, retailers and restaurants may still have the oysters on hand because their sell-by dates range from… Continue Reading

JEM Raw Recalls All Nut Butters After 11 Salmonella Illnesses Reported

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JEM Raw Chocolate LLC (JEM Raw) of Bend, OR, has announced a voluntary recall of its full line of nut butter spreads due to the potential for contamination with Salmonella. There have been 11 illnesses reported in connection with the nut butter products, but no deaths or hospitalizations to date. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 Illnesses Now Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle

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Nov. 13 update: The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts this outbreak at 50 total illnesses: 31 people in Washington state and 19 in Oregon. That is an increase of one more case of E. coli infection reported from Washington. The Oregon Health Authority, however, is reporting 18 E…. Continue Reading

Update: 41 E. Coli O26 Cases in OR and WA Associated With Chipotle Restaurants

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Nov. 6 update: The Oregon Health Authority stated Friday, Nov. 6, that there are now 13 E. coli O26 illnesses in Oregon connected with eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. That is one more reported case since Thursday. Four people have been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health has revised its case count down by… Continue Reading

Update: 37 People Sickened With E. Coli Linked to Chipotle Restaurants

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At least 37 people have been sickened with E. coli in connection with Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. According to updated case counts released Tuesday, there are 12 victims in Oregon and 25 in Washington. In Washington, residents of Clark (11), Cowlitz (2), Island (2), King (6), and Skagit (4) counties have been reported as outbreak cases…. Continue Reading

Outbreaks Bring Downward Pressure on Chipotle Stock

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Food poisoning outbreaks involving Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets are eroding its overall stock value, which last summer hit a per-share high of $756. The company’s shares closed Monday at $624, a drop of 2.5 percent. Traded under the symbol “CMG” on the New York Stock Exchange, the “fast casual” restaurant chain has recently experienced three… Continue Reading

Audit Finds Former Oregon Health Researcher Faked Clostridium Reports

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A former public health researcher for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was recently found to have “engaged in research misconduct” after apparently faking data on the incidence of Colostridium difficile infections in Klamath County, OR. The finding was released Friday, May 29, 2015, by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), U.S. Department of Health and… Continue Reading

Oregon Dismisses Complaint Against Epidemiologist

A complaint lodged by Del Monte Fresh Produce against an Oregon Public Health epidemiologist has been dismissed by the state’s Government Ethics Commission. The Oregonian’s Lynne Terry reported Monday that the commission considers allegations of misuse of public office for personal gain, so the produce company’s criticism of senior epidemiologist William Keene’s scientific judgment fell… Continue Reading