07/23,2012
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FDA Warns Consumers Against Eating Shellfish from Oyster Bay Harbor
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/fda-warns-consumers-against-eating-shellfish-from-oyster-bay-harbor/
By Linda Larsen (JULY 22, 2012)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not eat raw or partially cooked oysters and clams with tags listing Oyster Bay Harbor in Nassau County, New York as the harvest area. Eight people in several states have been sickened with Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning after consuming those foods.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) closed Oyster Bay Harbor to shellfish harvesting on July 13, 2012. The FDA told shellfish harvesters, shippers, re-shippers, processors, restaurants, and retail food establishments to dispose of any shellfish that have identity tags showing Oyster Bay Harbor was the harvest area and harvest date on or after June 1, 2012. The map of the emergency shellfish closure is available at the New York web site. The area will remain closed until samples taken by the DEC indicate that shellfish are no longer a threat to consumers.
The shellfish in question was distributed in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. But distributors in those states may have sold the shellfish to facilities in other states.
Shellfish are not being harvested in the closed area, the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference has been informed, and several press releases have been issued about the contamination. If anyone developed a diarrheal illness within a week after eating raw or undercooked shellfish, they should see a healthcare provider and be tested for Vibrio. Other symptoms of Vibrio illness include nausea and vomiting, and can begin within a few hours to a week after consumption of a contaminated product. Any consumers with questions about seafood safety can call the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

Some Duluth Beaches Still Contaminated with Fecal Bacteria
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/some-duluth-beaches-still-contaminated-with-fecal-bacteria/
By Linda Larsen (JULY 22, 2012)
As we told you on July 3, 2012, some Lake Superior beaches in the Duluth area were closed because of high levels of E. coli bacteria. A few of those beaches are now safe to use, but some remain closed. Flooding in the Duluth area in late June most likely washed bacteria from sewage systems into water around the area.
According to the Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program, the Minnesota Point 15th Street Harbor Side Beach has high bacteria levels, along with Hearding Island Canal Beach/Park Point 20th Street, and the Park Point Sky Harbor Parking Lot Beach. The 42nd Avenue East Beach, and Brighton Beach in East Duluth now have acceptable water.
You can check on the water safety at a beach near you by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification. There have been outbreaks from people contracting bacterial infections by swimming in contaminated waters. For instance, just last week there was a norovirus outbreak at Lake Wazee in Wisconsin, and a Cryptosporidium outbreak at two Minnesota water parks in April. And in 2011, an E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak in Pennsylvania was caused by an ill swimmer at Cowan’s Gap State Park.

Cargill's Excel found liable for damages in Sizzler E. coli case
Source:http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/34504?allowguest=trueBy Meatingplace Editors (July 12, 2012)
Sizzler USA Franchise Inc. can recover damages from Cargill’s Excel Corp. in the case of a little girl who died 12 years ago from E. coli contamination after eating at a Milwaukee area restaurant, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has ruled.
The court upheld an appeals court's decision in the case involving about 150 people who were sickened after eating food contaminated by E. coli pathogens at two Sizzler Steak House restaurants in the Milwaukee area in late July and early August 2000. Three-year-old Brianna Kriefall died.
Excel processed and distributed the contaminated meat that was the source of the E. coli pathogens. The company's role was confirmed by tests of sealed packages of its tri-tip beef that were shipped to Sizzler restaurants.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in this 12-year-old case is final and we must respect it,” Mike Martin, spokesman for Excel parent Cargill Inc., told Meatingplace via email. “All of the consumers who made claims were compensated over the past 12 years.”
He said the company is committed to ensuring a safe food supply and uses advanced technologies throughout its plants. “Producing the safest foods possible is absolutely critical to the ongoing success of Cargill’s business,” he said.
He declined to specify the total costs for the case to Cargill.
In its 40-page majority opinion, the Wisconsin high court held that Sizzler USA can recover damages as a result of Excel and American Home Assurance Co.'s breach of warranties implied in the companies’ meat supply contract.  Excel was found responsible for 80 percent of the liability and costs, restaurant operator E&B Management was found liable for 20 percent, and Sizzler was found not responsible for the E. coli-contaminated food.
The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services classified the two outbreaks as separate occurrences caused by different food handling errors.
The plaintiffs' claims were classified into two groups: the Kriefall plaintiffs and the "non-Kriefall plaintiffs." Prior to trial, the Kriefall plaintiffs settled with Excel, E&B, Sizzler and their insurers for $10.5 million. Excel paid the entire amount.
The 138 non-Kriefall plaintiffs also settled their claims, receiving different amounts depending on the severity of their injuries. A fund administered by one of E&B’s insurers paid about $3.5 million to the non-Kriefall plaintiffs and $1 million to the Kriefalls.


Cargill Sickens 33 with Salmonella in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/cargill-sickens-33-with-salmonella-in-massachusetts-maine-new-hampshire-new-york-rhode-island-virgin/
By Bill Marler (JULY 22, 2012)
Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, Pa., establishment, is recalling 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this evening.
The products subject to recall, sold wholesale and for further processing:
• 14 pound chub packages of "Grnd Beef Fine 85/15", packed 3 chubs to approximate 42-pound cases.
The products subject to recall bears the establishment number "EST. 9400" inside the USDA mark of inspection. While the use-by date has passed and these products are no longer available for retail sale, FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen in consumers' freezers. These products were produced on May 25, 2012, and were shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut, Maine and New York for further distribution.
FSIS became aware of the problem during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis involving 33 case-patients from 7 states (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT-preliminary data, subject to change). Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vermont Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, FSIS was able to link illnesses in five case-patients to the ground beef products produced at this establishment based on epidemiologic and traceback investigations, as well as in-store reviews. Illness onset dates among these five case-patients ranged from June 6, 2012 to June 13, 2012. Two of the five case-patients were hospitalized. Leftover product with no packaging information collected during the course of this investigation by the Vermont Department of Health tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis with the outbreak strain.

