Food Safety

By Amy Hubbell | presented by barfblog.com

Chipotle’s latest food-poisoning outbreak remains an impenetrable mystery

As we track various E. coli and salmonella cases over here at <i>The Takeout</i>, it’s often fascinating how the CDC and other agencies can function as …

Environmental Health

Woman says Goldfish crackers landed her in the hospital: suit

COLUMBUS, Miss. — A Mississippi woman is making a federal case out of a life-threatening bout with salmonella that she blames on Goldfish …

FDA

Chief health officer warns about breaded chicken and salmonella

HL: Frozen nuggets for dinner?<p>SUBHEAD: Assume they’re tainted, public health chief says<p>It’s not an image that whets the appetite but Nova Scotia’s …

Public Health

Is Any Food Safe? Salmonella Shows Up in Surprising Places

Think that food poisoning is only a risk with chicken that’s too pink or deviled eggs left on the picnic table too long? It turns out that …

Environmental Health

Mississippi woman sues Pepperidge Farms over sickness tied to Minnesota ingredient

Associated Milk Producers of New Ulm had recalled whey powder last month.

FDA

Your Chicken’s Salmonella Problem Is Worse Than You Think

<i>This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Americans love chicken, but it doesn’t always love us …

Agriculture

Peru poisoning: Eight die after eating 'contaminated' food at wake

<b>The number of people killed by suspected poisoned food after a wake in the Ayacucho region of southern Peru has risen to 10.</b><p>The health minister said she suspected the food had come into contact with insecticide.<p>Local hospitals said 21 people were in a serious condition.<p>About 50 people attended the …

Environmental Health

Safe internal cooking temperatures

Every year, thousands of Canadians get food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or food-related illness). Since harmful contaminants can't be …

Tea towels 'can cause food poisoning'

<b>Multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests.</b><p>Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month.<p>They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and …

A woman's tongue was inseminated by a squid after eating undercooked seafood

Were you ever told that if you swallowed any apple seeds, a tree would start growing in your stomach? Well, these medical case studies are a bit like that, but 100 times worse.<p>As documented in a 2012 edition of the Journal of Parasitology, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores …

Five dead, nearly 200 sick in E. coli outbreak from lettuce. And investigators are stumped.

By Kristine Phillips<p>, Reporter<p>Five people have died and nearly 200 from about three dozen states have been sickened by E. coli in a growing outbreak that has so far stumped federal investigators.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the tally Friday, more than two months after …

E.coli

Hepatitis A is usually not a problem to recover from. But in Michigan, 27 people died since this outbreak began.

WARREN, Mich.— Michigan is in the throes of the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the USA, a flareup that began in August 2016 and has killed 27 people, state health officials say.<p>The hepatitis A virus, which attacks the liver, is highly contagious. Just ask Christopher Larime ,46, of Grosse Pointe …

Public Health

CDC: 28 more sickened from E. coli in romaine lettuce, total up to 149 in 29 states

The romaine lettuce multi-state E. coli outbreak has now sickened 28 more people in four more states, the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday.<p>That brings the total to 149 victims in 29 states. The bacteria has killed one person, but there have been no additional deaths.<p>The problem stems from …

E.coli

Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned …

Melon listeria kills three in Australia

<b>A third person has died in Australia after eating melon contaminated with listeria bacteria.</b><p>Fifteen elderly people have now been infected in the outbreak, which is being linked to a melon-grower in the state of New South Wales.<p>The first two fatalities were from New South Wales, and the third victim …

Wales

58 sick, 2 dead, possible link to romaine lettuce

Over the past seven weeks, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill and two have died from E. coli O157H7, linked by Canadians to romaine …

Public Health

Inspector general report: FDA food recalls dangerously slow, procedures deeply flawed

The federal recall process for about 80% of the nation's food is so slow it can take up to 10 months to get unsafe products off all store shelves — even when people are getting sick, says a report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general office.<p>Much has …

FDA

Food Recall Warning (Staphylococcus bacteria) - Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Maple Leaf Foods

Product Recalls

Europe's Egg-Contamination Scandal Spreads As Far As Hong Kong

The scope of Europe's contaminated egg scandal is expanding, reaching as far as Hong Kong.<p>Farms in four countries — Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France — have been blocked from selling eggs after detection of the pesticide fipronil, EU trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario told …

New Zealand: thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent wine exported

Ministry of Primary Industries brings landmark case against Southern Boundary Wines under 2003 wine act<p>Thousands of bottles of allegedly fraudulent New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have been exported overseas in what the government believes is the country’s first significant case of wine …

Belgium says it knew about contaminated eggs in June

<b>Belgium has admitted it knew in June that eggs from Dutch farms might be contaminated with an insecticide - a month before the issue became public.</b><p>The information was not shared because of a fraud investigation, a spokeswoman for Belgium's food safety agency said.<p>Tests found the chemical fipronil, …

Eggs

Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says

Stop. Drop the sponge and step away from the microwave.<p>That squishy cleaning apparatus is a microscopic universe, teeming with countless bacteria. Some people may think that microwaving a sponge kills its tiny residents, but they are only partly right. It may nuke the weak ones, but the strongest, …

Cleaning

Iraq displaced hit by food poisoning in camp near Mosul

<b>Hundreds of people have fallen ill from suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul.</b><p>People were said to be vomiting and suffering dehydration after an iftar meal, to break the daily Ramadan fast.<p>The Hasansham U2 camp, between Mosul and Irbil, houses people …

Mosul

Iraq: Food poisoning strikes hundreds at camp for displaced

HASSAN SHAM U2 CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds …

Saudi Arabia

2 Las Vegas hotel guests contract Legionnaires' disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two recent guests at a Las Vegas resort have contracted Legionnaires' disease, officials said Friday.<p>The guests who contracted the lung infection stayed separately in March and April at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the Southern Nevada Health District said.<p>Legionella, the bacteria …

Public Health

'Death cap' wild mushrooms poison 14 in California

Lethal mushrooms picked in the California wilderness poisoned 14 people late last year, with three requiring liver transplants, including an 18-month-old girl.<p>The cases were reported to the California Poison Control System over a two-week period in December, although the Centers for Disease Control …

Public Health

1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce

<b>(CNN) —</b> One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said.<p>The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement Monday …

California botulism outbreak is rare case of deadly disease

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A deadly botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip sold in a California gas station is a rare case of the …

Public Health

Decomposed bat is found inside bag of organic salad from a Florida Walmart

By Avi Selk<p>, Reporter<p>As the Miami Herald would observe, Saturday's notice recalling an untold quantity of organic salad from Walmart stores across the southeastern United States “tiptoes around the batness" of the situation.<p>The very, very disgusting batness of it all.<p>Fresh Express's recall notice …

Florida