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Avoid All Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says As E. Coli Outbreak Widens

U.S. health officials are warning people to steer clear of romaine lettuce, which they say has caused an ongoing outbreak of E. coli responsible for 32 confirmed illnesses across the country, including 13 hospitalizations, and an additional 18 people in Canada. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials have traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce, they have not yet identified the exact source of the E. coli contamination. “It’s still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the source of contamination that contributed to this outbreak,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kosher Chicken Kills One, Sickens Several Others

An outbreak of Salmonella illness that caused one death and at sent at least 17 others to the hospital for treatment has been linked to raw chicken products packaged and sold by Empire Kosher brand, federal health authorities announced. Although the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to the chicken started nearly a year ago, health officials investigating the outbreak only recently discovered that those sickened had eaten kosher chicken. When asked what brand of chicken they had consumed, the patients reported eating Empire Kosher brand. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said its Food Safety and Inspection Service arm ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Prompts Overhaul of Hawaii’s Food Safety Rules

The State of Hawaii has enacted new food safety rules a year after the state’s largest-ever outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to imported scallops infected about 300 and exposed hundreds more. As of Saturday, Sept. 7, the Hawaii Department of Health requires all “food establishments” to have at least one “person in charge” who possesses a food handlers education certificate present at all times the business is preparing and serving food. Food handler certification is offered in Hawaii both in traditional classes and online by a multitude of sources. The training and subsequent test typically cost $0-$15 and take less ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Likely Linked To Arkansas Restaurant

Arkansas health officials investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses say epidemiological tests conducted so far point to a restaurant in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to be the likely source of the foodborne illness. As many as 30 people have been sickened by Salmonella infection possibly tied to the outbreak, but only four of those have been confirmed. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) said that it continues to collect biological specimens from patients reporting to hospitals with symptoms of Salmonella infection. The ADH said that its tests so far suggest that the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Stuttgart is the likely source of the ... Read More

Nearly 320,000 Pounds of Meat, Poultry Recalled

An Olympia, Washington-based food production operation is recalling nearly 320,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products because they were made with contaminated water. The operation, Correctional Industries, supplies the Washington state Department of Corrections and various senior citizen nutritional programs. Groundwater testing at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base indicated Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) concentrations above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime Health Advisory (HA) levels, a press release issued by the Air Force base explained. The base tested samples from two wells that supply water to Airway Heights, which was the water supply used by Correctional Industries to make ... Read More

Hot Dogs Recalled Before Memorial Day

The Christian Science Monitor says that those celebrating Memorial Day in the U.S. consume nearly 71 million hot dogs that day or 818 hot dogs per second. Consumers firing up the grill for this year’s holiday to kickoff summer should heed the recall notice for two popular hot dog brands or they may find a bonus ingredient in their summertime favorite. Cincinnati-based John Morrell & Co., the parent corporation for both Nathan’s and Curtis Beef Master brands, has recalled more than 210,000 pounds of beef franks after receiving reports of contamination with bits of metal, Food Safety News reports. The ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Boston Restaurant Chain Hospitalizes 10

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

FDA Warns Cookie Dough Maker That Listeria Threats Persist

The Iowa-based food manufacturer whose cookie dough products spurred recalls for Blue Bell ice cream, Weight Watchers sundaes, Publix-brand ice cream, and a number of other products for potential Listeria contamination has received a notice from federal regulators warning that the actions the company took to clean up its operations may not have been adequate. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, produces cookie dough and a variety of other products, which it supplies to other food producers who use them as an ingredient in their own products. Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries was the first to detect a problem ... Read More

Salmonella Concerns Prompt Recall of Publix Brand Pancake and Waffle Mixes

Publix grocery stores are pulling certain store-brand pancake and waffle mixes from their shelves in Alabama and several other states after being notified by a supplier that the milk powder used as an ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recalled products include 16-ounce boxes of Publix Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503503), Publix Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503703), and Publix Premium Blueberry Flavored Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503603). The numbers are Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs) and are located near the bar code on the product packaging. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain operates ... Read More

Outbreak of Salmonella poisoning linked to Alabama caterer sickens 99

Health officials have suspended the operating permit of a north Alabama catering company by emergency order after at least 99 people became sickened from eating Salmonella-contaminated food the company provided at a wedding. The Alabama Department of Public Health tested samples of the food served at a Nov. 12 wedding in Sheffield, Ala., and found Salmonella enteritidis bacteria in specimens of cooked chicken and green beans. Indelible Catering of Moulton prepared the food for the wedding. The catering company was also identified as the source of a 2014 outbreak of Salmonella poisoning and E. coli infection at a luncheon. That ... Read More