E. coli O145 Outbreak Remains a Mystery - 17 Sick and 1 Dead
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/e-coli-o145-outbreak-remains-a-mystery---17-sick-and-1-dead/
By Bill Marler (JULY 20, 2012)
A total of 18 persons infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O145 infection were identified in 9 states.
The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maryland (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1).
Four ill persons were hospitalized. One death was reported in Louisiana.
Dates for patients' onset of illness ranged from April 15, 2012 to June 12, 2012.
Based on interviews conducted, a source for these infections was not identified.

Portland isolates drinking water in one reservoir after test shows possible E. coli
Source : http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/07/portland_isolates_drinking_wat.html#incart_river_default
By Beth Slovic, The Oregonian (JULY 20, 2012)
The Portland Water Bureau has isolated drinking water from Reservoir 3 in Washington Park after an initial test showed possible E. coli bacteria.
"We have no reason to believe at this time the water is contaminated," said Tim Hall, a Water Bureau spokesman.
However, the bureau is in the process of testing a second water sample. Results, Hall said, would be available Saturday.
Although the Water Bureau does not know the specific strain of the possible E. coli, Hall said the type associated with serious illness is not generally found in water supplies.
In 2009, Portland issues a boil-water alert to westside residents after tests showed E. coli bacteria in Washington Park Reservoir 3.

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mt. Healthy Live Poultry Grows
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/cdc-salmonella-outbreak-linked-to-mt-healthy-live-poultry-grows17570/
By Kathy Will (July 12, 2012)
According to the CDC, as of July 12, 2012, there are now 144 people in 26 states who are sick with three outbreaks strains of Salmonella linked to live poultry from Mt. Heathy Hatchery in Ohio. Previously, 123 people were counted as part of the outbreak. The outbreak strains include Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille.
The case count is as follows: Alabama (4), Arizona (1), Delaware (1), Georgia (5), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (5), Louisiana (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (16), North Carolina (14), Ohio (37), Pennsylvania (11), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (11), Texas (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (10), West Virginia (7). Thirty-two people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. One patient has died, but it’s not clear whether the infection contributed to that death. Thirty-six percent of the patients are children 10 years of age or younger.
Twenty-one new cases are from nine states: Arizona (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1) North Carolina (2), Ohio (7), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (3) and Virginia (4). According to the epidemiological curve, the CDC expects there will be at least five more cases in this particular outbreak.
Illnesses began between March 1, 2012 and June 22, 2012. The patients range in age from less than one year to 100 years. Fifty-five percent of patients are female. Of those questioned, 85% had contact with live chicks and ducklings before becoming ill. Any hatchery or outlet that sells live poultry should provide health information to consumers about the risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from the birds.

Hospital food linked to two deaths
Source : http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820628
By Morgan Tait and Newstalk ZB (JULY 19, 2012)
Two people have died and three others have become ill in a listeria outbreak believed to have originated in hospital food in two different regions.
The affected products have also been recalled from shops as they may contain the bacteria causing the disease.
The two elderly women died after contracting listeria, a food-transmitted illness found in meat supplied to the Hawkes Bay Hospital.
Two other people contracted the disease but recovered.
Hawkes Bay Hospital spokesman Andrew Coleman says another case has been reported today at Tauranga Hospital.
"At this stage there doesn't seem to be any any correlation between what's happening in Hawkes Bay with these cases, relating to the death and illness.''
The cause of the women's deaths in Hawkes Bay - in June and this month - were reported a day after the recall notices were placed in newspapers by Napier company Bay Cuisine.
The company supplies the hospital's kitchen and cafeteria, and the Mad Butcher and Preston shop chains.
The products included Mad Butcher 500g salami and pepperoni rolls.
The products, as well as Ratanui Hams and EZY Carve boneless leg ham, are sold in Mad Butcher and Preston stores in Wellington, Porirua and Palmerston North.
The recall notice warned that the products "must not be consumed".
Four patients with listeria went to the Hastings hospital between May and June but the Hawkes Bay District Health Board said it was still unclear if they had contracted the illness while in its care.
However, it could not completely rule out the possibility.
Health board chief executive Kevin Snee said: "It is fair to say this is a very unusual situation. The last thing we want is for a very rare and unusual event to be creating alarm."
The four patients with symptoms of listeria went to hospital on May 9 and 18, and June 21 and 29. The two women, one in her 60s and one her 80s were "immune-compromised" and died within a week to ten days, said Hawkes Bay DHB's director of population health, Dr Caroline McElnay.
Infectious diseases physician Dr Andrew Burns said one woman definitely died from listeria, and it was a significant factor in the death of the other.
Dr McElnay said test results received on Monday showed three different "strands" of the disease in the four patients, and the women who died had different strands.
"For us to get four cases over a period of two months is really, really unusual," she said. "When you have a suspected cluster of listeria outbreak, the most likely cause would be a food source."
New Zealand had only about 25 cases of the disease a year.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has started an investigation which is looking at the "internal processes" of the hospital's food supply.
"We have identified listeria with products sold to us," Dr McElnay said.
She said the board was not buying any more ready-to-eat meat products - "we are cooking meat and slicing it ourselves".
The ministry's general compliance and response deputy director, Andrew Coleman, said the government body was overseeing Bay Cuisine's voluntary recall.
Asked why it had taken from Monday until yesterday to let the public know about the outbreak, Dr Snee said: "We got the results on Monday and were considering them over the next 24 hours and now we are here. I think that is not a long time."
Dr Burns said symptoms of listeria took up to 70 days to appear, and it was therefore harder to find its cause than the cause of other types of food poisoning.
The health board said listeria was dangerous only to pregnant women, their babies, the elderly and people with a lowered immune system. Bay Cuisine joint managing director Simon Wills said last night he was "extremely concerned" about the situation.
"As a precautionary measure, we felt it best to recall all products in the market until our investigations are complete," he said.
"Currently, we are waiting on the results of an independent review of our food preparation procedures."
He expected the recall would be completed within days.
Mad Butcher owner Mike Morton said only a minimal amount of product had been recalled from his stores, and it was not confirmed that it was infected.

