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Botulism Outbreak Hospitalizes 10 People In Sacramento Area

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

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

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

Aunt Jemima Products Recalled For Potential Listeria Contamination

The parent company of Aunt Jemima breakfast foods is recalling more than a dozen pancake, waffle, French toast, and other products over concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pinnacle Foods discovered the presence of Listeria germs in its manufacturing facility during routine testing and chose to recall all potentially affected products as a precautionary measure, regardless of the “best by” date on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recalled products, which include Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, frozen waffles, and frozen French toast slices. Aunt ... 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

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

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

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

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

State Shuts Down Alabama Caterer Following Wedding Reception Salmonella Outbreak

An Alabama caterer has had its food service permit revoked following a November wedding reception in which more than two-thirds of the attendees were sickened with Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria. According to the Alabama Department of Health, Indelible Catering of Moulton, Alabama, and its owner Darvin McDaniel are no longer authorized to prepare food as caterers in the state. Mr. McDaniel’s company effectively went out of business in November when Dr. Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order suspending the caterer’s permit to prepare food until the state’s investigation was completed. Alabama public health officials reported that at ... Read More

Hy-Vee Recalls Candy Trays Over Potentially Contaminated Chocolate Products

The Hy-Vee chain of Midwestern grocery stores is recalling several candy trays it produced under the Hy-Vee brand using chocolate supplied by the Palmer Candy Company, which was recalled earlier in the week due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Hy-Vee recall, announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company Jan. 12, stems from the use of milk powder produced by Valley Milk Products LLC. The potentially contaminated powdered milk was used by Palmer as an ingredient in a compound chocolate coating for its candy products, which it supplied to grocery, convenience store, and wholesalers nationwide for ... Read More