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Listeria outbreak widens, FDA and cantaloupe farms search for answers

The deadly listeria outbreak that federal inspectors say is linked to Colorado-grown cantaloupe continues to expand, leaving many consumers across the country gripped with fear over the bacteria that can incubate within a person for 2 months before any signs of illness appear. The Associated Press has reported that an elderly woman from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area died during the weekend after being diagnosed with listeria. Although it will take at least a week to test whether the strain of bacteria found in the woman matches the strain found on the recalled cantaloupes, the woman’s family says that she ... Read More

Ground turkey is the likely cause of salmonella outbreak, CDC says

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has caused one death and at least 76 illnesses in the United States is likely linked to eating ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday. Federal officials continue to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella-Heidelberg, which has been reported in 26 states. Ohio and Michigan have the highest concentration of infections so far, with 10 cases each, followed by Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, which accounted for an additional 20 cases. According to the CDC, 49 percent of the ill persons with available information have reported eating ground turkey in recent ... Read More

1 death, 76 illnesses in 26 states linked to ground turkey

One death and 76 illnesses in 26 states have been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella in ground turkey, according to an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Salmonella Heidelberg infections were reported between March 1 and August 1, 2011. Salmonella Heidelberg is a bacterium that can cause infection when contaminated food or drinks are consumed. Those infected with the bacterium generally experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Treatment is dependent on the severity of the symptoms, the age of the patient, and other conditions the patient may have, such as diabetes. Salmonella ... Read More

Charlie Sheen helps Alabama tornado victims with online charity

Actor / warlock Charlie Sheen arrived in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Ala., Monday on what he called a “recon mission,” touring shelters and hard-hit sections of the city and vowing to help out in the recovery. Whether it’s a publicity stunt, a search for redemption in the public eye, or a sincere effort to help those harmed by the fatal storms is beside the point, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox indicated. He is just thankful that Mr. Sheen’s presence is keeping Tuscaloosa in the spotlight, especially now that most of the media’s attention has migrated to Osama bin Laden’s death. “Anytime we can ... Read More

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to 47 Illinois Subway restaurants

Public health officials investigating the outbreak of an uncommon strain of salmonella that swept through Illinois from May to June announced they have linked the bacteria to 47 Subway franchise stores in the state. Illinois Department of Health officials say they have confirmed 97 cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss infection across 28 Illinois counties. Health officials say the salmonella outbreak began on May 11, with the last reported case occurring on June 5. The ages of people with confirmed cases of the unusual bacteria ranged to 2 to 79. No deaths have been confirmed. Salmonella is usually a debilitating sickness that ... 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