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Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

CDC: Taylor Farms produce not linked to infections in Texas

Many consumers must have let out a huge sigh of relief when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had identified lettuce and salad components from a Mexico producer as the source of an outbreak of a diarrhea-causing parasite. However, the FDA said only the food poisonings in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to the Taylor Farms of Mexico facility and it was possible that similar illnesses in other states could have been caused by another source. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the gastrointestinal illnesses affecting at least 258 people in Texas ... Read More

Production halted at farm that distributed tainted salad mix

The Mexico processing plant that sold salad mix contaminated with a parasite that sickened hundreds of people in the United States has voluntarily suspended production to assist federal authorities in their investigation into the outbreak. Taylor Farms de Mexico, the Mexican branch of Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms has halted production and shipping of salad mix, lettuce and other salad mix components until it receives a nod from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The delay could last several weeks or months as investigators test the company’s irrigation system used on the produce. The parasite is known as cyclospora and is spread when people ... Read More

Diarrhea-causing parasite spreads across country, contaminated produce suspected

At least 321 people in 14 states and New York City have become infected with Cyclospora, a parasite that can contaminate produce and cause gastrointestinal symptoms in people who consume it. At least 18 people have been hospitalized since the first cases were reported in mid-June. No deaths have been reported. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have yet to identify the source of the outbreak, although previous outbreaks have been linked to produce. The parasite is typically found in the tropics and not indigenous to the United States, which suggests the culprit could be produce ... Read More

Number of people and states affected by stomach bug parasite increases

Health officers are still not sure of the source of a parasite that has sickened at least 285 people in 11 states. The parasite, known as cyclospora, is a microscopic protozoa that is commonly linked to fresh produce. The prime suspects are fresh raspberries, basil, snow peas and lettuce, though no specific foods have been identified. People infected with cyclosporasis experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss that can last weeks. The illness is easily treated with antibiotics. At least 10 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Cyclosporasis is usually spread through contaminated water. ... Read More

Produce likely the cause of parasitic infections in at least 250 people

Federal health officials have yet to identify the source of a parasite that has sickened at least 250 people and hospitalized at least eight, however some type of produce shipped across state lines is the likely culprit. The parasite, known as cyclospora is a microscopic protozoa that is excreted in human feces. The tiny, one-celled animals may have been in the water supply used to clean produce. People who become infected can have weeks or months of watery diarrhea, which can be cleared up with antibiotics. They may also suffer from other symptoms including fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, ... Read More

Dole recalls bagged lettuce due to listeria concerns

Despite no related illnesses being reported yet, Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a recall for 1,077 bagged lettuces that might contain listeria contamination. The lettuce was sold at Wal-Mart and Kroger stores in six states. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ... Read More

Contaminated celery linked to four deaths in Texas

Health officials in Texas have ordered the closure of a food processing plant where celery contaminated with listeriosis bacteria is believed to have originated. Investigators from the Texas Department of State Health Services say that the celery has sickened at least six people in Texas, four of whom died. Health officials also issued a recall of all the produce that has passed through a SanGar Produce & Processing plant in San Antonio since January after tests revealed six of the ten known listeriosis cases in Texas were identical to samples taken from the plant. The other four cases remain under ... Read More

Agency names the germiest FDA-regulated foods

Despite the efforts of the federal government to keep America’s food supply clean, every year nearly 80 million people in the United States fall ill after eating food contaminated with dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 5,000 Americans inflicted with food poisoning die every year. Although there is no way to completely avoid the bacteria that lead to food borne illnesses, there are some ways to reduce your risk of becoming sick. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has issued a list of 10 ... Read More