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E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Raw Milk Cheese

Raw milk cheese tainted with E. coli bacteria has sickened 10 people in four states, hospitalizing four, federal regulators warn.

The cases have been tied to Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a food safety alert.

Six of the patients remembered which ty...

CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Tied to Cheese, Yogurt

Two people have died and 23 have been hospitalized in a years-long outbreak of listeria illness that's finally been traced to one company's cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products.

That's the message from a U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention alert sent out on Tuesday.

All of the dairy products, ...

Cases of Lead Poisoning Linked to Fruit Puree Pouches Reaches 251

At least 251 cases of lead poisoning linked to tainted fruit puree pouches have now been reported in 34 states, U.S. health officials said.

That's up from 205 cases reported in the last weekly tally, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention noted in its latest update

Blue Ridge Beef Raw Pet Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Blue Ridge Beef, a maker of raw pet foods, has announced it is recalling some of its products for kittens and puppies because of possible contamination with salmonella and listeria.

After being notified earlier this month by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that health officials found salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in certain products, the...

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right for You?

Chances are you know at least one person who's given up eating gluten. Maybe you've even given it up yourself. But who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet?

"Gluten is one of the main proteins found in wheat, barley and rye," said Dr. Joseph Levy, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone, in New York City. "It's actually a group of proteins an...

Over 200 Lead Poisoning Cases Now Linked to Tainted Fruit Puree Pouches

At least 205 cases of lead poisoning linked to contaminated fruit puree pouches have now been reported in the United States, federal health officials report.

That's up from 125 cases in the last weekly tally, with 33 states now reporting poisonings, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said in its

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  • December 21, 2023
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  • Cinnamon Tied to Tainted Applesauce Had Lead Levels 2,000 Times Higher Than Proposed Standards, FDA Says

    Cinnamon samples gathered at a facility in Ecuador linked to tainted applesauce pouches were found to contain levels of toxic lead that were 2,000 times higher than proposed standards, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors.

    Tests conducted at an Ecuadorean facility run by Austrofoods (maker of the recalled applesauce) found that cinnamon supplied to the plant by anothe...

    Cinnamon in Applesauce That Sickened Kids May Have Been Deliberately Tainted With Lead

    Cinnamon used in applesauce pouches that have been tied to high lead levels in kids may have been deliberately tainted with the toxic element, a source at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    "We're still in the midst of our investigation," Jim Jones, the FDA's deputy commissioner for human foods, told Politico. "But so far all of the signals we're getting lead to an inten...

    Holiday Meals Mean Safety First in Your Kitchen

    Knives, vegetable peelers, blenders: There are plenty of ways to injure yourself in the kitchen during the holidays.

    To keep things merry, cheery and safe, experts at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH (MOR) in Chicago say there are simple steps you and those who are helping you cook can take to stay safe.

    They point out that every year 350,000 people are seen in U.S. emergency rooms fo...

    Salmonella Illnesses Tied to Cantaloupes Have Doubled: CDC

    FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2023 (Healthday News) -- A salmonella outbreak tied to tainted cantaloupes keeps expanding, with cases doubling since the last tally, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    "Since the last update [on] November 30, 2023, an additional 113 people infected with this outbreak strain of salmonella have been reported from four additional states, resulting in a total case coun...

    As Salmonella Outbreak Widens, Avoid Cantaloupes if Brand Is Unknown, CDC Warns

    FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Shoppers should steer clear of any pre-cut cantaloupe if the brand is unknown, as a salmonella outbreak linked to the fruit continues to widen, U.S. health officials warned Thursday.

    Eighteen more illnesses have been reported since Nov. 24, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said in an updated

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  • December 1, 2023
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  • After Salmonella Cases Double in a Week, Cantaloupe Recall Expanded

    MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Three more brands of cantaloupe have been recalled by U.S. health officials after salmonella infections linked to the fruit more than doubled in just a week.

