Category Archives: Food Illness

RASFF Alert -Foodborne Outbreak caused by Salmonella in goat’s raw milk cheese

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RASFF-foodborne outbreak caused by Salmonella (presence /25g) in goat’s raw milk cheese from France in France

USA – FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Linked to Fresh Express Salad Mix Served at McDonald’s

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The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from McDonald’s restaurants.

Update – August 16, 2018

As of August 16, 2018, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA is currently reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots.

Recommendations

Consumers who have symptoms of cyclosporiasis should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.

Case Counts

Total Illnesses: 476
Hospitalizations: 21
Deaths: 0
Last illness onset: 7/20/2018
States with Cases: CT, FL, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, VA, WI

Note: The Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia case-patients purchased salads while traveling in Illinois; the Florida case-patient purchased a salad while traveling in Kentucky

USA – St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary Picnic link in Perryville Salmonella Outbreak

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Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville says there have been over 30 cases of Salmonella diagnosed since August 6th. Patient ages range from two to 68.  Three cases have required acute hospital admission, two short-term hospital observation and treatment, and one case has been transferred to a Cape Girardeau hospital.  The others so far are recovering with medication and hydration at home.

USA – Cyclospora Outbreak Expands plus Oklahoma Outbreak

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The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections. As of August 9, 2018 (11am EDT), a total of 436 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states. Note, the Connecticut, Tennessee, and Virginia case-patients purchased salads while traveling in Illinois; the Florida case-patient purchased a salad while traveling in Kentucky.

Food Poison Journal

The Tulsa Health Department (THD) in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Acute Disease Service (ADS) are investigating an outbreak of cyclosporiasis among residents of Tulsa and surrounding counties. As of August 1, 24 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported; symptom onsets have occurred from June 24 through July 26, 2018. The epidemiologic investigation suggests this outbreak is likely ongoing with persons currently experiencing illness and new cases being reported. Case ages range from 27 to 67 years (median = 43 years); 67% of cases are females. Nine (38%) cases are of Hispanic ethnicity. Twenty-one (88%) cases are residents of Tulsa County; although the other three cases are residents of Wagoner, Creek, and Rogers counties, case interviews have revealed at least two of these three individuals shopped and dined at establishments in the Tulsa area.

 

USA – Salmonella in Seattle

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Food Safety News reports – Known for its Chirashi bowl, but called The Fremont Bowl for its Seattle location, a small, but popular Japanese restaurant was forced to close Friday by Public Health. Seattle-King County Public Health closed The Fremont Bowl, located at  4258 Fremont Ave N, Ste #4262, Seattle, WA 98103, at 10:45 a.m., Aug. 10, 2018

Public Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis, which caused by Salmonella bacteria. At this time, the source of the illnesses has not been identified.

The agency learned on Aug. 8 of four people from three separate meal parties that have reported illness after eating at Fremont Bowl in Seattle from July 27-29, 2018.

USA – Salmonella Outbreak – Arapahoe County Fair

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A Salmonella outbreak among people who attended the Arapahoe County Fair in Colorado has sickened at least seven people, according to the Tri-County Health Department, Arapahoe County, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Those sickened attended the fair, or 4-H events associated with the fair, from July 21 to July 29, 2018.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Almonds – Groundnuts – Pistachios

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RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 10.1; Tot. = 12.4 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States in Spain

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 2.8; Tot. = 3.4 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China in the UK

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 39.0; Tot. = 44.9 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachio kernels from Turkey in Greece

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 23.6; Tot. = > 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States in Spain