Two E. coli Outbreaks, No Advice To Consumers
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/two-e-coli-outbreaks-no-advice-to-consumers/
By Carla Gillespie (JULY 20, 2012)
Two E.coli outbreaks were in the news this week: one because it was declared officially over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the other because the likely source of the outbreak was revealed months after people became ill. The outbreaks, which together sickened dozens of people and claimed the life of one young girl, were caused by different strains of E. coli but they had one thing in common: while they were ongoing, officials weren’t able to give consumers any food safety advice.
The outbreak that came to an official end this week began in April, sickened 18 people in nine states and took the life of  a 21-month old girl from Louisiana. The outbreak was caused by the rare strain  E. coli 0145.  Most of those who were sickened live in the southeastern part of the United States.  The CDC collaborated with health departments in nine states on the investigation. They extensively interviewed 15 of the victims to determine which foods or other exposures may have caused the illness. But they were never able to identify a source and consequently never able to  provide consumers with information that could prevent them from contracting a foodborne illness.
The same is true for the other outbreak which also took place in April but was caused by the more common strain E.coli 0157:H7. It  sickened nine people California and at least 13 others in Canada.  Romaine lettuce was the only commonality that the illnesses in both locations shared, a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) spokesman told Food Poisoning Bulletin this week. But by the time this was discovered, months after the illnesses began, all of the lettuce form the questionable batch had been consumed or thrown out.  The lettuce had been distributed in California, Quebec and New Brunswick, but it was far too late for a recall.
Without lettuce samples, laboratory testing was never done to see if  the romaine’s genetic fingerprint matched that of the outbreak strain. But because it was the only commonality, CDPH, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) worked together on a trace-back investigation.  They established that the lettuce came form Peter Rabbit Farm, which is owned by Amazing Coachella Inc., in Coachella, Calif. They visited the farm on June 12 and June 13, two months after the first victims became ill. They  found no conditions or practices that needed to be changed and no lettuce. The crop from which the potentially tainted batch had been harvested was long gone. The field was empty and  consumers are left empty-handed.

E. coli and salmonella at food compost firm WormTech
Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-18920618#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
By BBC NEWS (JULY 20, 2012)
E. coli and salmonella have been found at a food composting firm in Monmouthshire, Environment Agency Wales (EAW) has confirmed.
WormTech in Caerwent has had its environment permit suspended and said it was working with EAW.
The firm recycles waste for councils, including Monmouthshire, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent. They say food waste collections won't be affected.
Public Health Wales (PHW) says there is "no wider public health risk".
Officers from EAW found a substance known as leachate, produced by the composting process, coming out of the wall of a building used for food waste deliveries.
It has served a notice suspending WormTech's environment permit, meaning it cannot process any more waste until it proves it has sealed its buildings.
Nadia De Longhi, environment manager at EAW, said ammonia, e. coli and salmonella had been found in the leachate.
"We've suspended inputs of waste to the composting facility at WormTech," she said.
"We believe there is a serious risk of pollution to groundwater and surface water from the operations.
"From a health perspective we've been liaising with PHW and they are satisfied that there is not a public health risk at this stage."
WormTech, which is based inside a Ministry of Defence training area, handles 10,000 tonnes of food and green waste a year.
It says on its website that materials are processed inside converted old munitions buildings.
The company said: "We are working with Environment Agency Wales and have asked for more time to deal with situation".
'No disruption'
Blaenau Gwent council said it is in discussions with WormTech and are in the process of agreeing contingency plans.
"Suitable arrangements will be put in place so that food waste and green waste is still collected and recycled across Blaenau Gwent," it said.
"There will be no disruption to the public."
Monmouthshire council said "there will be no break in green waste and food collections as we have contingencies in place".
Torfaen council added: "We are working closely with the Environment Agency and have a contingency plan in place to manage all of Torfaen's food and garden waste.
"We would like to reassure our residents that this will not affect any waste collections and to continue recycling food and garden waste as normal."

