Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

The number of people sick in a botulism outbreak due to contaminated sardines has grown to 15.

Patients include Americans, Canadians, and people from England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Spain.

At least ten have been hospitalized, and eight have been admitted to intensive care units. One person has died.

Continue Reading Sardines are confirmed as a botulism source as the patient count grows

TORONTO – Using crowdsourced data for foodborne outbreak investigations can work but poses a number of challenges, according to a session at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) conference.

Jennifer Beal, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Laura Gieraltowski, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

Continue Reading Experts discuss use of crowdsourced data in outbreak investigations

Canadian officials have cleared avocados as the source behind an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections. They have determined the source of the Salmonella is frozen corn.

“There are now 84 Salmonella illnesses reported across 5 provinces. Based on the investigation findings to date, the outbreak is linked to Alasko brand
Continue Reading Officials say outbreak is caused by frozen corn, not fresh avocados

Exposure to shellfish is the likely cause of an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus occurring in four Canadian provinces.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC),  21 confirmed cases of  Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness were reported through mid-October in the following provinces: Saskatchewan (1), Quebec (7), New Brunswick (10), and
Continue Reading Raw oysters from Canada’s eastern coastal waters blamed for Vibrio outbreak

As of this afternoon there have been 506 confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport illness in Canada linked to a Salmonella outbreak associated with onions. Officials in the U.S. have not posted an outbreak update since Sept. 1.

The total in Canada has increased by 49 people since the most
Continue Reading Canada posts new patient count in onion outbreak; nothing new reported by U.S. for two weeks

Editor’s note: After this story published the U.S. Food and Drug administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted outbreak updates naming Thomson International, a California company, as the source of implicated red onions. Read our coverage here.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, as
Continue Reading Sysco recalls red onions in Canada because of Salmonella link; U.S. mum

Frozen profiteroles and mini eclairs sold in grocery stores are the apparent sources of two deaths among at least 73 lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections in Canada as of April 27, 2019, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The outbreak, which was first announced on April
Continue Reading Two people dead in Canadian Salmonella outbreak linked to Celebrate brand frozen profiteroles and eclairs from Thailand