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December 22, 2020 8:30 PM
“The CDC and state and local partners investigated a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to leafy greens. As of December 22, 2020, this outbreak is over. 40 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were reported from 19 states. 20 people were hospitalized, and 4 develo... ped hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths were reported.
Epidemiologic and traceback evidence showed that leafy greens were the likely source of this outbreak. Investigators were unable to identify a specific type or brand of leafy greens because people in this outbreak reported eating a variety of leafy greens and because different leafy greens are often grown, harvested, and processed together.
People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) 2 to 8 days (average of 3 to 4 days) after swallowing the germ. Symptoms often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C).
To read the CDC Announcement: cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
December 16, 2020 2:34 PM
“Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and Harris Teeter officials are investigating multiple reports of illness linked to AFC sushi purchased and eaten from Harris Teeter stores at 358 George W. Liles Pkwy NW and at 1245 Concord Parkway North, both in Concord, NC. According to the last update, a total of 1... 59 people have been reported sick, with symptoms ranging from vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, to abdominal cramps. Ill people reported they ate sushi from the AFC Sushi kiosk before they became ill.
CHA advises those who are sick to stay hydrated and seek medical attention if symptoms do not improve within 24 hours. If medical attention is required, CHA advises requesting a stool sample to help identify the pathogen. “We are encouraging anyone who purchased sushi from the George w. Liles or the Concord Parkway Harris Teeter between November 13 and November 19, to throw away any purchased items or leftovers,” said Chrystal Swinger, CHA Environmental Health Director.
If you ate sushi from these Harris Teeter locations between November 13 and November 19 and developed vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, and abdominal cramps, report it now.
Source: Cabarrus Health Alliance ”
November 3, 2020 7:31 PM
“The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA. Wood ear mushrooms are a dried mushroom, also commonly labelled or referred to as Ki... kurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err.
As of November 4, 2020, the CDC declared that this outbreak is over. Wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. were only sold to restaurants and were not available directly to consumers.
A total of 55 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Stanley was reported from 11 states. 6 people required hospitalization and no death has been reported.
Check the full outbreak notice on the CDC website fda.gov
Source: CDC ”
October 25, 2020 11:54 PM
“The CDC, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and state and local partners, is investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli meats.
As of October 22, 2020, a total of 10 people infected with the o... utbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from Florida, Massachusetts, and New York. All 10 ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida. In interviews with 9 ill people, all reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.
A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified. Listeria bacteria can spread easily to other foods and surfaces. The bacteria in a contaminated deli product may spread to other deli meats and cheeses in shared display cases or equipment at deli counters. A traceback investigation is ongoing to determine if there is a specific type of deli meat or a common supplier linked to illness.
More information -
To read the CDC Announcement: cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
September 24, 2020 10:14 PM
“The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections likely linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA. Wood ear mushrooms are a dried mushroom, also commonly labelled... or referred to as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err.
As of September 24, 2020, a total of 41 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Stanley have been reported from 10 states. In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. According to the CDC, of 18 people with information, 16 (89%) reported eating ramen at a restaurant in the week before their illness started. Four illness clusters were identified at restaurants serving ramen in three states. Eight (89%) of the nine ill people linked to restaurant clusters reported eating wood ear mushrooms or ramen containing wood ear mushrooms in the week before their illness started.
Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. acted quickly upon being notified of the positive test result and recalled all wood ear mushrooms within shelf life on September 23, 2020. This product was labeled as Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage) with UPC Code 00074410604305, imported from China. Product was distributed in six packs of five-pound bags to restaurants in AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, and Canada.
More information -
To read the recall report: https://iwaspoisoned.com/incident/shirakiku-dried-fungus-also-known-a-black-fungus-or-kikurage-recalled-due-to-potential-salmonella-contamination-391815
To read the FDA Announcement: fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
August 19, 2020 11:37 PM
“Do not eat, sell, or serve Wawona-brand bagged peaches sold at ALDI stores in multiple states
The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis infections. State officials from the Minnesota Department of Health reported that ma... ny of the people sick with the same strain of Salmonella Enteritidis, confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), had purchased Wawona-brand bagged peaches from ALDI prior to becoming ill.
In response to FDA investigators, ALDI reported to FDA that potentially affected bagged peaches were shipped to CT, IA, IL, KY, MA, MI, MN, ND, NH, NY, OH, RI, SD, VT, WI, and WV. ALDI also reported to FDA that the sole supplier of the bagged peaches to stores reported by cases during the timeframe of interest was Wawona Packing Company, LLC. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing to identify the source of this outbreak and to determine if potentially contaminated product has been shipped to additional retailers.