    The case count now includes nearly 100 people in 32 states, with Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio having the highest number of illnesses reported. Two people have died in Minn...

    One Death, 10 Hospitalizations in Listeria Outbreak Tied to Peaches, Plums

    Peaches, nectarines and plums tainted with Listeria have caused one death and put 10 people in the hospital with food poisoning across seven states, federal officials say.

    The Listeria outbreak also has caused one premature birth, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. One of the hospitalized patients was pregnant, and she went into early labor as a result of her illnes...

    CDC Tells Docs to Look for Lead Poisoning in Kids, as Fruit Puree Investigation Continues

    TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Doctors need to be on the lookout for lead poisoning in children as the latest tally of kids exposed to the toxin after consuming pouches of cinnamon-flavored apple puree climbed to 22, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

    In a

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  • November 14, 2023
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  • FDA Expands Investigation of Pureed Fruit Pouches

    Amid reports of more illnesses and additional product recalls, U.S. health officials have expanded their investigation into potentially lead-tainted pouches of apple cinnamon pureed fruit.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in an updated alert post...

    FDA Warns WananBana Fruit Puree Pouches May Contain Lead

    Certain pureed fruit pouches from WanaBana may contain dangerous levels of lead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.

    Parents and caregivers should not buy or serve WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children, the agency said in a recent

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  • October 31, 2023
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  • Bagged, Precut Onions Tied to Salmonella Illnesses in 22 States

    Federal regulators are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to packaged, diced onions that has sickened at least 73 people across 22 states.

    Fifteen of the illnesses were so bad that people required hospitalization.

    Gills Onions has already issued a recall for the products, which include diced yellow onions, diced onions and celery, diced mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery) ...

    Many Strains of a Dangerous Foodborne Bacteria Are Now Antibiotic-Resistant

    New research on a leading cause of foodborne illness has linked a large share of Michigan infections to antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains.

    More than 100 strains of Campylobacter jejuni circulating in Michigan are resistant to at least one antibiotic, according to researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. More th...

    Three Deaths Linked to Listeria-Tainted Milkshakes From Restaurant in Washington State

    A strain of listeria bacteria found in milkshakes at a restaurant in Washington state has been linked to six hospitalizations and three deaths.

    The milkshakes were sold at Frugals restaurant in Tacoma, Wash.

    Only the Tacoma site of Frugals, a small fast-food chain in Washington and Montana, appears to have been affected, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

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    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills 3 People in Connecticut, New York

    Public health officials are warning people about the risks of flesh-eating bacterial infections and how to avoid them after the deaths of three older adults on the northeast coast.

    Two of the deaths from vibriosis — an illness caused by the vibrio vulnificus bacteria — occurred in Connecticut residents. Two of the illnesses were connected to wound infections, news agencies report...

    Listeria Cases Spur Recall of 'Soft Serve On the Go' Ice Cream

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recalled a brand of soft-serve ice cream after linking it to listeria cases in Pennsylvania and New York.

    The product, Soft Serve On The Go ice cream cups, was distributed in several states, the

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  • August 11, 2023
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  • Sick Restaurant Workers Fuel Many Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

    Providing sick leave to restaurant workers could help prevent the spread of foodborne illness because ill workers are key drivers of outbreaks at restaurants, a new government report shows.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data on Tuesday covering 800 outbreaks of foodborne illness at restaurants between 2017 and 2019.

    The cases were reported by 25 stat...

    Grilling Plant-Based Burgers This Memorial Day? Safe Cooking Temperatures May Change

    The last thing you want to invite to your Memorial Day cookout is foodborne illness.

    An expert from Virginia Tech offers some suggestions for keeping it at bay, even when cooking something you may have less experience with, such as plant-based or turkey burgers instead of beef patties.

    “If you choose the classic ground beef burger, it should be cooked to an internal temperature ...

