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Archive for the 'Foodborne Illness Outbreaks' Category

Tainted Caramel Apples Kill Four, More Illnesses May be on the Way

Filed December 23rd, 2014 Julie Fidler

Commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples have sickened more than two dozen people since mid-October, including four people who died. Listeria-tainted caramel apples have killed four people and sickened 24 others since mid-October, when the outbreak first began. A fifth person was found to have a strain of listeria related to the apples in their system […]

Foster Farms Brand Chicken Continues to Sicken People

Filed March 4th, 2014 admin

Health officials say an outbreak of Salmonella cause by contaminated chicken produced at Foster Farms may not be over with.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been confident the outbreak was drawing to a close around mid-January. In a January 16 update, the CDC said the number of new cases of […]

Students and Teachers Sickened in Houston After Eating Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice

Filed February 11th, 2014 admin

Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products have been causing “allergic-like” reactions in some consumers, and now the manufacturer is recalling five- and 25-pound bags of the rice sold through wholesale distributors. Mars Foodservices said it received several reports last week that 34 students and teachers at three Houston, Texas, schools suffered “allergic-like symptoms” including burning, itchy […]

U.S. Chicken Brimming with Antibiotic-Resistant “Superbug” Bacteria

Filed December 19th, 2013 admin

Consumer Reports called for stricter limits on the use of antibiotics in livestock Thursday, saying about half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in chicken could make it more difficult to treat people who become ill after eating the chicken, warned the consumer group, […]

CDC Warns People of the Dangers of Eating “Cannibal Sandwiches”

Filed December 9th, 2013 admin

“Cannibal sandwiches” are a favorite food of many in the upper U.S. Midwest, but health officials are urging people to stop eating the raw ground beef sandwiches, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s, and cases last year. More than 50 cases of foodborne illness were reported in 1972, 1978, and 1994 in […]

Stomach Virus Sidelines Dozens at Las Vegas Youth Football Tournament

Filed December 2nd, 2013 admin

Health officials in Las Vegas are investigating whether dozens of players, coaches, and parents who fell ill at a youth football tournament are suffering from Norovirus, a contagious stomach virus. The Southern Nevada Health District is interviewing the sick and taking samples to determine if the flu-like illnesses are due to the Norovirus, which causes […]

California Eatery Recalls Nearly 90 Tons of Potentially Contaminated Ready-to-Eat Food

Filed November 11th, 2013 admin

Glass Onion Catering of Richmond, California, is recalling more than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches due to E. coli contamination. The eatery is recalling about 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham. Twenty-six people in three states have been sickened by the bacteria. The affected products were produced […]

Listeria Named as Reason for Reser’s Fine Foods Recall

Filed October 24th, 2013 admin

Several products manufactured by Reser’s Fine Foods, which is based in Beaverton, Oregon, have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. Inspectors from the Georgia Department of Agriculture will check retail stores and food warehouses to ensure that all of the affected 325 refrigerated ready-to-eat products, including salads, have been pulled from shelves. Reser’s said […]

Owners of Cantaloupe Farm Blamed for Huge Listeria Outbreak Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Filed October 23rd, 2013 admin

A 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes produced at Jensen Farms of Holly, Colorado, killed more than two dozen people, landed 147 people in the hospital and caused one pregnant woman to have a miscarriage. The former owners pled guilty on Tuesday to federal charges. Eric Jensen, 37, and Ryan Jensen, 33, began washing the […]

Nearly 7,000 Pounds of Ready-to-Eat Chicken, Ham Products Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

Filed October 21st, 2013 admin

About 6,694 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products manufactured by Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee have been pulled from store shelves because of possible Listeria contamination. The chicken and ham products in question were produced between October 10 and October 15 and bear the “EST. 17256” or “Est. P-17256” inside the USDA mark of […]

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