For more information click here: fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
July 21, 2020 11:40 PM
“UPDATE - September 1st, 2020
CDC reports that a total of 1,012 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 47 states to date.
August 18th, 2020
According to the CDC, as of August 18, 2020, a total of 869 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salm... onella Newport have been reported from 47 states.
August 6th, 2020
Since the last case update, an additional 244 ill people have been reported in this outbreak, including 15 from 10 new states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, West Virginia. The total now is 640 people infected from 43 states. 85 people have required hospitalization and no deaths haven reported to date.
August 3rd, 2020
The CDC announced that the traceback information collected from the illness clusters identified Thomson International, Inc., of Bakersfield, Calif., as a likely source of red onions. Due to the way onions are grown and harvested, other onion types, such as white, yellow, or sweet yellow, may also be contaminated. Additional traceback is ongoing to determine if other onions are linked to the outbreak.
July 31th, 2020
Since the last update, the number of sick persons an additional 184 ill people have been reported in this outbreak, including 37 from 11 new states: Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas. A total of 396 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 34 states and 59 have required hospitalization. No deaths have been reported.
July 24th, 2020
According to the last update by the CDC, an additional 87 ill people have been reported in this outbreak, including 38 from 8 new states (AZ, FL, ID, ME, ND, NE, SD, and VA) raising the total count to 212 people reported sick from 23 states. 31 people have required hospitalization and no deaths have been reported to date.
July 21st, 2020
The CDC announced that they are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections where 125 people have been reported sick from 15 states (CA, IL, IA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, OH, OR, TN, UT, WA, WI, WY). 24 people of the total have required hospitalization but no deaths have been reported to date.
Early investigations show that the people reported sick in this outbreak are more likely to share a common source of infection but no specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has been identified as the source of infections.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria and the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and many recovers without treatment.
Check the CDC website for the full investigation details cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
June 22, 2020 11:31 PM
“UPDATE - August 14th, 2020
Since the last case count update, 49 new laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections have been reported. A total of 690 people with laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections associated with this outbreak have been reported from 13 states. 37 people have been hospitalize... d and no deaths have been reported.
July 24th, 2020
CDC last update states that a total of 641 people with laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections associated with this outbreak have been reported from 11 states (Georgia, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota reported new cases) 37 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date.
July 09th, 2020
According to the last update by the CDC, a total of 509 people with laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections associated with this outbreak have been reported from 8 states (six cases have been reported in North Dakota) 33 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date.
June 24th, 2020
CDC announced that since the last update, a total of 46 additional people have laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections. The total of reported people for this outbreak increased to 122 from seven states (nine new cases from Wisconsin).
June 23, 2020
The CDC and the FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to bagged salad mix products at ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco stores. To date, 76 persons have been reported sick on six states (IA, IL, KS, MO, MN, NE) where 16 people have required hospitalization and no deaths have been reported.
CDC is advising consumers not to eat salads or products containing any of the following products:
- ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad. Sold in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Minnesota
- Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad. Sold in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska
- Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Garden Salad. Sold in Illinois
Check the full recall details on the CDC website cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
April 14, 2020 8:00 AM
“The FDA has shared best practice guidelines for restaurants, delivery services, grocery stores, and other retail food businesses to keep their employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FDA guidelines address 4 specific areas:
1) *Monitor Employee Health* - Management must i... nstruct employees to speak up about possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure and implement workplace controls to screen and reduce possible transmission. Workplace controls can include: Pre-screening employees for high temperatures, increase disinfecting and cleaning of workspaces and equipment, wearing face mask and gloves, and practicing social distancing of at least 6 ft when possible.
2) *Emphasize Personal Hygiene for Employees* - When working, employees must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Employees should also avoid touching exposed food or surfaces with their bare hands and need to always wear gloves.
3) *Follow and enhance Food Safety Protocols* - Food establishments must follow established food safety protocols and increase safety measures to help customers maintain good infection protocols including encouraging spacing in lines, discontinuing salad bars and buffets, and discouraging bringing pets into stores.
4) *Manage Food Pick-Up and Delivery* - For food, pick-up establishments need to create protocols to allow customers to maintain social distancing and maintain food safety standards. For delivery, no-contact delivery should be enacted to maintain proper social distancing.
