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Chipotle stockholders’ suit says company, CDC kept secrets

Documents show CDC investigated 14 foodborne outbreaks linked to Chipotle, beginning in 2014

Stockholders’ attorneys say Chipotle Mexican Grill and federal officials knew about multiple foodborne illness outbreaks linked to the restaurant chain in 2014-15, but did not inform the public. Using Freedom of Information Act requests, the attorneys representing the Chipotle stockholders pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for details about the track record of… Continue Reading

FDA’s delay of Nutrition Facts label a blow to public health

Opinion

Editor’s note: This contributed opinion column by Dr. Peter G. Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest is republished here with permission. To read this column on the CSPI website, click here. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update… Continue Reading

2 Camplyobacter cases linked to restaurant; foie gras suspected

A restaurant in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, WA, has been confirmed as the source of two recent Camplyobacter infections, causing health officials to warn the public about the dangers of eating foie gras. Public health officials investigated an outbreak infecting “a single meal party” at Café Juanita, according to a notice posted by Seattle & King County Public Health. “On July 24th, Public… Continue Reading

Food safety: Possible risk to reputations provides motivation

Opinion

Over Ecolab’s many decades of support to the food service industry, we have seen considerable progress in the execution of sanitation and hygiene programs that protect public health. But each new food safety incident or norovirus outbreak, and the accompanying headlines, remind us that we dare not take our eyes off the ball. The public… Continue Reading

Lawmaker has ‘insurance’ ready if Montana OKs raw milk sales

Montana State Sen. Diane Sands knows from her own studies as the retired development director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula that infant mortality improved and stillbirths declined after pasteurized milk became available. That’s why the Missoula Democrat is sponsoring a labeling bill as a kind of insurance against the possibility that either of… Continue Reading

Montana lawmaker again pushing for unpasteurized milk sales

Against the recommendations of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a state representative is trying for a third time to muster support for legalizing the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in the state. Introduced by Rep. Nancy Ballance, a Republican, House Bill 325 would allow herd- and animal-share programs to distribute raw… Continue Reading

Shigellosis outbreak at elementary school kept quiet for weeks

Public health and school officials in Randolph County, MO, are investigating an outbreak of Shigellosis that they have been quietly monitoring for weeks. The county health department issued a news release Monday, more than three weeks after Moberly School District officials notified parents of students at South Park Elementary School of the outbreak. “No definite… Continue Reading

E. coli strain associated with Seattle restaurant goes traveling

The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

Epic food recalls: What’s the deal with that?

Anyone who has been following news lately is aware of two epic recalls prompted by concerns that two firms may have produced and distributed foods contaminated Listeria monocytogenes:  CRF frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables and SunOpta sunflower kernels. These recalls have been massive in scope because these foods were used as ingredients by… Continue Reading