Dog food Salmonella outbreak ends, HUS treatment, CDC raw-milk letter
Source : http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/jul1912foodscan.html
By CIDRAP (JULY 19, 2012)
CDC says dog food Salmonella outbreak is over
A Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to contact with dry dog food appears to be over, with 49 illnesses reported from 20 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday. The total represents an increase of 27 patients and 7 states over the CDC's last update on Jun 13. Two cases from Canada are also included in the CDC's total. Of 24 cases with available information, 10 (42%) patients were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported. The CDC said yesterday that a sample from the facility and retail samples of dry food yielded the outbreak strain, plus a Salmonella Infantis strain with a second pulse-field gel electrophoresis pattern linked to 16 of the patients. The CDC said the additional strain was isolated from dry dog food collected from the home of a patient in Canada who was sick with a non-outbreak strain of Salmonella. The CDC first announced the outbreak on May 3, which was linked to multiple brands of dry dog food made by Diamond Pet Foods at a plant in South Carolina. The outbreak, the second linked to dry pet food, spurred the recall of several dog food brands.
Jul 18 CDC final outbreak update
Panel: Common HUS treatments in German EHEC outbreak showed little benefit
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) does not appear to respond to the monoclonal antibody drug eculizumab or to plasmapheresis with or without glucocorticoids, a European panel said today. In a study published in the British journal BMJ, the EHEC-HUS consortium, comprising mostly German physicians, reported on a retrospective case-control study involving 298 adult patients with EHEC-induced HUS from 23 hospitals in northern Germany. The patients were part of last year's outbreak linked to fenugreek seeds that affected 3,842 patients, including 855 with HUS. Of the patients, 251 (84%) were treated with plasmapheresis (174 with glucorticoids and 77 without), and 67 received eculizumab, a drug that was administered to more than 300 outbreak patients after a report early in the crisis showed promise in three children with HUS. Eculizumab was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration last year for atypical HUS, but not for typical HUS. The consortium found no clear benefit from either plasmapheresis or eculizumab. They found some benefit of antibiotic treatment in those with established HUS but said more study is needed for that approach.
Jul 19 BMJ study
CDC stresses dangers of raw milk in letter to state officials
Stating that "the role of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products in the transmission of infectious diseases is well documented," an official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscored in a letter yesterday to state and territorial public health departments the dangers of unpasteurized milk products. Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, also steered officials and outbreak investigators to an updated CDC Web site on raw milk. Tauxe said that, while good hygienic practices during milking can reduce the risk of foodborne illness, they cannot replace pasteurization to kill pathogens. He also noted that 82% of dairy-related outbreaks reported to the CDC from 1973 through 2009 were due to raw milk products and that 93 raw milk or raw cheese outbreaks from 1998 through 2009 caused 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths, mostly from E coli, Campylobacter, and Salmonella. Tauxe also suggested that state regulators should "consider further restricting or prohibiting the sale and distribution of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products."
Jul 19 Food Safety News story on the letter

Problems Persist With Chicken Jerky Dog Treats From China
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/problems-persist-with-chicken-jerky-dog-treats-from-china/
By Carla Gillespie (JULY 18, 2012)
Chicken Jerky dog treats imported from China continue to pose serious health problems for American dogs. But despite five years of research and testing, it’s not clear why, according to the latest product safety update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In the July 18 update, the agency stops short of telling consumers not to feed the treats to their pets, but urges people who choose to do so to watch their pets for tellltale signs of serious illness: decreased appetite and activity, vomiting, diarrhea, and an increase in water consumption and urination. The dried chicken products are sold as “jerky,” “tenders,” “strips” or “treats.”
The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has ben receiving complaints of canine illness associated with chicken jerky treats manufactured in China since 2007. The number of complaints dropped off in 2010 but picked up again last year.  In November 2011, the agency issued a cautionary update saying basically what it said today: a number of dogs have become seriously ill after consuming chicken jerky treats from China, but tests haven’t yet shown why.
Jerky samples have been tested by the FDA, the Veterinary Laboratory Response Network and by other animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S . They have looked for chemical and microbiological contaminants including: Salmonella, pesticides, antibiotics and metals as well as furans, mycotoxins, rodenticides, nephrotoxins and other chemicals and poisonous compounds. Samples have been submitted for DNA verification to confirm the presence of poultry and analyzed for nutritional composition, vitamin D excess and enterotoxin analysis.
Yet none of these tests has been conclusive. “Samples collected from all over the United States have been tested for a wide variety of substances and to date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses,” the update states. The FDA continues to test and  is now asking private diagnostic labs to  submit quotes on conducting analysis of the nutritional composition of the dried chicken samples.
At this point, no recalls have been issued. The agency advises pet owners who do choose to feed their dogs these treats, to get medical attention for any dog who develops symptoms that last for more than 24 hours.

