Category Archives: food death

Canada – Canada’s Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Has Now Affected At Least 110 People – One Dead


The Public Health Agency of Canada revealed on Tuesday afternoon that their Salmonella outbreak investigation has now uncovered an additional 14 cases of the disease in Canada, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 110. According to a statement from the Health Agency, Salmonella has been found across multiple provinces and territories, and the cases are part of an ‘ongoing’ outbreak in the country.

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One person has died after year-long Salmonella outbreak in Canada

USA – Vibrio Death Not Caused by NC Shellfish

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No North Carolina shellfish products were involved in the death of a state resident who consumed oysters contaminated by Vibrio vulnificus in the Wilmington area.

Jenkins explained that some early media reports about the Vibrio-related death lead to speculation about North Carolina oysters being the source of contamination because the shellfish product was consumed in the Wilmington area, but his agency along with the involved county health departments and the state Department of Health and Human Services learned that the oysters were not from North Carolina waters.

“The main clarification we tried to get out was that it was not North Carolina oysters that were served at the restaurant,” he said. “The implicated shellfish were from several other states in this case.”

USA – Norovirus most common foodborne pathogen in 2017

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late last week released a summary of foodborne illnesses in 2017 based on an annual analysis of data from the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System, and Norovirus was the most common pathogen reported, responsible for 46% of illnesses. Salmonella and Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli were also linked to a substantial number of outbreaks.  

In 2017, the CDC tracked 841 foodborne outbreaks, which included 14,481 illnesses, 827 hospitalizations, 20 deaths, and 14 food product recalls. A single etiologic agent was confirmed in 395 outbreaks (47%), which are defined as two or more related cases.

USA -N.C. man dies from eating contaminated oysters – Vibrio vulnificus

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A Cary man is dead after eating oysters in the Wilmington area, according to recent reports.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is investigating after David Argay contracted vibriosis and died at the Raleigh-based WakeMed hospital Thursday.

The NCDHHS and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) confirmed that the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus caused Argay’s death. Vibrio is one of several bacteria species known to cause illness in humans.

“We do know that that the oysters were not a North Carolina product,” said Tricia Smith, a spokesperson for the DMF.

Spain -Owners of food company responsible for Spain’s worst ever listeriosis outbreak arrested for manslaughter


The owners of the food company responsible for the worst-ever listeriosis outbreak in Spain were arrested on Wednesday for manslaughter. Since August, the outbreak has killed three people, caused seven miscarriages, and infected more than 200 people. The source of the bacterial infection was traced to a Seville-based company called Magrudis, which sold a contaminated pork loin product called carne mechada under the brand name La Mechá. Three more products produced by the company also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The owners of Magrudis, José Antonio Marín Pince and his two children Sandro and Mario, have been accused, to different degrees, of involuntary manslaughter, crimes against health and causing injury to a fetus.

USA – Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses Final Update


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At A Glance

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  • As of September 26, 2019, this investigation is over.
  • 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria were reported from 4 states.
    • All 10 were hospitalized, and 1 death was reported from Michigan.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that various meats and cheeses sliced at deli counters might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and made people sick.
  • In interviews, ill people reported eating different types and brands of meats and cheeses purchased from and sliced at deli counters in different retail locations.
  • The outbreak strain was identified in samples taken from meat sliced at a deli and from deli counters in multiple stores.
  • The investigation did not identify a single, common supplier of deli products.
  • This outbreak is a reminder that deli products, such as sliced meats and cheeses, can have Listeria bacteria. People who are at higher risk for Listeria infection should avoid eating hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts, or other deli meats, unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving.

Spain – Listeria meat firm knew its products were infected, months before outbreak

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THE Seville-based company Magrudis knew that its products were contaminated months before it caused the largest outbreak ever recorded in the country.

According to sources from Seville City Council and the Ministry of Health, the Laboratorios Microal sounded the alarm on February 18 after samples of the shredded meat product were sent to them for evaluation.

A statement released by the manager of the quality control and research at Microal, Mariano Barroso, of the two samples that were submitted, one came back as positive.

The listeria outbreak that swept Spain is the worst in recorded history, taking hold on August 15 and claiming the lives of three elderly victims and leaving over 200