Outbreak alert: Listeria in the United Kingdom, parasites in the United States

Foodborne illness outbreaks — and the resulting food product recalls — have garnered no small amount of attention in the news in recent weeks. Here are two of the bigger ones.

Listeria in frozen vegetables

A major supermarket supplier in the United Kingdom has recalled 43 frozen vegetable products due to the risk of Listeria […]

Australian Salmonella outbreak attributed to alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts have been narrowed down as the source of a Salmonella Havana outbreak in Australia that has sickened more than 20 people.

Of those 20 people, seven in the state of South Australia have been hospitalized. The implicated sprouts have been identified as having come from a farm in Adelaide and have been recalled. […]

Pre-cut melons recalled after Salmonella outbreak sickens 60

While out enjoying the sunshine this season, many in the U.S. are picnicking with popular summer fruits like watermelons and cantaloupes.

However, a voluntary recall of several pre-cut melon products has now been issued after at least 60 people in multiple states were infected with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella Adelaide.

The products implicated, according to […]

Largest recorded Listeria outbreak attributed to ready-to-eat meat

After months of investigation, the likely cause of the world’s largest-ever recorded Listeria outbreak has been narrowed down: ready-to-eat processed meat.

The South African outbreak has been ongoing since early 2017, with nearly 1,000 reported cases of listeriosis — 183 resulting in the deaths of infected persons, 79 of which were just babies.

This week, […]

Ebola outbreak claims lives of many in Guinea

This story has been updated as the outbreak has grown. For updates on this story, please read below.

First identified in 1976, the often-deadly pathogen known as Ebola is causing devastation yet again, this time in Guinea, Africa.

The last recorded numbers show that more than 120 have died from the outbreak, which is believed […]

Officials investigate Cyclospora outbreak

Image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 275 people have been sickened in Cyclospora outbreak that spans several states.

Officials still are trying to pin down the source of the infection, although fresh produce is suspected as it has been linked to previous infections. The majority of the […]

Raw curry leaves linked to U.K. outbreak

A foodborne illness outbreak earlier this year that sickened more than 400 people in northeast England has been linked to raw curry leaves.

The curry leaves were contaminated with multiple foodborne illness-causing strains of bacteria, including E. coli, Shigella and Salmonella. Of the more than 400 cases, 29 people had confirmed cases of Salmonella. Of […]

Source for Hawaii E. coli outbreak unknown

E. coli

Health department officials in Hawaii are trying to track down the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened nine.

Four people – one adult and three kids – have been hospitalized. The three children also developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease that is associated with pathogenic E. […]

CDC reports highlight foodborne illness trends

Pathogens on leafy greens and in dairy products sickened the most people, while pathogens from poultry caused the most deaths between 1998 and 2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report investigated more than 4,500 foodborne illness outbreaks throughout 17 food categories. Of the 17, leafy greens contributed to 2.1 […]

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Plea for hygienic food in trains – Daily News

A plea filed in India’s Delhi High Court seeks to improve food safety regulations at rail stations and on trains.

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