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Cucumbers Linked To 27-State Salmonella Outbreak

A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to American-style or “slicer” cucumbers grown in Mexico has sickened hundreds of people in 27 states, federal health authorities said Friday. At least one person has died after becoming infected. Investigators said that the contaminated cucumbers were supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego and grown in Baja, Mexico. The outbreak has not been linked to domestically grown cucumbers. As of Sept. 3, nearly 300 people have been infected and 53 have been hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked the cucumbers. The states with the highest number of infections are Arizona (60 ... Read More

Outbreak Of Legionnaires’ Disease Hits Illinois Veterans’ Home; Seven Dead

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed seven people and sickened 41 others at a home for veterans in Quincy, Ill., Veterans’ Affairs officials announced said on Wednesday. Illinois State health officials have asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for assistance in finding the source of the outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home – a facility that houses about 400 residents on a 200-acre campus with 40 buildings, some of which were built in the 1800s. Meanwhile, outside the group home in the City of Quincy one additional person has died of Legionnaires’ disease and six ... Read More

Legionnaires’ disease Outbreak Sickens 81, Kills 7 in Bronx

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City has killed seven people, up from two fatalities reported last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said Monday night. The Mayor’s Office said that all of the victims were older adults with pre-existing medical conditions and that the infections were clustered in the South Bronx. City officials pinpointed the outbreak’s source to a series of cooling towers. Legionnaires’ disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, can thrive in plumbing and other damp environments, such as heating and cooling systems. The latest reports from New York City health officials say the outbreak has sickened ... Read More

Major cyclospora outbreak hits Texas for third year in a row

Texas health officials are trying to determine the source of a Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people this summer, the third consecutive year that the number of reported cases has reached the 200 mark. Cyclosporiasis is an illness caused by eating or drinking something contaminated with human feces containing the intestinal parasite. Cyclospora infections aren’t normally spread from one person directly to another because the parasite needs several days or even weeks to become infectious once passed in a bowel movement. In the U.S., outbreaks in recent years have been traced to raspberries, cilantro, and other leafy ... Read More

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to cuddling, kissing live poultry

Federal health authorities investigating four massive outbreaks of human Salmonella infection in the U.S. have linked most of the illnesses to folks becoming a little too intimate with their live chickens and ducks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressed its recent warning to owners of backyard flocks – those who raise chicken, ducks, and other poultry for food or as pets – to inform them that kissing and cuddling their chickens and ducks puts them at risk of contracting Salmonellosis. The Salmonella outbreaks have sickened at least 181 in 40 states. The CDC interviewed 96 of ... Read More

College student sues meat packing plant after E. Coli poisoning

Kalamazoo college student Rachel Tamminga is suing a meat packing plant after hamburgers she consumed at two local restaurants landed her in the hospital for six days. The meat was linked to a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef processed by Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit due to E. Coli contamination. The affected ground beef was sold to restaurants in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The recall was later extended to the rest of the U.S. after it was determined that the meat was shipped to distributors who may have sold it to individuals. At ... Read More

Listeria testing triggers nationwide recall of walnuts and hummus

Just days after Walmart settled 23 civil claims with families of victims harmed by a deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe, two more U.S. food manufacturers have issued recalls after finding listeria in their products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that one recall involves walnuts from St. Louis, Missouri-based Sherman Produce Company. The company said it is recalling 241 cases of bulk walnuts after routine sampling detected the bacteria. The other recall involves Lansal Inc., a Massachusetts processed foods manufacturer that is commonly known as “Hot Mama’s Foods.” The company said it is voluntarily recalling hummus and ... Read More

Jensen Farms cantaloupe victims reach settlement with Walmart

Walmart agreed this week to settle nearly two dozen lawsuits filed by families of victims who died in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and was traced by federal health officials to cantaloupe grown by Colorado-based Jensen Farms. The terms of the settlement remain confidential, but it resolves all 23 claims against Walmart, which sold the tainted cantaloupe in several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. The plaintiffs have reached settlements with a few other smaller retailers, but the lawsuits will proceed against Kroger grocery chain, food safety auditor The Primus Group, and Frontera Produce, ... Read More

$100 million settlement for fungal meningitis victims expected soon

Victims of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid shots could receive a share of a $100 million multidistrict litigation settlement if trustees with the now-bankrupt New England Compounding Center (NECC) and other parties complete a proposed deal. A bankruptcy attorney for the compounding pharmacy responsible for manufacturing and distributing the tainted steroid shots said he has been working with a committee representing victims of the outbreak since the settlements-in-principle were announced in December. He told a Massachusetts federal judge that a completed deal was expected soon. The agreement calls for a victims fund that would first have ... Read More

Salmonella poisonings from Foster Farms chicken still infecting consumers

An outbreak of infections from antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to chicken processed by Foster Farms continues to sicken people in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had declared the outbreak over on Jan. 16, with 430 reports of illness across 23 states and Puerto Rico. However, since then, 51 more cases were reported and two more states were added to the list. Seven different strains of salmonella Heidelberg have been tied to Foster Farms facilities in California through epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations on the local, state and federal level. According to the ... Read More