CDC Issues Final Update on Salmonella Infantis Outbreak Linked to Dry Dog Food
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/cdc-issues-final-update-on-salmonella-infantis-outbreak-linked-to-dry-dog-food/
By Linda Larsen (JULY 18, 2012)
The CDC has issued its final update on the Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to dry dog food. Forty nine people, including 47 in 20 states and two people in Canada, have been infected with the outbreak strain.
The number of ill persons in each state are: Alabama (2), Arkansas (2), California (3), Connecticut (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (4), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (3), New Jersey (2), New York (5), North Carolina (5), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina (2), Texas (1), and Virginia (2). Public health officials have interviewed 24 people; of those, 10, or 42%, have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
The outbreak has been linked to dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at their facility in Gaston, South Carolina. The CDC has collected information for pet owners and for veterinarians relating to this outbreak. Food Poisoning Bulletin has been keeping you up to date on this outbreak since it was first announced on May 4, 2012, and when a second strain of Salmonella was found in the dog food.
As we’ve told you before, once a pathogenic bacteria is in the home, it is almost impossible to completely prevent cross-contamination. That’s why it’s illegal to produce some foods contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli. Once a food product has made someone sick, it is illegal to sell that product.
Anyone who gets sick with this bacteria is not to blame for their infection. Pathogenic bacteria are odorless, tasteless, and invisible to the eye. And the infectious dose is extremely small.
Since dogs can carry Salmonella without appearing sick themselves, and can easily shed the bacteria, if your dog ate this food he could infect your family without your knowledge.  The bacteria could be on the dog’s coat or paws. It’s not possible to clean an animal well enough to remove bacteria.
The long term effects of foodborne illness can be serious and costly. It’s important that anyone affected by this outbreak see their health care provider and receive follow-up visits to check for complications, including reactive arthritis and heart disease.

Missed cantaloupe listeria strain tied to man's death; new crop in stores
Source : http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/07/17/12794988-missed-cantaloupe-listeria-strain-tied-to-mans-death-new-crop-in-stores?lite
By JoNel Aleccia, NBC News (JULY 18, 2012)
A previously unidentified strain of listeria from last year’s deadly cantaloupe outbreak has been linked to the death of a 75-year-old Montana man, even as the new crop of Colorado melons fills store shelves.
The new strain was collected from cut cantaloupe in a home refrigerator last September, at the start of the listeria outbreak that eventually sickened 146 people and led to at least 30 deaths and one miscarriage. But Colorado health officials didn’t send the sample to federal officials for 10 months because it didn’t match strains from any known victims in that state.
“We didn’t look more broadly,” said Alicia Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
When they finally did send it to the federal PulseNet monitoring program last month, it turned out to be identical to a rare strain of listeria detected in a Montana victim who died in January.
That increases the number of strains in the 28-state outbreak to five, up from the four strains responsible for most of the illnesses, said Dr. Benjamin Silk, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It also adds the elderly Bozeman man to the CDC’s roster of cases, bringing the tally to 147, though it’s not yet clear whether his death can be counted in the total.
“We know that the patient had the outbreak strain,” said Silk, who confirmed that the man ate contaminated cantaloupe. “What they’re looking into now is whether the cause of death was from the listeria infection.”
Montana health officials should learn this week whether listeria killed the man outright or whether another disease or illness was responsible, said Jim Murphy, chief of the state’s communicable disease bureau.
Rocky Ford cantaloupes back in stores
The first cantaloupes from Colorado’s famed Rocky Ford growing region have just appeared in local produce aisles last week after safety upgrades that totaled between $800,000 and $1 million, said spokeswoman Diane Mulligan, who represents a coalition of 15 area growers.
“The cantaloupe hit the shelves on Friday,” said Mulligan, noting that King Soopers grocery stores were swamped by demand. “I can’t get any.”
Those growers are hoping to overcome the damage caused by Jensen Farms, the Holly, Colo., grower responsible for the outbreak, one of the deadliest in U.S. history. Faulty growing, processing and storage conditions and dirty equipment led to the problems, government health officials concluded.
The new safety measures adopted by the Rocky Ford Growers Association include specialized washing, disinfectant and cooling procedures, as well as tracking that monitors the melons from seed to store, Mulligan said.
“They’ve basically taken the utmost safety precautions and are adhering to the stringent processes that are out there,” she added. 
“They’ve basically taken the utmost safety precautions and are adhering to the stringent processes that are out there,” she added. 

The steady drip of romaine lettuce E. coli information - 28 sick in California and Canada - Peter Rabbit Farms "tarred" with outbreak
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/the-steady-drip-of-romaine-lettuce-e-coli-information---28-sick-in-california-and-canada---peter-rab/
By BILL MARLER(JULY 18, 2012)
Prying information out of California and Canadian public health officals should not be how the public is informed about and E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.
Coral Beach (what a great name) of the Packer continued the work of Food Safety News and eFoodert when she reported this morning that California health officials have traced romaine lettuce blamed for E. coli illnesses in California and Canada to California grower Amazing Coachella Inc.
California Department of Public Health officials confirmed that the romaine linked to the April outbreak was grown and distributed by Amazing Coachella Inc., which is the parent company of Peter Rabbit Farms, both based in Coachella, Calif.
The E. coli outbreak sickened at least nine people in California. Most of those victims ate at “a single unnamed restaurant” according to California public health officials. At least one case of the same strain of E. coli 0157:H7 was reported in Quebec.
Another 18 people who ate at a Jungle Jim’s restaurant in Miramichi, New Brunswick, also became ill, according to Denis Allard, deputy chief medical officer for the New Brunswick Department of Health.
The suspect romaine was distributed as whole heads, not fresh cut, according to California officials.
California health officials said the romaine was shipped to a distributor in Quebec, and also supplied to the California restaurant and the Miramichi, New Brunswick, restaurant, Jungle Jim’s. When officials investigated the growing operation, the fields had already been tilled in preparation for the next season.

