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CDC says food illnesses on the rise, reports sharp increase in shellfish-related sickness

The number of people sickened by pathogens in contaminated food grew last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday in its summary of 2012 public health data documenting foodborne illness in the United States. According to data from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, cases of foodborne infection went up 3 percent in 2012 from the year before. The CDC attributes this escalation in food-related illnesses partly to a surge in the number of illnesses from the Vibrio bacteria found in undercooked shellfish and raw oysters. Records show that those illnesses were up 25 percent, but government ... Read More

Peanut recall expanded again over salmonella fears

Sunland, Inc., the Portales-New Mexico based peanut grower, has expanded its nationwide peanut recall even further to include raw and roasted peanuts. The company took the measure as a precaution in the midst of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 35 people in 19 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The company said that customers should avoid eating raw and roasted Sunland peanuts, both shelled and in the shell that are still in their current shelf life. Roasted peanuts included in this recall were distributed between April 12, 2012 to October 12, ... Read More

Canada expands recall of E.Coli-contaminated beef products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expanded a nationwide recall on beef Monday over fears that more products may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria than originally thought. Last week, the agency temporarily suspended the operating license of Alberta-based meatpacking company XL Foods, the largest Canadian meat processing company, effectively shutting down its operations until the source of the bacterial contamination could be found and eliminated. The Canadian recall now encompasses more than 300 beef products, including steaks, roasts, ground beef, and sausage sold in a various outlets under various brand names and no-name brands. According to the Associated Press, ... Read More

Mexican mangoes likely suspect in salmonella outbreak

U.S. health officials are eyeing Mexican mangoes as the source of another wide scale salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in the U.S. and Canada. Most of the people sickened by eating possibly contaminated mangoes are in California. According to California health officials, at least 73 Californians have been sickened by a strain of salmonella Braenderup, a potent bacteria that is potentially fatal to children, elderly, and anyone with a weak immune system. Symptoms of salmonella-related food poisoning typically include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and headaches. Nearly 70 percent of the people infected by the salmonella ... Read More

Watch food temperature when eating, cooking outdoors in hot weather

With warm weather upon us, most families are ready to get outside and enjoy the outdoors with friends and relatives alike. But cooking food outside, with temperatures rising in the hot summer months, may also increase the risk for higher amounts of bacteria within those foods. Most people are unaware that foodborne bacteria increase during the summer months. This is largely due to food being stored at incorrect temperatures and prepared in improper methods. In order to help keep people safe with food from the refrigerator to the picnic table, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided a list of ... Read More

Potentially deadly E. coli outbreak hits Southern states

A virulent and potentially deadly strain of E. coli bacteria linked to more than a dozen illnesses and one death across six states has health officials racing to identify the source. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have found that so far the biggest concentration of E. coli O145, the strain linked to this latest outbreak, has occurred in its own backyard of Atlanta, Georgia. There, five people ages 18 to 52 have been sickened. Two people in Alabama have been sickened by the same E. coli strain, four in Louisiana, and one each in California, Florida, and ... Read More

Report suggests poor safety auditor advice contributed to deadly Listeria outbreak

A Congressional Committee’s investigation of the Colorado family farm linked to a nationwide outbreak of Listeria last summer found that a third-party auditor gave the farm a “superior” rating just weeks before the outbreak, calling into question the reliability and credibility of private agricultural inspection firms. The outbreak was traced to cantaloupes grown on the farm. The House Energy and Commerce Committee report says that Jensen Farms of Rocky Ford, Colorado hired Bio Food Safety Inc., a subcontractor working for Primus Labs, to evaluate its operations in 2010 and again in 2011. However, the auditor focused only on Jensen Farms’ ... Read More