With just six weeks to go, 2020 continues to look like a light year for the major foodborne illnesses when measured by multistate outbreaks. The three recently identified outbreaks of E. coli O157: H7 without any known food source are mysteries that remain to be solved before the year ends.
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You could say lab rats know what to expect because they know the history.

“Laboratory Review of Foodborne Disease Investigations in Washington State 2007-2017” is all about using the past to prepare for the future.

In Washington State, the Public Health Laboratories located in Shoreline, WA, expect to see about
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The maker of some of North America’s best known “dense nutrition” liquids, which are frequently used for young children and elderly or sick adults, is recalling more products in relation to at least one illness.

Although the nature of the illness has not been reported, recall notices for the Abbott
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Public health officials in Utah and Michigan are alerting people to possible exposure to the hepatitis A virus after confirmation of infected foodservice workers.

The illnesses are part of a multi-state outbreak that has sickened about 1,200 people and killed almost 50. Infected people are usually contagious before they develop
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Negative news keeps piling up for French dairy giant Lactalis, which recalled 12 million cans of baby milk in December because of a multi-country Salmonella outbreak traced to the product.

Forty infants across France, Spain and Greece have been confirmed in the Salmonella Agona outbreak. Lactalis distributed the product to
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Another restaurant worker in Michigan has tested positive for hepatitis A, this time at a Tim Hortons location in Monroe, igniting another round of recommendations from public health officials that restaurant patrons seek post-exposure treatment immediately.

The post-exposure treatment for the highly contagious virus must be given within two weeks
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Consumer complaints and illnesses have prompted a recall of Maple Leaf Foods chicken strips because of potential contamination with the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.

Retailers across Canada received the frozen chicken breast strips, which have the best-before date of Sept. 29, 2018, according to the recall notice posted Wednesday
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The showdown in Washington continues between owners of the Pride & Joy raw milk dairy and state officials in regard to pathogens that state inspectors found in the dairy’s unpasteurized organic milk.

Tuesday the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported its latest test results, which confirmed Salmonella in the
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