    Salmonella Infections in 6 States Linked to Papa Murphy's Raw Cookie Dough

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday that a salmonella outbreak involving 18 people in six states has been linked to Papa Murphy's raw cookie dough

    Two individuals were hospitalized in connection with the infections, the CDC said in its

    General Mills Issues Flour Recall Due to Salmonella Concerns

    General Mills has recalled four varieties of its Gold Medal flour because of concerns over potential contamination with salmonella.

    The recalled flour has “better if used by” dates of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024,

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  • May 1, 2023
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  • USDA Cracks Down on Salmonella in Breaded Stuffed Raw Chicken Products

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to get tougher on Salmonella bacteria found in breaded, stuffed raw chicken products, the agency announced Tuesday.

    About 1.35 million people are infected with Salmonella bacteria each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Almost a quarter of the nation's Salmonella infections are caused by ...

    CDC Investigating Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Flour

    U.S. health officials are investigating a Salmonella Infantis outbreak that is likely linked to raw flour. It's not clear what brand of flour is the culprit.

    Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration have identified 12 illnesses and three hospitalizations occurring across 11 states.

    Repor...

    More Than 400 Snacks, Sandwiches Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

    A variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, snacks and yogurt made by the company Fresh Ideation Food Group have been recalled because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

    All of the products have a “Fresh Creative Cuisine” label or an identifier on the bottom of the label with the Fresh Creative Cuisine name, the Baltimore company said in its

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  • February 7, 2023
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  • 52,000 Pounds of Sausage Products Recalled Due to Listeria Danger

    A variety of ready-to-eat sausage and charcuterie products are being recalled because they may have come into contact with surfaces that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

    The bacteria can cause an invasive infection and is especially dangerous in pregnant women, older adults and those with weakened immune systems.

    Daniele International LLC, based in Rhode Island,...

    After Baby Formula Scandal, FDA Announces New Unit Focused on Food Safety

    Stung by recent food safety scandals -- most notably last year's infant formula shortage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is creating a new unit devoted to food safety.

    The newly dubbed Human Foods Program will wield wide-ranging powers.

    "We're proposing the creation of a unified, newly envisioned organization, called the Human Foods Program, that el...

    FDA's Food Safety Program Needs a Revamp: Panel

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's foods program is in “constant turmoil” and needs stronger leadership, a panel said Thursday.

    The Reagan-Udall Foundation, a group with close ties to the FDA, released a 51-page report Tuesday noting the need for a clear mission in the program ...

    Frozen Stuffed Chicken Products & Microwave Ovens: A Recipe for Salmonella

    After repeat U.S. outbreaks of salmonella tied to frozen, breaded and stuffed chicken products, researchers are now pointing to microwave cooking as a key driver of illness.

    Because they're breaded, the popular products — for example, chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese, chicken cordon bleu, or chicken Kiev — can look cooked. But under that breading the meat is raw, noted researc...

    Keep Food Poisoning at Bay This Holiday Season

    A happy holiday can go sour quickly when food poisoning joins the party.

    Experts from Rutgers New Jersey Poison Control Center offer some tips on safely thawing, preparing and storing food, as well as avoiding issues with alcohol and drugs.

    “Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster,” said Diane...

    13 Illnesses, 1 Death From Listeria in Deli Meat, Cheese

    Public health officials are investigating an outbreak of listeria that has infected people in at least six states, hospitalizing 13, killing one and causing the loss of a pregnancy.

    The outbreak strain is connected to deli meat and cheese, including those sold at NetCost Markets in New York, though that isn't the only source, according to an alert from the

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  • November 10, 2022
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  • Listeria Outbreak Tied to Soft Cheeses Sold at Albertsons, Whole Foods

    U.S. health officials have warned that numerous brands of brie and camembert cheese may contain Listeria, a potentially dangerous bacteria.

