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Opinion Nearly 300 people got sick after eating at a McDonalds in Brevard, NC, in what authorities believe is a case of norovirus spread through human contact. This is different from the other recent widespread foodborne illness outbreak at McDonalds, with 400 people – across 15 states – becoming ill after eating the fast food chain’s salads, which were contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite and distributed by supplier Fresh Express.  Around the same time, a…
Longhill Farms is recalling raw, unpasteurized milk in New Zealand because it has been found to be contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria. The product is sold in 1 liter or 2 liter glass bottles or in customer supplied containers. Affected products have batch numbers: D-0608 to D-1508 inclusive and use-by dates of Aug. 10 to Aug. 19, inclusive. It was sold from a vending machine at Longhill Farms in Kawakawa, Northland, and is not exported. There have been…
Opinion Denver, we have a problem. Despite a corporate policy of “zero tolerance” for food safety mistakes, the most infamous burrito chain in the country continues to make its customers sick. Laboratory test results announced this week by public health officials in Delaware County, OH, confirmed what disease detectives had suspected for a couple of weeks. People who became ill after eating food from a Powell, OH, Chipotle restaurant in late July had been infected…
A Seattle-King County Public Health food inspector late Thursday ordered the closure of Burien Fresh Smoothies in conjunction with an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak that has seen two people admitted to hospitals. Burien is a town of about 50,000 immediately west of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in King County, WA. The restaurant is at 15712 1st Avenue South in Burien. Public Health Seattle-King County reports it is investigating the outbreak. As of Friday, the specific source of…
Ireland has launched a food safety and authenticity strategy to proactively identify and mitigate risk in the supply chain. Implementation will focus on seven areas: communications; training; risk assessment; contingency planning; data capture, analysis and utilization; policy design; and harmonization of activities. A project team has been created for each area. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed launched his department’s strategy 2018-2020 to stakeholders in the agri-food sector and regulatory partners…
County health officials in Ohio say although food samples from a Chipotle restaurant, as well as stool samples from people who ate there, initially tested negative for Clostridium perfringens bacteria, follow up tests by the CDC show that’s what made the customers sick. Confirmation test results on the food are pending. A specific food has not been identified as the source of illness, according to state and county health officials. Ongoing tests are underway at…
The number of people with parasitic infections in an ongoing outbreak continues to increase, with 40 more added in the past week. The tally stands at 476 now in the outbreak traced to salad mix distributed by Fresh Express and sold by some McDonald’s restaurants. Since the initial outbreak announcement on July 13, there has been a 680 percent increase in the case count, which started at 61.  Of the 476 patients now confirmed, at…
Laboratory analysis of 50 big-name baby foods showed the presence of at least one heavy metal in all of them, with two-thirds having “worrisome” levels, according to information from Consumer Reports. Researchers also said organic products were as likely to have lead or other heavy metals as non-organic foods.  Every product tested had measurable levels of at least one of the three substances Consumer Reports tested for — cadmium, inorganic arsenic, or lead. Fifteen of…
Food safety is for naught if animal diseases are not kept at bay. The federal Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program is funded through the so-called Farm Bill. And 120 groups representing animal agriculture late this week let Senate conferees know the 2018 Farm Bill does not provide enough money to prevent animal diseases. Differing versions of the 2018 Farm Bill have already passed the House and Senate and conferees working in a conference committee…
Swedish authorities are investigating a national outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 with at least 50 cases. Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency) and Livsmedelsverket (National Food Agency) said it appears to be one of the biggest outbreaks of infections from the potentially deadly pathogen that the country has ever had. Sweden usually records about 30 to 50 domestic cases during July. The bacteria behind the outbreak is Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), which is also known as Shiga…