The Kankakee County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections associated with a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

As of May 14, the county department had identified eight people who had eaten food prepared at the restaurant at 50 Ken Hayes Dr. in Bourbonnais

Continue Reading Salmonella infections linked to Cracker Barrel restaurant in Illinois

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are

Continue Reading Warning sent to food firms in multiple states because of import violations

The conference committee’s amendments on prohibitions and exemptions were accepted before the North Dakota Legislature OK’d farmers selling raw milk directly to consumers.

Those provisions provide that

— A farm may sell raw milk directly to the end consumer for personal consumption.

— A farm may not sell raw milk

Continue Reading Legislatures are acting mostly with caution when it comes to raw milk

Four states that currently outlaw the retail sales of raw milk and allow only limited access to unpasteurized dairy products are finding it hard to make any progress this legislative season.

Of the four states, only Illinois currently allows for herd share agreements, which means a person has to buy

Continue Reading Raw milk legalization does not appear to be catching on at the statehouses

The McHenry County Department of Health in Illinois is reporting a significant increase in infections from Campylobacter. 

Health officials have identified eight cases of campylobacteriosis with illness onsets between Aug. 17 and Aug. 30. That is four times more cases compared to the previous two weeks and 3.33 times more

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A Salmonella outbreak related to a restaurant in Illinois is being investigated by county and state public health officials. At least eight patients have been identified so far.

Officials are telling the public to seek medical attention and testing if they ate at the La Mex restaurant in the 100
Continue Reading Illinois restaurant subject of investigation for outbreak of Salmonella illnesses

Amid an ongoing outbreak, BrightFarms is expanding a recall of packaged salad greens that were produced in its Rochelle, IL, greenhouse farm and sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan because of potential Salmonella contamination.

The initial recall can be viewed here.

BrightFarms is taking this action after being
Continue Reading BrightFarms expands recall of packaged salad greens linked to Salmonella outbreak

An Arby’s restaurant has closed for the second time in less than a month because of an outbreak of foodborne illnesses among its customers. Health officials say the pathogen involved is norovirus, which is notoriously hard to eradicate. 

More than 90 people have reported becoming ill after eating at the
Continue Reading Almost 100 sick as Arby’s restaurant closes for second time

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. announced a 10-state recall of baby spinach because of potential contamination with Salmonella. According to the recall notice posted on The Food and Drug Administration’s website, the recall was issued due to a sample of baby spinach that yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a
Continue Reading Dole recalls baby spinach products after state test shows Salmonella in a sample