New on-farm salmonella tool aims to reduce risk
Source : http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/17/07/2012/133966/New-on-farm-salmonella-tool-aims-to-reduce-risk.htm
By Sarah Trickett(JULY 17, 2012)
Salmonella continues to be an issue in pigs, with 47% slaughtered in England containing some level of salmonella. However, despite a salmonella control plan being in place for the past 10 years under the Zoonoses National Control Programme (ZNCP), the level of disease has not changed.
Under new plans for the ZNCP, BPEX working in partnership with the industry has decided to redirect money and suspend testing for salmonella antibodies at the abattoir using the meat juice ELIZA test and instead will use the money for an on-farm risk assessment tool.
Speaking about the changes, BPEX's veterinary programme manager Katrin Turvey said: "The new tool will provide farmers with clear information regarding the herd's current salmonella risks. The farmer or vet can use the outcomes of the risk assessment to create a meaningful on-farm salmonella control plan, which is a requirement of the Red Tractor assurance."
Salmonella facts
•Salmonella are gram-negative human and animal pathogens
•Salmonella can occur in all species of domestic animal and manifests mainly as diarrhoea, although clinical signs also include septicaemia, abortion, arthritis and respiratory disease
•Many healthy animals can also carry the organisms in their intestinal tract and may be important in the spread of infection between animals, into the environment and into the food chain

"With there being more pressure from the EU to reduce salmonella, now is the time to refocus and step up what the ZNCP is doing," she said.
The new online risk assessment tool will cover all areas of farm management. After producers have completed the online assessment, it will clearly highlight where the risk areas are for salmonella, which can then be used to inform the salmonella control plan.
"It's important producers realise this does not replace the salmonella control plan, however," said Ms Turvey.
Zoe Davies, of the National Pig Association, stressed the need for moving a way from a traditional "tick-box" exercise to a system that is accessible and can be useful.
"We don't want salmonella control just to be a tick-box exercise and it's not just about salmonella. By adopting this new online assessment tool it will cover management areas such as biosecurity and rodent control that can help address other health issues. This new tool fits nicely alongside the Pig Health Improvement Project (PHIP)," she said.
Although 90% of salmonella can be removed at the abattoir, Ms Davies said it did not "dissolve" a farmer's responsibility for salmonella control.
"While abattoirs may be the most cost-effective and easiest place to remove and have an impact on salmonella, it's important farmers still do their bit. It is not always the farmer's fault as outdoor systems could be more at risk from salmonella due to birds and straw-based system able to harbour the disease compared to slatted systems, but a general improvement in biosecurity can help protect the future," she said.
Control areas for salmonella in pig systems
•Identifying problem areas for cleaning and disinfection
•Pig flow
•Control of pests, insects and dust
•Management of replacement stock
•Feed formulation and feed/water acidification
•Vaccination and prudent use of antimicrobials
•Management of waste and movement of pigs, people and equipment
•Testing and evaluating the success of interventions

USDA Releases First Results for Non-0157 STEC Tests in Beef Trim
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/usda-releases-first-results-for-non-0157-stec-tests-in-beef-trim/
By Linda Larsen(JULY 16,2012)
On June 4, 2012, the USDA started required testing of beef trim for six non-0157 shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, commonly known as STEC bacteria. Today they released the first report on this new testing system. Those six bacteria, which include E. coli 026, 045, 0103, 0111, 0121, and 0145, cause more than 100,000 illnesses in the United States every year.
Out of 110 analyses of raw ground beef in federal plants, three tested positive for the pathogens. Testing revealed the presence of E. coli 0145 in one sample, E. coli 0103 in 1 sample, and E. coli 045 in one sample. A follow-up RGBC positive test result was obtained for the E. coli 0103 bacteria. Testing also revealed the presence of E. coli 0157:H7 in four samples out of 115.
At this time, only beef manufacturing trimmings are testing for the non-STEC bacteria. Other components, such as cheek meat and head meat, are not being tested for E. coli 0157:H7 and the non-0157 STEC bacteria.
After a sample tests positive, personnel from USDA verified that the facility in question has validated their HACCP plans and are properly controlling for the bacteria. Government officials may need to assess dressing procedures and process controls at the plant. The facility may need to focus more on decontamination and antimicrobial treatments.

California Romaine Linked to U.S. and Canada Illnesses - What Next?
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/california-romaine-linked-to-us-and-canada-illnesses---what-next/#.UAUavaNcxvM.twitter
By Bill Marler (July 17,2012)
On June 30 I posted “What is California link to Canadian E. coli cases linked to Romaine Lettuce?” And, now slowly – very slowly – information is coming out – sort of.
On July 13 Food Safety News reported:
That in late April, at least 30 people fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating at Jungle Jim's restaurant in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Two months later, when Canadian health officials finally linked the illnesses to romaine lettuce served at the restaurant, they also announced that matching infections had cropped up in both California and Quebec.
But that was all the information they provided, and it prompted a number of questions about the California connection: Did Californians travel to New Brunswick and eat at Jungle Jim's, or did the infections occur in California? Were they infected near late April? Did the E. coli strains match genetically? Did they eat romaine lettuce?
For more than a week, no one would say. But on Thursday, the California Department of Public Health provided Food Safety News with some answers.
The California infections occurred in California -- none of the people sickened had been traveling to Canada. The state health department spokesman would not say how many Californians were involved in the outbreak.
Today eFoodalert reported that Romaine lettuce grown on a California farm is the probable source of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that were reported in April and May in California, New Brunswick and Quebec:
The binational outbreak sickened at least 18 people in New Brunswick (Canada) and nine residents of California. At least one resident of Quebec also was infected with the same outbreak strain.
California was notified in May by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that CDC had learned of an outbreak in Canada, caused by the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 as the California illnesses. Traceback investigations carried out by Canada and California both led to a single California farm that supplied lettuce to the California restaurant and to Jungle Jim’s in New Brunswick. Lettuce from the implicated fields was also supplied to Quebec.
Unfortunately, tracing the source of the lettuce did not lead to the source of the contamination. According to Ronald Owens, FDA and California followed up at the farm, but could not identify what might have led to the contamination. “The field had long since been harvested at the time of the investigation,” Owens explained in his email to me, “and all lettuce from the implicated lots had long since been consumed or disposed.”

