Washington State Department of Health

At least 17 people became sick after two events catered by the same Seattle caterer on March 3, spurring an outbreak investigation by the county and state health departments.

Laboratory tests have confirmed Shigella infection in one of the sick people. One person is hospitalized, according to an outbreak notice posted by Public Health —…

Most of Vashon Island is now closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison, which acts quickly and can cause paralysis of the respiratory system and death.

The Seattle-King County Public Health Department posted an alert Friday evening citing information from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The marine…

The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle &…

A rogue caterer who has been operating without proper permits since at least 2012 has been named in a rare move by public health officials in Tacoma, WA. Operating as Mr. Rick’s Catering, Rick Stevenson’s food is the suspected vehicle in a Salmonella outbreak that could impact 175 people in multiple counties. [caption id=”attachment_130379″ align=”alignright”…

Food poisoning outbreaks involving Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets are eroding its overall stock value, which last summer hit a per-share high of $756. The company’s shares closed Monday at $624, a drop of 2.5 percent. Traded under the symbol “CMG” on the New York Stock Exchange, the “fast casual” restaurant chain has recently experienced three…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-roast-pig-whole-cooked-ready-to-eat-image47371784The strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork that has infected 134 people in Washington, hospitalizing 16, is multi-drug resistant. According to an update posted Friday evening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance testing conducted on clinical isolates from three infected people found that the Salmonella was resistant to ampicillin,…

Whole hogs for barbeque, recalled Thursday, have been associated with 32 Salmonella I 4, [5],12:i:- illnesses now being tracked by the Washington State Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. And officials say those cases may be part of a larger outbreak. Graham, WA-based Kapowsin Meats…