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Infected Food Handler Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak at Don Antonio’s


An ill food handler was the likely source of the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak at Don Antonio’s, the popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant, that this past March 18-20 infected 23 diners, according to reports from the state and country public health departments. Alternatively referred to as “Restaurant A” by the county and Don Antonio’s in… Continue Reading

70 Sickened in May WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pork Carnitas


The final case count for the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha County, WI, in May was 70 people. The illnesses, first reported to the Kenosha County Division of Health (KCDOH) on May 14, were eventually linked to pork carnitas sold at Supermercado Los Corrales during Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-10, 2015). A public health nurse conducted… Continue Reading

Test Results Show Philippines Outbreak Linked to Candy Caused by Staphylococcus


The illness outbreak connected to fruit candies that sickened nearly 2,000 people in the Philippines was likely caused by poor worker hygiene at the production facility, resulting in contamination by Staphylococcus aureus, according to newly released test results. After health authorities ran tests of samples of candy in search of foodborne bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, results turned… Continue Reading

Updated: Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas Sickens 113 People


Update (July 6): The number of illnesses in this outbreak has risen to 113. The article below has been updated to reflect this new case count. For the third summer in a row, Texas is dealing with an outbreak of Cyclospora. At least 113 Texans have been hit with Cyclospora infections this year, as health authorities… Continue Reading

Most Significant Criminal Food Safety Case Nears Conclusion


Two days have been set aside this week to resolve remaining pre-sentence issues in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case being heard in federal court in Albany, GA. While this is the most significant criminal food safety case to ever be tried in the United States, it’s gone on so long that some people… Continue Reading

Update: 11 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to South Carolina Daycare Center

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed another three E. coli infections connected to an outbreak at a daycare in Greenwood, SC, bringing the total case count to 11. These three newly revealed illnesses occurred in people who have already recovered from their infections but had not been previously associated with the outbreak… Continue Reading

Update: 60 Now Sickened in WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Grocery Store


Updated May 21: Health officials have updated the case count from 20 cases to more than 60. This article has been updated to reflect the new information. Health officials in Kenosha County, WI, are investigating more than 60 Salmonella illnesses reportedly connected to consumption of meat from the grocery store Supermercado Los Corrales in Kenosha, according to… Continue Reading

Lessons Learned: Food Safety Summit Revisits 2014 Outbreak


The state of Maryland has only experienced four foodborne illness outbreaks in the past 10 years that sickened 100 people or more. Unfortunately for food safety experts, one of those outbreaks occurred at last year’s Food Safety Summit, an annual conference dedicated to food safety solutions. Last year’s conference in Baltimore ended with 216 of… Continue Reading

CDC: Source of Cucumber-Linked Outbreak Determined Too Late to Alert the Public


In late February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a detailed report describing a summer 2014 outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers grown in the Delmarva region of Maryland. The outbreak resulted in 275 confirmed illnesses and the death of one man. Considering that CDC estimates only one in 30 Salmonella cases are confirmed, the outbreak is… Continue Reading

Nearly 100 People Sickened After Attending Philadelphia Banquet


Dozens of lawyers and law students fell ill after attending a Feb. 27 banquet in Philadelphia, and the incident is now a suspected foodborne illness outbreak, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The city’s health department told the Inquirer it is not able to discuss details of the outbreak. The restaurant, Joy Tsin Lau, a dim-sum hotspot, reportedly has… Continue Reading