Florida Department of Health

A weekly update of outbreak investigations posted by the FDA shows one investigation has ended and another outbreak has one additional patient.

The Food and Drug Administration along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida state officials have been investigating an outbreak of infections from Listeria monocytogenes

Continue Reading FDA reports closing ice cream investigation; continues with work on other outbreaks

Florida officials say 16 of 17 ice cream samples from a production facility have tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, spurring a formal stop sales order from the state.

The facility produces ice cream for Big Olaf Creamery, which has been linked to an outbreak of Listeria infections that has sickened

Continue Reading All but one of ice cream samples tested in outbreak investigation are contaminated

State officials have ordered Big Olaf Creamery to stop use of processing equipment in a plant associated with a deadly outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections.

The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) is still waiting for results of product sampling, but the evidence of Listeria in the production

Continue Reading Florida officials order Big Olaf Creamery to stop all activities as part of outbreak investigation

Florida health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak potentially linked to a family-owned Mexican restaurant in Fernandina Beach. There were local news reports Wednesday of five confirmed and three probable illnesses connected with the outbreak, although a state health department spokesman would not provide any specifics to Food Safety News
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The crowdsourcing site iwaspoisoned.com has collected thousands of reports of foodborne illnesses from individuals across the United States since 2009 and is expanding with a custom alert service for state health departments. “There are now 26 states signed up, allowing government (health) officials and epidemiologists to receive real time, customized
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A rare toxin carried by barracuda, grouper and other locally caught sport fish sickens Floridians in greater numbers than previously believed, a new analysis suggests. Consuming the foodborne toxin, called ciguatera, can result in severe nausea and vomiting and sometimes long-term tingling in the limbs or joint pain. BarracudaReefMain“The rate
Continue Reading Study of Rare Toxin Carried by Sport Fish Underscores Consumer Warnings