Category Archives: foodbourne outbreak

Research – Foods implicated in U.S. outbreaks differ from the types most commonly consumed

Journal of Food Protection

Foodborne disease outbreak investigations identify foods responsible for illnesses. However, it is not known the degree to which foods implicated in outbreaks reflect the distribution of food consumption in the U.S. population or the risk associated with their consumption. To examine this, we compared the distribution of foods in 24 categories implicated in outbreaks to the distribution of foods consumed by the U.S. population. Beef, chicken, eggs, fish, herbs, mollusks, pork, sprouts, seeded vegetables, and turkey were implicated in outbreaks significantly more often than expected based on the frequency of their consumption in the general population, suggesting a higher risk of contamination or mishandling from foods in these categories than in others. In contrast, pasteurized dairy, fruits, grains-beans, oils and sugars, and root/underground vegetables were less frequently implicated in outbreaks than they were consumed in the general population, suggesting a lower risk for these food categories.

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak -Salmonella – Salami

European Food Alerts

RASFF

foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by Salmonella (presence /25g) in salami from Italy in Italy

USA – Hearings set on motions to vacate convictions and sentences of Parnell brothers in deadly Salmonella outbreak

Food Safety News

Brothers Stewart Parnell, 66, and Michael Parnell, 62, have, respectively, another 18 and 11 years to serve in federal prisons for their 2014 jury convictions involving Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

But with so-called “2255” evidentiary hearings now scheduled, on April 20  for Michal and on May 25 for Stewart, the early release of both men is a possible outcome. Their trial was in relation to a deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to their peanut products.

By getting evidentiary hearings on their motions to “Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct” their sentences, the Parnells have secured something many others do not get.

United States Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff has agreed to hear the motions in the same Albany, GA, courthouse where the Parnells were convicted and sentenced.

USA – FDA CORE Response Team Update

FDA

A new Salmonella Miami outbreak has been announced by the FDA in their CORE Table. The only information given is that 48 people are sick.   

Saudi Arabia – 5 cases of food poisoning per day across Kingdom

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Nearly 830 cases of food poisoning were reported across Saudi Arabia between July 1 and December 31 last year, or five exposures a day, according to the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya).

Statistics also showed the total outbreaks of food-borne diseases were 61, of which 34 were from public sources, at a rate of 55.7 per cent, and 27 outbreaks from household sources, at a rate of 44.3 per cent.

The number of infected cases from household outbreaks was 104, or 12.5 per cent, while the number of incidences of food poisoning among Saudis reached 740, compared to 89 among non-Saudis.

USA – Sushi related outbreak stumps health officials; more than 150 sickened

Food Safety News

Public health officials in North Carolina have concluded their investigation of a foodborne illness outbreak linked to sushi, saying they were unable to determine the specific cause behind the illnesses of more than 150 people.

Only a handful of ill people who ate the suspect sushi sold at two Harris Teeter grocery stores agreed to provide samples for pathogen testing, according to the Cabarrus Health Alliance environmental health director. Officials also tested one sample of sushi.

All patient samples and the product specimen were tested for a broad range of pathogens in an attempt to identify the agent responsible for the illnesses. 

USA – Investigations of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

FDA

The following is a list of outbreak investigations being managed by FDA’s CORE Response Teams. The investigations are in a variety of stages, meaning that some outbreaks have limited information, and others may be near completion.

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Jamaica – Dozens of guests at Jamaica resort sickened by likely Salmonella outbreak

NY Post

An apparent salmonella outbreak at a resort in Jamaica has ruined vacations for potentially dozens of holiday travelers — and now some sickened guests are considering legal action, The Post has learned.

“It was a nightmare,” Chantel Ele of Lincoln, Nebraska, told The Post of her experience at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa, which was echoed by other people online. “I don’t know how many people go on an all-inclusive vacation and lose weight.”

Iwaspoisoned.com, a platform that tracks food-borne illnesses, has tallied the number of guests who have allegedly become ill at the resort in December at close to 100, said the site’s founder Patrick Quade, who based the tally on reports to websites like TripAdvisor, Orbitz, Booking.com and the resort’s Facebook page.

“We have never seen an outbreak this size in the past for Jamaica,” he said.

Norway – Yersinia outbreak in Norway linked to salad

Food Safety News

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A Yersinia outbreak in Norway has been solved and declared over just days after it was announced.

Folkehelseinstituttet (the Norwegian Institute of Public Health) said the national outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica O3 was likely caused by a pre-mixed salad product.

Less than a week earlier, the agency had announced an investigation into a recent rise in Yersinia infections.

The outbreak started in mid-November and involved 10 confirmed patients. All of them are women aged 11 to 59 years old who became ill in mid to late November with the last case on Nov. 26. Three people live in Viken, two each in Oslo, Innlandet, and Vestland, and one in Telemark and Vestfold.

USA – New Salmonella Potsdam Outbreak Announced by FDA

Food Poisoning Bulletin

FDA’s CORE Response Teams have published information about food poisoning outbreaks for the last month or so on their CORE Investigation Table. This table lists recent outbreaks caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter, and other pathogens. This table sometimes links to actionable steps for consumers to take, but may not. At this time, there is no information about the potential food source for the new Salmonella Potsdam outbreak.