    Old Europe Cheese Inc. has

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  • October 3, 2022
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  • More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Wendy's Restaurant Lettuce

    A total of 97 people across six states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 25, 2022, 13 more illnesses have been reported to CDC," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

    84 People Now Sickened in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Wendy's Restaurant Lettuce

    A total of 84 people across four states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 19, 2022, 47 more illnesses have been reported to CDC," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

    Wendy's Pulls Lettuce From Sandwiches Over Possible Link to E. Coli Outbreak

    Amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 37 people in four states, the Wendy's fast food chain has removed romaine lettuce from its sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    "A specific food has not yet been confirmed as the source of this outbreak, but many sick people reported eating san...

    CDC Investigating E. Coli Outbreak in Michigan, Ohio

    U.S. health officials said Wednesday that they are investigating an outbreak of E. coli that has infected 29 people in Michigan and Ohio.

    The outbreak has led to nine hospitalizations but no deaths, and investigators have not yet found a food source responsible for sickening people. They did note that the numbers are likel...

    Florida Company Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Possible Listeria Contamination

    Big Olaf Creamery said Wednesday that it is recalling all flavors and all lots of Big Olaf brand ice cream products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

    While healthy individuals may only suffer short-term symptoms after infection - including high fever, severe headac...

    Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ice Cream

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked a recent Listeria outbreak to ice cream made by Florida-based Big Olaf Creamery.

    One person has died in the outbreak involving 10 states, while 22 have been hospitalized.

    The agency

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  • July 5, 2022
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  • Many Very Ill After Eating Daily Harvest Lentil Crumbles; FDA Investigating

    Fallout is mounting for the food delivery service Daily Harvest, which has voluntarily recalled a frozen food product suspected of sickening hundreds of customers in at least 26 states.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. And an Oklahoma woman has sued...

    CDC Says Mystery Listeria Outbreak Has Killed 1, Hospitalized 22

    At least 23 people in 10 states have been sickened and one of them has died in a listeria outbreak which may have originated in Florida, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    Although the cause of the outbreak remains a mystery, nearly all of the patients either live in Florida or had traveled to the state about a m...

    Tests Find Salmonella in Third of Store-Bought Ground Chicken

    Nearly one-third of ground chicken may contain dangerous salmonella, a new Consumer Reports investigation shows.

    Based on its findings, the group called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates the nation's meat supply, to redouble its efforts to protect consumers from this bacteria, which can cause

    Jif Peanut Butter Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

    Some lots of Jif brand peanut butter are being recalled as health officials investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness tied to the products.

    Fourteen illnesses (including two hospitalizations) tied to the Salmonella Senftenberg strain of the bacteria have occurred in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina,...

    FDA Warns of U.S. Norovirus Cases Linked to Canadian Oysters

    The United States and Canada are investigating a multistate outbreak of norovirus illnesses linked to raw oysters from Canada.

    Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell these potentially contaminated raw oysters, which were harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

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  • April 5, 2022
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  • Packaged Salads Tied to E. Coli Outbreak in 6 States

    Check your packaged salad greens: More than a dozen people have been infected by a strain of E. coli in six U.S. states, health officials report.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert linking the outbreak to Simple Truth Organic Power Greens and Nature's Basket Organic Power Greens. The greens may be contaminated with E. coli and may be making peop...

    Fresh Direct Salad Mixes Tied to Multi-State Listeria Outbreak

    Fresh Express packaged salads have been linked to a listeria infection outbreak in eight U.S. states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    The outbreak has caused 10 illnesses, one hospitalization and one death. It is under investigation by the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies.

    The illnesses started on dates ranging from July ...

    Over 234,000 Pounds of Ham, Pepperoni Recalled Due to Listeria

    Nearly 235,000 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products were recalled by Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung on Sunday due to possible listeria contamination.

    There are no confirmed reports of illness associated with the products that were sold across the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

    The recalled ...

    Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Salami Sticks Rises to 31 Cases in 10 States

    Ten new illnesses in a salmonella outbreak linked to recalled salami sticks bring the total number to 31, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

    Two more states have reported cases, increasing the number of affected states to 10. There have been six hospitalizations, but no deaths, the CDC said in a

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  • November 16, 2021
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