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Paralytic shellfish poison levels force recreational harvest ban

Most of Vashon Island is now closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison, which acts quickly and can cause paralysis of the respiratory system and death. The Seattle-King County Public Health Department posted an alert Friday evening citing information from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The marine… Continue Reading

E. coli strain associated with Seattle restaurant goes traveling

The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Caterer without permit linked to Salmonella outbreak

A rogue caterer who has been operating without proper permits since at least 2012 has been named in a rare move by public health officials in Tacoma, WA. Operating as Mr. Rick’s Catering, Rick Stevenson’s food is the suspected vehicle in a Salmonella outbreak that could impact 175 people in multiple counties. Tacoma-Pierce County Health… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 Illnesses Now Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle

Nov. 13 update: The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts this outbreak at 50 total illnesses: 31 people in Washington state and 19 in Oregon. That is an increase of one more case of E. coli infection reported from Washington. The Oregon Health Authority, however, is reporting 18 E…. Continue Reading

Update: 41 E. Coli O26 Cases in OR and WA Associated With Chipotle Restaurants

Nov. 6 update: The Oregon Health Authority stated Friday, Nov. 6, that there are now 13 E. coli O26 illnesses in Oregon connected with eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. That is one more reported case since Thursday. Four people have been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health has revised its case count down by… Continue Reading

Update: 37 People Sickened With E. Coli Linked to Chipotle Restaurants

At least 37 people have been sickened with E. coli in connection with Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. According to updated case counts released Tuesday, there are 12 victims in Oregon and 25 in Washington. In Washington, residents of Clark (11), Cowlitz (2), Island (2), King (6), and Skagit (4) counties have been reported as outbreak cases…. Continue Reading

Outbreaks Bring Downward Pressure on Chipotle Stock

Food poisoning outbreaks involving Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets are eroding its overall stock value, which last summer hit a per-share high of $756. The company’s shares closed Monday at $624, a drop of 2.5 percent. Traded under the symbol “CMG” on the New York Stock Exchange, the “fast casual” restaurant chain has recently experienced three… Continue Reading

USDA Expands Pork Recall Linked to 152 Confirmed Cases of Salmonella

The original Aug. 13 recall of pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA, was for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Now, in an Aug. 27 expansion of that earlier recall, approximately 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in: varying weights of boxed and bagged… Continue Reading

Multi-drug Resistance Identified in WA Salmonella Outbreak

The strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork that has infected 134 people in Washington, hospitalizing 16, is multi-drug resistant. According to an update posted Friday evening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance testing conducted on clinical isolates from three infected people found that the Salmonella was resistant to ampicillin, streptomycin,… Continue Reading

Salmonella Illnesses Prompt Recall of Whole Hogs for Barbeque

Whole hogs for barbeque, recalled Thursday, have been associated with 32 Salmonella I 4, [5],12:i:- illnesses now being tracked by the Washington State Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. And officials say those cases may be part of a larger outbreak. Graham, WA-based Kapowsin Meats has recalled 116,262… Continue Reading