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CDC study attempts to assess outbreak risk from organic food

A newly published study of outbreaks linked to organic food concludes that while more data are needed to assess whether the risk is greater than for conventionally grown food, consumers should practice safe food handling in any case to avoid being sickened. The study, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was published online… Continue Reading

Shigella investigators in Michigan bring in help from CDC

With 177 shigellosis cases reported between March 1 and Oct. 26 from Michigan’s Genesee and Saginaw counties and no source yet identified, state and county health officials have called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. CDC investigators are now on the scene in Flint, MI, to help track what caused the outbreak of this highly contagious… Continue Reading

Egyptian firm recalls some frozen strawberries for Hepatitis A

The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan City, Egypt, is voluntarily recalling frozen strawberries in response to the ongoing investigation into a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration’s recall announcement, dated Sunday, stated that the company’s action was taken in consultation with FDA because… Continue Reading

Australian research reveals how Campylobacter bacteria work

A newly published study by Australian researchers describes how particularly virulent strains of Campylobacter jejuni are able to cause gastroenteritis in humans. It is reportedly the first time such a bacterial sensor has been identified. Researchers at the Griffith University Institute for Glycomics near Brisbane say that their results suggest it may be possible to create… Continue Reading

FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading

Feds say Salmonella outbreak linked to sprouts appears over

A recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Abony infections linked to alfalfa sprouts appears to be over, according to a final update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak sickened 36 people from nine states and hospitalized seven of them. No related deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates… Continue Reading

NARMS reports antibiotic resistance in Salmonella remains high

A new federal government report on antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens reveals that multidrug resistance in a common Salmonella serotype remains above 40 percent and that this resistance more than doubled between 2011 and 2014. According to the “NARMS 2014 Human Isolates Surveillance Report,” this level of resistance in Salmonella l 4,[5],12:i:- “has been linked to… Continue Reading

FDA finds Listeria throughout onion processing plant in WA

Inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently found Listeria monocytogenes in an onion processing facility in Washington state where some wholesale vegetable products, recalled in April, may be linked to several illnesses. The Oregon Potato Co., doing business as Freeze Pack, was told in a July 15 warning letter from FDA’s Seattle District Office that, following a March inspection of its processing… Continue Reading

Creamery recalls cheeses linked to at least 100 Salmonella cases

The Chapel Hill Creamery in Chapel Hill, NC, is recalling all of its cheese products because they have been linked to a growing Salmonella outbreak in North Carolina and elsewhere. A local county health officer said Thursday that the outbreak has sickened at least 50 people in North Carolina and about the same number in other states, and that it’s the… Continue Reading

General Mills expands flour recall after more illnesses are reported

CDC update: 42 E. coli O121 cases in 21 states

General Mills announced Friday that it was expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. The company, based in Minneapolis, stated that the recall is being expanded due to a newly reported illness which “appears… Continue Reading