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The Food Safety News Top 10 News Stories of 2013

Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2013

Chicken and fresh produce lead the pack

Editor’s note: 2013 saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013. Please note that the list excludes Norovirus outbreaks and… Continue Reading

CDC: Hepatitis A Outbreak Now at 162 Cases in 10 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an update Monday reporting that the number of Hepatitis A cases associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend now totals 162, with 71 people having been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The cases were reported in 10 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey,… Continue Reading

CDC Updates Hepatitis A Outbreak Numbers: 159 Ill in 10 States

The number of hepatitis A cases associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend has grown to 159, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was issued today. According to the CDC, cases were reported in 10 states:  Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah… Continue Reading

153 Now Ill in Hepatitis A Outbreak

At least 153 people in nine western states have been confirmed ill with hepatitis A in connection to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant frozen berry mix containing contaminated pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey. The berries were sold at Costco stores. Of those ill, at least 66 have been hospitalized. The case count by state is as… Continue Reading

Pew: Frozen Berry Hepatitis A Outbreak Underscores Need for FSMA

Since first hitting headlines nearly two months ago on May 31, news reports have largely fizzled out regarding the outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen organic berries from Townsend Farms and sold at Costco stores. But for 150 people known to have fallen ill with the virus, the ordeal has yet to end. Aaron… Continue Reading

Two More Hep A Cases in Townsend Farms Outbreak

Update: As of Friday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. EST, 150 illnesses and 66 hospitalizations had been reported in the hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen pomegranate seeds distributed in Townsend Farms’ mixed berry product.  At least 150 people have been found ill in the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen pomegranate seeds included in… Continue Reading

Pomegranate Seeds in Frozen Berry Mix Have Infected 143 with Hepatitis A

Three more illnesses were reported Tuesday in the multistate hepatitis A outbreak linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey, bringing the case count up from 140 to 143. These newly reported cases occurred in two of the eight states affected by the outbreak: Arizona (which reported one new case) and Colorado (which reported two new cases)…. Continue Reading

Turkish Pomegranate Seeds Spread Rare Virus Across U.S.

Four more rare hepatitis A virus cases in the United States were linked over the weekend to Turkish-grown pomegranate seeds by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, raising the total number of cases in the current outbreak to 140 in eight states. The outbreak strain of the hepatitis A virus… 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