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McDonald’s Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Across the Midwest

McDonald’s has stopped selling salads at thousands of its Midwestern locations after dozens of people fell ill with cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the intestinal parasite cyclospora. As of Sunday, July 15, public health officials in Illinois have confirmed 90 cases of cylclosporiasis in patients who had eaten at McDonald’s in the previous days, while officials in Iowa reported 15 cases. Health officials in Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota are also reporting cyclosporiasis illnesses that they believe stem from McDonald’s salads. According to USA Today, each of the states has two cases, except for Missouri, which has seven, and ... Read More

Man Sickened by Salmonella Sues Melon Producer

An Indiana man who was hospitalized after eating melon contaminated with Salmonella is suing Caito Foods LLC, the producer of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and other products that federal health officials say started a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illnesses. According to Food Safety News, Jacob Novero was infected with the Salmonella Adelaide strain linked to the contaminated products after buying and eating pre-cut fruit containing honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries produced by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. Mr. Novero bought the contaminated melon salad at a Walmart Supercenter in Noblesville, Indiana on May 12. He started feeling ill two days later ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Fresh Melon Products

At least 60 people eight states have been sickened by Salmonella linked to melon products made and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana, spurring a recall of fresh cut melon and fruit salads, federal health officials announced. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses stems from fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley mixtures containing any of these melon products. Caito Foods and others distributed the affected melon products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. People infected by the melon products, which are ... Read More

Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak The Worst in U.S. History

The largest outbreak of Hepatitis A in U.S. history is also the deadliest. A hepatitis A outbreak centered in Southeastern Michigan has prompted federal and state health officials to urge people across Michigan to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which can lead to severe health complications, liver failure, and in some cases death. The outbreak started in August 2016 and as of May 23 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recorded 837 cases of hepatitis A infection, including 671 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious virus that targets the ... Read More

Feds Target Rampant Listeria Contamination in NY Food Plant

An ongoing threat of Listeria monocytogenes and other harmful pathogenic bacteria inside a Staten Island, New York food processing facility has prompted the U.S. government to file a complaint against two companies, seeking to prevent them from manufacturing and distributing adulterated food. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Euroline Foods and Royal Seafood Baza, which together produce and distribute ready-to-eat fish products, vegetable salads, and cheese. Federal authorities say the food is being prepared in a chronically unsanitary Staten Island facility where FDA inspections have repeatedly found ... Read More

Lawmaker Questions FDA’s Handling of Egg Recall

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella poisoning linked to eggs and the weak response of federal regulators has Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) concerned and full of questions. On May 21, Rep. DeLauro sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Administrator Scott Gottlieb seeking more information about what steps the agency has taken in response to the Salmonella outbreak, which has sickened at least 35 people in 11 states. Eleven of the sickened people have been hospitalized with more severe infections. The problem first came to light on April 13, when the FDA announced a recall of more than ... Read More

206.7 Million Eggs Recalled for Salmonella Risk

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning has prompted the largest egg recall in nearly a decade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said the recall of 206,749,248 eggs (more than 17 million dozen) follows 22 reports of illness linked to consumption of salmonella-contaminated eggs. Food Safety News says the egg recall is the largest of its kind since 2010. The affected eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. They were sold under several brand names to grocery chains and distributed in ... Read More

Vulto Creamery Under Strict Oversight After Listeria Outbreak

A federal court has barred Vulto Creamery, the New York cheese manufacturer linked to a deadly multistate outbreak of listeriosis, from making, selling, and distributing any food products until it takes specific measures to prevent Listeria and other dangerous foodborne microorganisms from contaminating its food. In a March 19 complaint initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. alleged that Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner, Johannes H. Vulto, violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by making and distributing ready-to-eat cheese it knew could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a form of cold-resistant bacteria that ... Read More

Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Over Listeria Concerns

Panera Bread is recalling all of its 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its bakery-cafes nationwide after samples for some of the cream cheese tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria commonly linked to outbreaks of food poisoning. According to Panera, the recalled cream cheese has an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. The company said that the recall was initiated after it discovered Listeria on one variety of its 2 oz. cream cheese products made on one particular production day. Panera said that samples of the cream cheese made before and after ... Read More

Congresswoman Slams CDC Over ‘Slow’ Response To E. Coli Outbreak

U.S Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its “stunning lack of guidance” and “slow and insufficient response” to a deadly outbreak of E. coli that Canadian health authorities linked to contaminated romaine lettuce. Rep. DeLauro, who often champions food safety issues, sent her harsh rebuke to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, criticizing the agency’s lack of initiative in informing Americans about the E. coli outbreak. In the letter, Rep. DeLauro suggests the CDC’s delay could have cost U.S. consumers their life. “CDC’s stunning lack of guidance to consumers regarding this outbreak is ... Read More