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E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

| July 6, 2016

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 phage type (PT) 34 infection in the UK that may be linked to the consumption of mixed salad, including rocket (also known as rucola) leaves. A total of 109 cases had been identified up to 4th July, with 102 cases in England, 6 […]

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Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour

Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour

| June 2, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (STEC O121) infections that has been linked to flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri. The first cases became ill in late December 2015 and the outbreak has so far affected […]

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CDC publishes annual foodborne disease outbreak report

CDC publishes annual foodborne disease outbreak report

| May 18, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, United States, 2014, Annual Report, providing data on recognised outbreaks caused by foodborne agents in which the first illness occurred in 2014. Overall the report shows that 864 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported during the year, resulting in 13,246 […]

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Listeria outbreak prompts multiple recalls

Listeria outbreak prompts multiple recalls

| May 13, 2016

A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections in the USA that has been linked to frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington, has led to a series of large product recalls by other food manufacturers that have used frozen vegetables supplied by the company in their own products. The outbreak has affected […]

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Listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled frozen vegetables

Listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled frozen vegetables

| May 6, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with state health officials and the FDA to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections that may be associated with frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington. The outbreak has affected at least eight people from three states since 13 […]

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Ongoing listeriosis outbreak reported in Italy

Ongoing listeriosis outbreak reported in Italy

| May 3, 2016

Public health agencies have reported an ongoing outbreak of foodborne Listeria monocytogenes infections in Ancona province in central Italy. The source of the outbreak has not yet been clearly identified. In the first seven weeks of 2016, five Listeria monocytogenes serotype 1/2a strains were isolated from six patients with invasive listeriosis in Ancona province. Genetic […]

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Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

| April 27, 2016

A public health agency in South Australia has warned consumers not to eat raw beansprouts after a significant increase in the number of cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infections recorded in the state. SA Health says that it has been notified of 233 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infection since the start of December 2015, with 108 […]

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New diagnostic tests could hamper tracking of foodborne illness

New diagnostic tests could hamper tracking of foodborne illness

| April 22, 2016

According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest diagnostic tests for foodborne illness identify infections more quickly but could make detecting outbreaks more difficult. So-called culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) help doctors diagnose foodborne infections in a matter of hours because they do not depend on traditional […]

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Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry and cherry blend

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry and cherry blend

| April 19, 2016

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A viral infections that has been linked to a frozen fruit product called Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend sold exclusively through Costco warehouses in five provinces. To date, 13 cases associated with the outbreak have been reported in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland […]

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Multi-country E. coli outbreak under investigation in Europe

Multi-country E. coli outbreak under investigation in Europe

| April 8, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have issued a Rapid Outbreak Assessment for a multi-country outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection associated with haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). To date 25 cases associated with the outbreak have been identified and most of those affected […]

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