 

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E. coli O145 Outbreak Over
Source : http://www.ecoliblog.com/e-coli-outbreaks/e-coli-o145-outbreak-over/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EColiBlog+%28E.+coli+Blog%29
By E. coli Lawyer (July 20, 2012)
A total of 18 persons infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O145 infection were identified in 9 states.
The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maryland (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1).
Four ill persons were hospitalized. One death was reported in Louisiana.
Dates for patients' onset of illness ranged from April 15, 2012 to June 12, 2012.
Based on interviews conducted, a source for these infections was not identified.

Amazing Coachella Source of E. coli Tainted Romaine Lettuce
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/amazing-coachella-source-of-e-coli-tainted-romaine-lettuce/
By Linda Larsen (July 19, 2012)
The California Department of Public Health has confirmed that several cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce was grown and distributed by Amazing Coachella Inc. in Coachella, California. The lettuce sickened at least nine people in California in April 2012, 18 people in New Brunswick Canada, and one person in Quebec. Those cases were matched to the outbreak strain.
Most of the victims in California ate at a single restaurant, which public health officials have not named. The lettuce was sold as whole heads, not cut or processed. Since the outbreaks occurred in two different countries, contamination happened at the distributor level and the restaurants were not suspected as the cause of contamination.
Since the field had been prepared for the next harvest when officials began their investigation, they were not able to find any problems that caused the contamination. Officials did not make any recommendations for changes at the farm, but said they are going to monitor the facility’s products for any  additional positive samples. At this time, the investigation is closed.

Germantown E. coli Outbreak: Now, 68 ill with 14 hospitalized - 3 with HUS
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/germantown-e-coli-outbreak-now-68-ill-with-14-hospitalized---3-with-hus/
By Bill Marler (July 17, 2012)
As a result of eating food at a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown, at least 68 individuals have become ill. Of those, 14 have been hospitalized.
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is continuing an investigation into the cause of the foodborne outbreak. Estimates are that as many as 300 people may have attended an annual customer appreciation picnic held by Neff’s Lawn Care, 9400 Ekhart Road, on July 3. Of the ill, 16 have been confirmed to be infected by E. coli O157. Three individuals are experiencing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disease that destroys red blood cells, and can cause sudden, short-term-acute-kidney failure. Those affected include a 4-year old female, a 14-year old male, and a 73-year old male. All three are in serious medical condition.

Case Count from Cantaloupe Outbreak Officially Rises to 147
Sorce : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/07/case-count-from-cantaloupe-outbreak-officially-rises-to-147/#.UAUo2YYHM8R.twitter
By James Andrews (July 17, 2012)
With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linking the Listeria illness, but not yet the death, of a 75-year-old Montana man to last year's Listeria outbreak tied to Colorado cantaloupes, a CDC official has told Food Safety News that the case count has risen from 146 to 147.  This is the first additional case the CDC has counted since its final outbreak update on December 8, 2011.
Whether the agency will include the man's death among the official count of 32 deaths which was earlier reported by the Denver Post, however, remains to be determined until health officials in Montana investigate his infection and other medical complications, according to Benjamin Silk, CDC epidemiologist.
"The high number of deaths associated with this outbreak have caused them to be a focal point, but it's hard to say whether an infection caused death when it happens weeks or months after infection, especially in elderly victims," Silk said. "The medical risk factors that lead to susceptibility for Listeria infection can also independently be linked to risk of death."
The outbreak occurred in August and September of 2011, sickening and killing victims in 28 states. Until now, officials had only counted one other illness in Montana.
The new official case count by state is now as follows:
Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), California (4), Colorado (40), Idaho (2), Illinois (4), Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Kansas (11), Louisiana (2), Maryland (1), Missouri (7), Montana (2), Nebraska (6), Nevada (1), New Mexico (15), New York (2), North Dakota (2), Oklahoma (12), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (18), Utah (1), Virginia (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming (4).
The Montana man's illness was not linked to the cantaloupe outbreak until sometime after June 18, 2012, when genetic samples from a Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe found in the refrigerator of another ill victim from Colorado was uploaded to PulseNet, a national foodborne pathogen tracking network operated by the CDC.
"This situation is yet another example of what a revolution PulseNet has been for outbreak investigations," Silk said. "It's been a revolution in the sense that we can now instantly compare illnesses separated by geography and time -- it just wasn't possible before."
Yesterday, Food Safety News reported the story of how this death was connected to the Listeria-cantaloupe outbreak. Read that report here.

