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Botulism Outbreak Hospitalizes 10 People In Sacramento Area

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A rare outbreak of botulism linked to a gas station and convenience store near Sacramento, California, has hospitalized 10 people, including at least one woman who has been fighting for her life in an intensive care unit for more than three weeks. Theresa Kelly told Fox40 Sacramento that her sister Lavinia had drizzled nacho cheese sauce on some Doritos she bought at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove on April 21. Hours later, Lavinia called Theresa and tried to articulate with slurred speech that she needed help. Basically she’s saying “Sister, I need you here ... Read More

Frozen Burritos Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

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A New Mexico company that makes frozen burritos announced a recall May 13 of about 253,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and chicken burritos out of concerns that the products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness. Green Chile Concepts LLC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said the burritos included in the recall are sold under the brand name Green Chile Food Company and are available frozen, refrigerated, and hot in certain convenience stores, vending machines, and other retail locations nationwide. All of the burritos are ready-to-eat and packaged ... Read More

Another Hepatitis A Outbreak In Hawaii Linked to Raw Tuna

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People who ate raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between April 27 and May 1 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says in a recall notice for raw frozen tuna. The FDA’s announcement of the recall and potential hepatitis A exposure come less than a year after Hawaii struggled to identify the source of and contain the state’s largest-ever hepatitis A outbreak, which was eventually linked to contaminated frozen scallops from the Philippines used in sushi. The current recall includes frozen tuna ... Read More

Campbell’s Healthy Request Chicken Soup mislabeled, recalled

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Approximately 4,185 pounds of chicken soup is under recall due to a label mix up, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Campbell Soup Co. has received several complaints due to products labeled as “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta” actually containing “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth” soup. Though there have been no reports of any incidents due to the mix up, the products contain milk, a known allergen, that is not declared on the product label, leading to the recall. However, the FDA has deemed the health risk ... Read More

McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

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What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Boston Restaurant Chain Hospitalizes 10

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Public health authorities are investigating an outbreak of E. coli stemming from the Chicken & Rice Guys chain of restaurants in the Boston area. As of April 13, 14 people were sickened with an E. coli infection after eating at a couple of the Chicken & Rice Guys locations, and all but four of those required hospitalization. Investigators with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston’s Inspectional Services Division have not yet determined the source of the outbreak but said all of the restaurants would remain closed until the source is identified. “They will remain closed until we ... Read More

Couple that found dead bat in prepackaged salad must undergo rabies testing

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A bat’s deteriorating carcass found in bag of prepackaged salad purchased at a Florida Walmart has prompted a recall of a limited number of cases of Fresh Express’s Organic Marketside Spring Mix. The contaminated salad is undergoing testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to rule out whether the bat had rabies and if the consumers of the salad were at risk. “Transmission of rabies by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon, and the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal,” the CDC said in a press release. “CDC is supporting Florida local and ... Read More

Herbal Tea From San Francisco Shop linked to serious illness, death

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San Francisco health officials are urging the public to dispose of any herbal tea mixed and sold by Sun Wing Wo Trading Company in the city’s Chinatown district after a plant-based toxin in the herbal tea severely sickened at least two people, one of whom has died. According to the Los Angeles Times, an unidentified woman in her 50s became sick within an hour of sipping on a medicinal tea she bought at the suspect vendor in February. The San Francisco Department of Public Health reported that she immediately developed weakness and abnormal heart rhythms and lost consciousness. The woman, ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak From Oysters Sickens Hundreds In Pacific Northwest

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Hundreds of people in the Pacific Northwest have become sickened by norovirus linked to the consumption of raw oysters harvested from coastal Washington and British Columbia. Seattle-King County Public Health is investigating an apparent outbreak of norovirus from raw or undercooked oysters harvested in Washington between Jan. 10 and March 20. Officials report that as many as 39 people in the county were sickened after eating raw oysters in several different restaurants and at private events throughout the county. In Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada says consumption of raw and undercooked oysters has been blamed for the 321 ... Read More

More than 63K pounds of ground beef contaminated with ‘extraneous material’

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King’s Command Foods LLC is recalling approximately 63,252 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with “extraneous material,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered when the company received several consumer complaints that metal objects were found in the beef products. To date, there are been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone with concerns about an injury or illness should contact their health care provider. This recall, which is an expansion of a previous recall announced March 9, ... Read More