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Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading

Swedish Supermarket Removes Frozen Strawberries for Hep A Risk

Swedish supermarket chain Ica has removed all frozen strawberries from its stores due to the risk of hepatitis A contamination, according to Swedish news outlet The Local. The recalled berries, grown in Morocco and Egypt, come labeled as Ica Basic frozen strawberries, Ica deep frozen strawberries, and Ica Basic Berry Mix (Bärmix). Sweden and several… Continue Reading

Chinese Strawberries Sickened Thousands of German Students

Those frozen strawberries that were “very likely” the cause of food poisoning that sickened more than 11,000 German schoolchildren were very certainly grown in China. China is now the world’s biggest exporter of strawberries, and those going to German schools were grown in China’s province of Shangdong. The Chinese strawberries were then transported by ship… Continue Reading

Frozen Strawberries Blamed for 11,000 German Illnesses

Frozen strawberries are “very likely” the cause of food poisoning that sickened more than 11,000 students in almost 500 schools and day care centers, mostly in eastern areas of Germany, during the last week. The Robert Koch Institute, which investigates infectious diseases and outbreaks for the German Health Ministry, reported on a “strong and statistically… Continue Reading

BC Issues Warning About Pomeberry Frozen Berries

Eight cases of hepatitis A over the past two months in British Columbia may be linked to frozen berries, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) said Thursday as it warned consumers not to eat Pomeberry Blend frozen berries manufactured by Western Family. The blend, which was distributed through Save-On-Foods and Overwaitea, contains frozen… Continue Reading

Deer Confirmed as Source of Strawberry Outbreak

Lab tests confirmed that deer feces found in strawberry fields in Oregon were the source of E. coli 0157:H7 infections that killed one person and sickened at least 14 others, Oregon Public Health Division officials confirmed Wednesday. “There were six samples that positively matched the E. coli that was found in the people who were… Continue Reading

Two More Illnesses May Be Tied to Oregon Strawberries

Two more cases of E. coli infection could be linked to strawberries sold at roadside stands and at farmers markets in Oregon, according to the Clatsop County Public Health Department. The additional suspected cases were reported to the department on Wednesday. At least one of the case patients was said to have eaten strawberries traced… Continue Reading

Law Firm Makes Donation for Local Food Safety

Following reports that fresh strawberries sold at Oregon roadside stands and farmers markets were the likely source of at least 10 E. coli O157:H7 infections, one fatal, the Seattle-based food safety law firm Marler Clark donated $5,000 to the Food Alliance of Portland. The Food Alliance, according to its website, “provides comprehensive third-party certification for… Continue Reading