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CDC Update: 111 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts

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At least 111 people in 12 states have been confirmed infected with Salmonella in an outbreak linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc., according to an outbreak update posted Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-six percent of patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Since… Continue Reading

Flat Creek Farm Recalls Cheeses for Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, GA, has recalled three lots of cheese because of potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have lot codes 140802XAZ (Aztec Cheddar), 140702XAZ (Low Country Gouda) and 140725XGO (Aztec Cheddar). The lot codes can be found on the front of the packages. According to company records, as of Nov. 25, 2014,… Continue Reading

CDC: Raw Milk-Related Outbreaks on the Rise

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During the three years from 2007 to 2009, 30 foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. were connected to raw milk consumption. Yet, in the next three years, from 2010 to 2012, that number rose to 51, according to a new study published in the January issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed monthly journal published… Continue Reading

19 Recent Salmonella Cases Linked to MA Restaurant

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State and local health department officials are investigating 19 Salmonella cases linked to a restaurant in Holyoke, MA. Brian Fitzgerald, Holyoke’s health director, told a local TV station that officials were trying to figure out why people were apparently sickened after eating at the Delaney House in Holyoke between Nov. 11 and 15, 2014. Investigative reports from… Continue Reading

How to Store Eggs Safely: It Depends on How You Look at the Data

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The debate over how to store shell eggs has been going on ever since the chicken laid the first egg, if we assume the former came before the latter. Our ancestors looked at a range of techniques to preserve eggs, from burying them in lime to coating them with sodium silicate (water glass). The methods… Continue Reading

Chile Cheese Enchiladas Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Overhill Farms Inc. of Vernon, CA, is voluntarily recalling the frozen food product Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas due to potential Salmonella contamination. The supplier for the organic cilantro contained in the product notified Overhill Farms that the organic cilantro may have Salmonella contamination based on routine testing. The product is sold nationwide at all Safeway-owned stores,… Continue Reading

Study: Chlorine Dioxide Gas Offers Hope for Sprout Sanitation

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Chlorine dioxide gas may be an effective tool for combating Salmonella on sprouts, according to a new study. Researchers at Rutgers University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that chlorine dioxide gas is more effective at killing Salmonella on bean sprouts than chlorine wash — the industry-preferred decontamination technique…. Continue Reading

Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Up to 68 in Northeast

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As of November 24, a total of 68 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 10 states. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: One, Two, Three Sprouts, You’re Out

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Three sprout outbreaks (Sproutbreak – Sproutpocalypse – Sproutageddon – Sproutataclysm – Sproutastrophe) caused by Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria outbreaks since August?  One has been deadly and all have sent dozens to the hospital. As of yesterday, the CDC has reported a total of 63 persons infected with Salmonella Enteritidis from 10 states: Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading

Ongoing Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

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At least 63 people  in 10 states have been sickened in a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts, reported the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday. Bean sprouts distributed by Wonton Foods, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteriitdis that has sickened people in Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading