The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. According to the CDC, as of Dec. 21, 2021, 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from eight states — Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New
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Savannah Food Company Inc. is recalling cornbread dressing and bread stuffing made with frozen diced eggs from Almark Foods of Gainesville, GA. The products were distributed through wholesale distributors to restaurants, delis, cafeterias, and foodservice establishments in Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas.

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study has found that international trade of shellfish might be involved in the dispersal of Vibrio parahaemolyticus populations into the United States and Spain. The study found that severe weather, such as El Niño conditions in Peru, provide ideal conditions for the proliferation
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CORRECTED CONTENT — St. Louis based-Dierbergs Markets has initiated a recall of certain egg salad and potato salad products in all 25 of its retail stores, located in eastern and central Missouri and western Illinois. The recall was initiated because its egg supplier notified the grocery chain that hard
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Outbreak investigators are looking for the source of Listeria monocytogenes that has sickened two dozen people across 13 states, killing two. The outbreak could be related to illnesses in Canada that have been linked to diced chicken. 

Whole genome sequencing, sometimes called DNA fingerprinting, shows the sick people in the
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It seems we hear about food recalls more frequently. To understand what is happening let’s look at food recalls in terms of responsible government agencies, causes, classifications and regulations.

Government agencies
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Thirteen people in seven states are infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported Tuesday. Raw, ground tuna is believed to be the source of the infections.

North Dakota and Washington State each reported four cases.   Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois,
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A renewed public warning today from the FDA says a salmonella threat from certain imported tahini products is ongoing. Some of the recalled products may have label information in Hebrew only, making them difficult for many U.S. consumers to identify.

Although only five confirmed Salmonella Concord infections have been reported
Continue Reading New FDA alert on Salmonella outbreak says threat from tahini continues