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50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers

A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Chipotle Outbreaks Caused By GMO-Biotech Terrorists, Natural Food Activists Claim

Despite extensive testing of ingredients, surfaces, and procedures, neither Chipotle Mexican Grill nor federal and state health authorities have been able to figure out precisely why so many outbreaks of foodborne illness have suddenly stemmed from the fast-food burrito chain since the summer. The outbreaks hammering Chipotle, which prides itself on its non-factory farmed food and anti-GMO stance, have sickened at least 500 people in multiple states. They have been linked to a number of pathogens: E. coli O157:H7, E. coli STEC 026, Salmonella, norovirus, and possibly even hepatitis A. It’s always a challenge to pinpoint the exact source of an ... Read More

Chipotle Sued By Seattle Man Sickened In Undisclosed E. Coli Outbreak

A Seattle man has filed a lawsuit against Chipotle restaurants alleging he was sickened with E. coli and hospitalized in July during an undisclosed outbreak linked to the Mexican food chain, months before dozens of Northwestern Chipotle locations suspended operations as more customers fell ill. According to the Seattle Times, 27-year-old Timothy Kniffin filed a complaint against Chipotle in a federal court in Washington last month. Mr. Kniffin claims he started feeling ill on July 25 after eating a meal of pork carnitas, white rice, salsa, peppers, guacamole, and chips at a Seattle Chipotle restaurant. He was admitted to the ... Read More

Blue Bell Says Tests Show No Listeria In Factories, Products

Blue Bell Creameries said that tests it has been running on its products and in its three manufacturing facilities have shown no signs of Listeria contamination – an indication that overhauling and sanitizing its production processes have been effective in preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness. Still, it’s bound to be a bittersweet New Year for the Texas-based ice cream maker, which had to recall all of its products and shut down its production last year after a deadly outbreak of listeriosis was traced to its ice cream. The outbreak sickened at least 10 people in four states and was blamed ... Read More

CDC Investigates Third Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreak in December

Federal health officials are investigating a suspected outbreak of norovirus aboard Holland America’s Veendam cruise ship that sickened several passengers and crew members during a Christmas week cruise to Mexico. If confirmed, the outbreak would be the third norovirus outbreak that officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have investigated on cruise ships in December. The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, which was set up to assist the cruise ship industry with the prevention and control of norovirus and other gastrointestinal illnesses, reported that the Veendam outbreak sickened 57 passengers and 10 crew members, more than 3 percent ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens 200 At Catered Event In Seattle

Health authorities shut down all food vendors in a downtown Seattle, Wash., high-rise after an outbreak of the norovirus sickened about 200 people who attended a catered event inside the building Dec. 1. According to the Seattle Times, 150 of 600 people who attended a “farewell party” at the Russell Investments Center for a corporate tenant relocating reported becoming sick with the symptoms of norovirus illness – a notoriously durable and highly contagious germ often dubbed as the “cruise ship virus” for its history of spreading quickly onboard the vacation-going vessels. Another 50 attendees reported their illness directly to the ... Read More

671 Sickened, 3 Dead from 34-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers

An Salmonella outbreak of illnesses linked to Mexican-grown cucumbers has expanded to 34 states, prompting federal officials to step up multistate recall efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a number of state and local health officials continue to investigate the outbreak of illnesses caused by a strain of Salmonella Poona, which has infected nearly 700 people in 34 states. The FDA announced Wednesday that 113 people have been hospitalized with salmonellosis and three people have died after eating contaminated cucumbers grown in Baja, Mexico, and supplied by Andrew ... Read More

Whistleblower exposed Peanut Corporation of America responsibility in Salmonella outbreak

The recent sentencing of three Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives for their roles in causing a deadly nationwide Salmonella outbreak has been widely publicized. But one aspect of that story that has gone relatively unreported is the role of a whistleblower who helped lead federal investigators to the source of the outbreak. Kenneth Kendrick, a former assistant plant manager of PCA’s peanut processing plant in Plainview, Texas, quit his position with the company in 2006 after just a few months because he “ knew it was a train wreck and something unethical and bad was about to happen.” Mr. ... Read More

More Frozen Chicken Products Connected To July Salmonella Outbreak

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to frozen chicken entrees that sparked a July 15 recall is not over yet, federal safety regulators warned Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has found a strain of Salmonella Enteritidis in frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken entrees made by Aspen Foods that matches the strain responsible for the original outbreak. Following the July recall, FSIS has stepped up its testing of the Aspen Foods facility believed to be the source of the contaminated chicken products. The feds wanted to be sure that Aspen Foods, which is a ... Read More

Chipotle Faces Lawsuit Over Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak

A Minneapolis woman who was hospitalized twice with complications from a severe Salmonella infection after she ate at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is suing the restaurant chain for damages stemming from her personal injuries. KMSP reports that April Beck, a resident of Minneapolis, was taken to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and diarrhea Aug. 23 after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. She was admitted and treated with IV fluids for severe dehydration for more than a week before being released. Ms. Beck was readmitted to the hospital again with blood clots in both of her arms ... Read More