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Virginia Department of Health

Salmonella source at cook-off still a mystery; dozens sickened

Public health officials in Virginia continue to implore anyone who attended a chili/chowder cook-off event Sept. 30 at the Chincoteague carnival grounds to fill out an online survey to help with a foodborne illness outbreak investigation. The Virginia Department of Health posted the survey after dozens of people reported becoming ill after the annual Chincoteague… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Taking a chance with raw milk? Don’t bet your kid

Virginia officials should have erred on the side of transparency during secret E. coli outbreak

Opinion

I’ve never been much for games of pure chance. They simply leave too much up to, well, chance. Where’s the fun or challenge in that? I prefer activities that involve logic and reason and strategy — like “Clue” or pinochle. Yah, yah, I know both of those involve an element of chance. There’s the luck… Continue Reading

17 months later — State hopes to complete outbreak report

Virginia did not alert general public to E. coli outbreak traced to raw milk in March 2016

Even though the state has standing warnings about the risk of infections from bacteria in raw milk, Virginia officials did not alert the general public to an E. coli outbreak in March 2016 that sickened at least 14 people — a dozen of them children. This week, 17 months after the outbreak, public health officials… Continue Reading

Chipotle blames restaurant staff for outbreak; reports on 2Q

Chain tells investors future is bright but uncertain; cites possible litigation, 'government action'

The summertime fall of Chipotle’s stock, which began a week ago when customers reported a norovirus outbreak, isn’t reflected in the chain’s 2Q financials. But foodborne illnesses past and present were an undercurrent Tuesday during an investors’ conference call with executives. Founder and CEO Steve Ells alluded to the cause of the norovirus outbreak among… Continue Reading

Health director reports Chipotle employees were infected

Norovirus outbreak in Virginia tops 135 victims; Chipotle expected to 'take care of them'

Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells

With at least 135 customers of a Virginia Chipotle Mexican Grill reporting they became ill after eating there July 13-16, the corporation is said to be “taking care of” the victims. Lab results from tests of two customers have confirmed they were sickened by the same strain of norovirus, a highly contagious pathogen that is… Continue Reading

Chipotle mum on status of restaurant linked to outbreak

No one was answering the phone at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tripleseven Road in Sterling, VA, Tuesday evening and no one from the chain’s corporate headquarters in Denver was answering questions about when they might reopen the location, which is implicated in an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak. Earlier in the day the corporation’s public… Continue Reading

Chipotle customers report illnesses; one location closed

More than a dozen people have reported becoming ill after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Virginia, which is temporarily closed for cleaning amidst denials from corporate officials and dropping stock prices. “The reported symptoms are consistent with norovirus. Norovirus does not come from our food supply, and it is safe to eat… Continue Reading

Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates. In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking  smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to… Continue Reading

CDC reports 119 people from 8 states have Hepatitis A linked to smoothies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated this outbreak on Friday afternoon to a total of 119 cases of Hepatitis A from eight states. Forty-seven of these individuals have been hospitalized, but no related deaths are being reported. As of Sept. 14, CDC gives the state-by-state breakdown of the 119 total cases… Continue Reading