This is not a comprehensive list and is only best practice guidelines from the FDA. If you spot issues or violations, please report at https://safelyhq.com/tag/coronavirus-covid-19
To review the in-depth guidance from the FDA please go here: fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
February 26, 2020 11:54 PM
“UPDATE - March 20, 2020
CDC announced that since the last update, a total of 25 additional people have reported infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 from two states. The total of reported people for this outbreak rose to 39 from six states (one new case from Florida).
February 26,... 2020
CDC announced they are currently investigating an E. coli O103 outbreak linked to clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants. To date, 14 people have been reported sick with E. coli O103 from five states (IL, IA, MO, TX, UT). None of these persons have required hospitalization and no deaths have been reported.
CDC advises consumers that may have a leftover meal with clover sprouts from a Jimmy John’s restaurant, to throw it away and don't eat it. According to the outbreak notice, Jimmy John’s stopped serving clover sprouts on Feb 24th, 2020 on all of their locations.
Check the full outbreak notice on the CDC website cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
Recent Interesting Reports
December 26, 2020 4:42 PM
“Breakfast sandwich bacon and egg on a maple bagel Myself and my grandaughter both had a breakfast sandwich on a maple bagel . Mine was bacon and egg , hers was sausage and egg .I was very sick after approx an hours , vomiting , diarrhea, felt like passing out , very hot then chills, back stomach pa... in lingering after 2 days . My grandaughter was not sick . I’m thinking the bacon ? I don’t know ”
January 8, 2021 10:00 AM
“3 hours after eating chocolate peanut butter cup protein Larabar I was violently ill. One week previous had mild symptoms after eating first bar from box. Didn’t realize at the time it was the bar. One week later had the second bar. 3 hrs after had onset within 10 min of N/V and simultaneous watery... diarrhea, severe drenching sweats. Lasted one hour. 1/5/21 ”
January 9, 2021 3:18 PM
“We had ate at there. Cobb salad and chicken sandwich with waffle fries and Hi C drink. Ate my food and about an hour to and hour and a half later my stomach began to feel bloated, tight and hurt. Gassy. Took some stomache meds (gasx) . My son was also complaining of bloatedness and being gassy. Me a... nd my son both ate there ”
December 29, 2020 2:21 AM
“My boyfriend and I had the crab Alfredo. Within 3 hours, we both were stomach pain, nausea and had diarrhea. I also have a severe headache. ”
January 3, 2021 11:58 PM
“I ate at 1pm and by 11pm I was having stomach cramps, vomit and diarrhea! This was all I had eaten since 1pm ”
December 24, 2020 9:29 AM
“We got chicken wings( sweet and spicy sauce), chicken tender, and chicken salad around 2pm on Decembet 23. 15yrs old, who ate wings, has been though up more than 5times and diarrhea all night. 13 yrs old, ate chicken tenders, has minor issues- vomiting and diarrhea. I ate some of their food, through... up 3 times , diarrhea, and nausea. I am asking any other people got sick from there? ”
December 23, 2020 10:08 PM
“Not sure Just one person. It started 30 minutes after eating. ”
December 31, 2020 2:00 PM
“Company name: Divvies, LLC
Brand name: Divvies
Product recalled: Vanilla Cupcakes
Reason of the recall: Undeclared milk and eggs
FDA Recall date: December 31, 2020
Recall details: Divvies of Trumbull, CT is recalling Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting and Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Fro... sting because they may contain undeclared milk and eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and online websites. This distribution was limited to 472 cases in total.
The product comes in a 6-ounce, clear plastic clamshell labelled with the Divvies brand and marked with a lot # VV303-1, VV304-1, or VC309-1 on the side of the container. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that an ingredient containing milk and eggs had gotten into the ingredient mix which is used specifically for the vanilla cupcakes. This happened when the mix was packaged by the ingredient supplier. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown of a piece of equipment on the supplier’s packaging line. The problem has been corrected.
Consumers who have purchased the 6oz package of Divvies Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting or Divvies Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting with Lot #’s VV303-1, VV304-1, or VC309-1 are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 203-989-3173.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
December 27, 2020 3:59 PM
“I am very sick with vomiting and diarrhea since late last nite after having Chicken rollers, fries and a drink about 130p on Saturday December 26 2020. The smell in the air smelled like sewer but I thought it was the grease truck servicing them at that time. I know better next time. :( ”