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The CDC and FDA have found the link to one of the mystery Ecoli outbreaks – cake mix! Here’s what we know about this Cake Mix Ecoli Outbreak: Cake Mix Ecoli Outbreak As of July 27, 2021, 16 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 have been reported from 12 states (see map). Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 26, 2021 to June 21, 2021 (see timeline). Sick people range in…
The Harris County Fire Marshalls of Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, Texas, have announced that around 80 people are undergoing medical decontamination after an unknown chemical spilled in a pool area at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. Initial reports mentioned 60 people were affected but have continued to grow in number during the investigation. Here is what we know about this Hurricane Harbor Splashtown Chemical Spill. About the Hurricane Harbor Splashtown Chemical Spill According to the…
What was a mystery Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak just days ago appears to have a link. Health officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working with local health departments, along with the CDC and FDA, to investigate a multi-state outbreak of salmonella typhimurium. Officials say it is linked to BrightFarms brand Sunny Crunch salad that was produced in Rochelle, Illinois. Here is what we know about this BrightFarms Sunny Crunch Salmonella Outbreak:…
After what seemed like a quiet year (mainly due to Covid taking center stage) food safety issues are on the rise. And while having a pandemic finally be on the decline is a great thing; having an increase in food safety problems isn’t necessarily good. Now, more than ever, we need to be vigilant in taking care of ourselves by watching what we eat and prepare. Did you know there is a Tyson Chicken Listeria…
Ecoli O121 is back in the news with a mystery source. Here’s what we know about this E coli O121 Outbreak: 15 people are sick from an unknown number of states. We do know that more than one state is involved, due to the CDC’s investigation and reporting. Otherwise, the CDC and FDA are continuing their search for a source and hopefully, traceback to a manufacturer or grower. In the meantime, they offer the following…
Salmonella Typhimurium is back in the news with a mystery source. Here’s what we know about this Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak: 8 people are sick from an unknown number of states. We do know that more than one state is involved, due to the CDC’s investigation and reporting. Otherwise, the CDC and FDA are continuing their search for a source and hopefully, traceback to a manufacturer or grower. In the meantime, they offer the following advice:…
The CDC has announced yet another outbreak of Cyclospora illnesses, but the source is still a mystery. Currently, the agency is working with the FDA to identify any potential source or traceback to a manufacturer or grower. Here is what we know about this 2021 Cyclospora Outbreak: Fast Facts: Illnesses: 208 Hospitalizations: 21 Deaths: 0 States reporting cases: 22 Cyclosporiasis illnesses are reported year-round in the United States; however, during the spring and summer months…
There is a public health alert for a Salmonella Hadar outbreak linked to Raw Ground Turkey. As a result, a total of 33 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Hadar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), currently, 4 people have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported. Important Facts to know: Thirty-three people infected with the outbreak Salmonella Hadar have been reported from fourteen states Age ranges…
Sounds like a rock concert, right? Wrong. Heavy Metal Baby Food is no form of entertainment. It is a real issue in the United States. A report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform confirmed the troubling news that several of the leading baby-food brands in the nation are tainted with dangerous levels of heavy metals. Heavy Metal Baby Food The house committee found that baby-food manufacturers such as HappyBaby, Beechnut, Gerber, Earth’s Best…
One more case has been added to the ongoing Legionnaires’ outbreak at historic Rosemont Court senior living community. Officials have been working since January to resolve the issue. However, despite continued effort by the building’s sponsors along with public health officials, the source of the bacteria remains unidentified. Legionella bacteria are found naturally in freshwater sources, which can make it difficult to locate the origin of an outbreak. Additionally, many people might inhale the bacteria…