On April 21, 2016, the CDC announced that they were concluding the investigation into Garden of Life Raw Meal Shakes. The shakes have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Virchow that sickened a total of 33 people across the United States. Six people required hospitalization, and there were no deaths reported. Cases of Salmonella… Read more »
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CVS Pharmacy recently issued a voluntary recall for Gold Emblem Abound brand organic spiced herbal tea. The recall occurred after one of the ingredients in the tea tested for Salmonella bacteria. Herbal tea involved in the recall was packaged in 1.4 ounce cartons, and can be identified by the UPC number “050428541043” and a Best… Read more »
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Chipotle Recall (NoroVirus, E.coli)
Began August 18, 2015
On December 21, 2015, the CDC once again updated the outbreak associated with Chipotle restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. One additional case of illness was reported in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 53 cases. There have been 9 states affected with this outbreak, including California with 3 cases, Illinois with 1 case, Maryland with 1 case, Minnesota with 2 cases, New York with 1 case, Ohio with 3 cases, Oregon with 13 cases, Pennsylvania with 2 cases, and Washington with 27 cases. Twenty people, or about 38% of the cases, needed to be hospitalized because of their illnesses. There have not been any reports of HUS, and no deaths have been reported. The CDC has also reported that the amount of cases reported as a result of the outbreak has dropped dramatically since the peak of the outbreak in October.
Organic Shake Recall
February 2, 2016
On February 2, the CDC announced that they are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Virchow associated with Raw Meal Organic Shake mix. The mix, which is produced by Garden of Life LLC, has sickened 11 people. Only one person has had to be hospitalized. These illnesses are spread across 9 states, including Minnesota with 2 cases, New Jersey with 2 cases, New Mexico with 1 case, Ohio with 1 case, Oklahoma with 1 case, Oregon with 1 case, Tennessee with 1 case, Utah with 1 case, and Wisconsin with 1 case.
Dole Salad Recall
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued an update to the Listeria outbreak associated with prepackaged Dole salads. There are now 11 people sickened by Listeria in Canada. Five provinces have been affected by this outbreak, including Ontario with 7 cases, Newfoundland and Labrador with 1 case, New Brunswick with 1 case, Prince Edward Island with 1 case, and Quebec with 1 case. These cases began between May 2015 and January 2016. All 11 people affected have had to be hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported, although it is unclear if Listeria contributed to the deaths.
Hepatitis A Outbreak
November 2, 2015 & November 13, 2015
On the heels of a confirmed case of Hepatitis A in an employee of McDonald’s, the Seneca County Health Department has announced that more cases of Hepatitis A have been uncovered. There are now a total of 5 cases of Hepatitis A discovered in the last few weeks. Most concerning of the cases is associated with Mark’s Pizzeria at 1963 Kingdom Plaza in Waterloo, New York. People who ate at the restaurant between November 13th and November 28th should attend the clinics provided by the County if they have not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A yet.