Local media in the Seattle area are reporting the a woman found a dead lizard in her restaurant salad.

Maniza Qureshi reported the incident to Seattle & King County Public Health after the shocking experience with a lunchtime salad from an Evergreens restaurant.

“No other complaints of foreign items in the salad have been received by this location. Based on the items placed in the salad, it is possible that the lizard came in one of the sealed packages of greens,” a report from Public Health’s inspector said.

Seattle-based food safety attorney Bill Marler, an expert in the field of
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An outbreak of cryptosporidium that affected 40 people in Ireland this past year has been linked to salad from one farm.

A cluster of cryptosporidiosis cases was reported from a South Dublin laboratory in July 2020. All sick people were interviewed, and environmental health officers did 110 inspections to collect food and water samples at businesses in which suspected cases had food in the 14 days before onset of symptoms.

Forty patients were linked to the outbreak, of which 33 met the confirmed case definition. Twenty five were female and 15 male. In total, 31 cases were aged 20 to
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At least 100 children are sick in Finland because of Salmonella, according to the country’s national public service broadcaster. A food source is likely.

YLE reported that mainly young children have been suffering from diarrhea in the country in recent weeks. Early indications point to one of the ingredients of salad and the wholesaler supplying the products has been contacted.

Most of the patients are from the city of Jyväskylä and were taken to hospital but the majority did not require admission and treatment. City officials believe people were exposed to the contaminated product on June 18 or early the
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Norwegian officials are investigating an increase of Yersinia infections reported since late April. Based on the range in geography of those infected, officials believe the source is a widely distributed food product.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported the rise in Yersinia enterocolitica O3.

An outbreak investigation has been started with relevant local agencies, the Veterinary Institute and Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet).

Patients are between 16 and 54 years old and two thirds are women. Bacteria with the same DNA profile have been detected in all ill people, meaning they are likely linked to a common source
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A Yersinia outbreak in Norway has been solved and declared over just days after it was announced.

Folkehelseinstituttet (the Norwegian Institute of Public Health) said the national outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica O3 was likely caused by a pre-mixed salad product.

Less than a week earlier, the agency had announced an investigation into a recent rise in Yersinia infections.

The outbreak started in mid-November and involved 10 confirmed patients. All of them are women aged 11 to 59 years old who became ill in mid to late November with the last case on Nov. 26. Three people live in Viken, two
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Officials in Ireland are investigating an outbreak of cryptosporidium linked to a salad that has affected more than 40 people.

The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Department of Public Health East was notified of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in the Dublin and Wicklow area. To date, 42 cases have been notified; with the onset of symptoms occurring over a 14 day period from July 15.

A food alert was issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and certain batches of mixed salad leaves were withdrawn.

Product recall
The FSAI was notified by the HSE of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis. 
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At least 20 people in Wisconsin have E. coli infections that could be linked to an outbreak in Maryland that has been traced to ready-to-eat romaine lettuce salads. Some officials, however, say a specific cause  of the Wisconsin outbreak has not yet been determined.

In a Twitter post the head food safety official at the Food and Drug Administration, Frank Yiannas, urged the public to not consume any of the suspect salad. The agency is assisting with the outbreak investigation.

Ready Pac, the brand of the salads involved, is owned by Bonduelle Fresh Americas. Bonduelle posted a notice on its
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Mostly children are part of a Salmonella outbreak in Poland that has affected almost 200 people.

The total number ill is 192, including 158 children and 34 nursery school employees. Ten children are still in The hospital out of 22 people who had to be admitted.

The nursey school, identified as Kindergarten Number 3, has sites on Podgórze Street and Kochanowskiego Street in Sanok, a town in eastern Poland.

Laboratory tests detected Salmonella Enteritidis in 65 patients, including 40 children and 25 staff.

Microbiological food sampling found Salmonella in a vegetable salad and a carrot and apple salad. These items
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Separate testing in Finland and Switzerland detected Listeria monocytogenes in a variety of products last year but no samples contained the pathogen at levels above legal limits.

The Finland customs authority (Tulli in Finnish) detected Listeria monocytogenes in imported frozen fruits, berries and vegetables. In Switzerland, the bacteria was found in some ready to eat foods.

It was the first time in the Finnish custom authority’s laboratory microbiological studies that Listeria had been detected in frozen fruit.

The Customs Laboratory examined 78 lots of frozen fruit and detected Listeria in eight of them but levels were not above the regulatory
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Almost 3,000 people fell ill and nearly 350 were hospitalized in 30 produce-related outbreaks over a six-year period in Brazil, according to researchers.

The study published in Food Quality and Safety identified foodborne outbreaks associated with fruit and vegetable consumption in Brazil from 2008 to 2014. They resulted in 2,926 illnesses, 347 hospitalizations, and no deaths.

Salmonella was the most frequent in causing disease (nine outbreaks) followed by Staphylococcus aureus (seven), E. coli (three), Bacillus cereus (two), and thermo-tolerant coliforms (one). For eight outbreaks the pathogen responsible could not be determined.

The most common food vehicles implicated were generically named
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