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… Read more »
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Latest Food Borne Illness News
The Estill County Health Department has announced that they are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 41. Nineteen of those cases have been confirmed in a laboratory. This outbreak has resulted in 6 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. The County Health Department is working with state health officials to determine the source… 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.
Ground Beef Recall
November 1, 2015
On November 1, 2015, All American Meats, Inc. issued a recall for about 167,427 pounds of ground beef products after concerns arose that it may be contaminated with E. coli. The Omaha, Nebraska company produced the recalled products on October 16, 2015. Recalled meats can be identified with the number “EST. 20420” inside the USDA sticker. The meat tested positive for E. coli contamination on October 30, 2015.
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.