The California Department of Public Health is recommending that consumers avoid eating raw oysters harvested from Estero El Cardon in Baja California Sur, Mexico, because they are linked to an outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses in California.

A dozen people reported illness in February, March, and April after consuming raw oysters sold by restaurants and retailers in Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, and San Diego Counties. The raw oysters have been distributed throughout the state.

Laboratory testing was performed for eight patients and multiple pathogens were identified: Vibrio parahaemolyticus in 3, Vibrio albensis in 1, Vibrio species unidentified in 1, Shigella
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Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed.

The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. It is in the nightshade family of plants.

Very small quantities of alkaloids are enough to trigger intoxication that can lead, in serious cases, to being in a coma and death, according to the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

It is not known if anyone has become ill from the green beans, but
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The Salmonella Poona outbreak first disclosed to the public last Sept. 4, and since found to be caused by imported Mexican cucumbers has now rolled into the new year with up to two additional deaths and 50 more cases in 16 states since the last report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. CDC Tuesday issued its first update on the deadly outbreak since last Nov. 19, saying  888 illnesses and six deaths are now associated with the Salmonella Poona outbreak in 39 states. The dangerous outbreak has sent 191 to local hospitals for care.  
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