Germantown Ohio E. coli Victim Develops Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/germantown-ohio-e-coli-victim-develops-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome/
By Bill Marler (July 13, 2012)
According to the Dayton & Montgomery County Health Department, as a result of eating food at a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown, at least 62 individuals have become ill. Of those, 13 have been hospitalized. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is continuing an investigation into the cause of the foodborne outbreak. Estimates are that as many as 300 people may have attended an annual customer appreciation picnic held by Neff’s Lawn Care, 9400 Ekhart Road, on July 3. Of the ill, 11 have been confirmed to be infected by E. coli O157:H7. One four year old girl is in critical condition, experiencing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disease that destroys red blood cells, and is the most common cause of sudden, short-term-acute-kidney failure in children.

Tuna Salmonella Outbreak Stands as Largest Incidence of Food Poisoning So Far in 2012
Source : http://www.salmonellaclaimcenter.com/outbreak/tuna-salmonella-outbreak-stands-as-largest-incidence-of-food-poisoning-so-far-in-2012/
By Salmonella Attorney (July 17, 2012)
National food safety law firm Pritzker Olsen Attorneys is continuing to accept cases in the largest food poisoning outbreak of the year. More than 390 people in 27 states have been sickened by Salmonella in raw scraped tuna used in sushi, sashimi and other dishes. Many of the cases stemmed from meals eaten at restaurants, but the contaminated raw tuna also was sold by grocery stores as part of sushi from the deli.
Pritzker Olsen already represents a number of the victims in this outbreak, which has been traced to the the shores of India and a company called Moon Marine USA Corporation of Cupertino, California. The raw yellowfin tuna was scraped from the backbones of the fish and frozen in clear plastic bags as Nakaochi Scrape. A popular use of the product by sushi chefs is to tuck it into spicy tuna rolls.
The outbreak peaked in April and by mid-June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reporting that 47 people had been hospitalized. The last CDC update in late June said people would likely keep getting sick for a couple months due to the fact that some freezer stocks of the contaminated tuna might get used by cooks who are unaware of the sushi Salmonella recall.
When it does get used, chances are high that people will get sick. Laboratory testing conducted by state public health laboratories in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin has isolated Salmonella from 53 (96 percent) of 55 samples taken from intact packages of frozen yellow fin tuna scrape from Moon Marine USA Corporation or from sushi prepared with the implicated scrape tuna product.
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The outbreak has spawned an unknown number of serious illnesses, including reactive arthritis or Reiter’s syndrome. Salmonellosis is capable of causing death in people with weakened or under-developed immune systems. But even if your illness was not life threatening, you could still receive substantial compensation from the companies responsible for this outbreak.
Our law firm has filed a tuna Salmonella lawsuit against Moon Marine USA for Salmonella poisoning from scrape tuna used to make sushi rolls. In the best interests of our clients, we have not filed a class action lawsuit. We believe that each victim will be better served by having his or her claim filed separately. Contact our attorneys about your Salmonella claim and your lawsuit for money damages.
Over the years we have collected millions for outbreak victims and our team of trial lawyers is one of the few in the country practicing extensively in the area of foodborne illness litigation. The firm’s president and founder, Fred Pritzker, was the keynote speaker this year at the North American Food Safety Summit in Toronto and he was guest speaker at Harvard University this spring to debate the importance of food safety.

California lettuce linked to E. coli outbreaks in NB, Quebec and Calif.
Source : http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/blog/155736/12/07/17/california-lettuce-linked-e-coli-outbreaks-nb-quebec-and-calif
By Doug Powell (July 17, 2012)
When California lettuce growers were courting Canadian hacks on a paid junket, they probably didn’t talk too much about the possible links between several E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks and California Romaine lettuce that were being uncovered at the same time.
Or the sick people.
The Sponge-Bob-Colbert leafy greens cone of silence was once again deployed.
Phyllis Entis of eFoodAlert confirms tonight that Romaine lettuce grown on a
California farm is the probable source of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that were reported in April and May in California, New Brunswick and Quebec.
The binational outbreak sickened at least 18 people in New Brunswick (Canada) and nine residents of California. At least one resident of Quebec also was infected with the same outbreak strain.
The New Brunswick outbreak victims ate at Jungle Jim’s, a restaurant in Miramichi, between April 23rd and April 26th, and had consumed romaine lettuce, either in a salad, as part of a wrap, or as a garnish on hamburger. Most of the nine California victims had eaten at a single (unnamed) restaurant in April 2012, according to information provided by Ronald Owens (Office of Public Affairs, California Department of Public Health). A case control study implicated lettuce as the source of the California outbreak. No information has been released on the Quebec cases(s).
California was notified in May by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that CDC had learned of an outbreak in Canada, caused by the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 as the California illnesses. Traceback investigations carried out by Canada and California both led to a single California farm that supplied lettuce to the California restaurant and to Jungle Jim’s in New Brunswick. Lettuce from the implicated fields was also supplied to Quebec.
At the same time, Marie-Andree Guimont wrote a lovely puff piece in divine.ca after her educational – and funded – trip to Monterey, California, to see how leafy greens are grown.
“Awareness of food safety has allowed us to change the culture among producers, said Scott Horsfall, CEO of California LGMA, with a straight face. “They are proud of their training, and it therefore becomes their badge of honor.”
The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement would be a lot more credible if they’d come clean about outbreaks and data, instead of ole’ timey public relations crap, buying off would-be journalists, one at a time. And governments. Canadian regulators will only accept leafy greens entering the country that are LGMA-certified. No idea why.
Health types may want to figure out a policy for going public about outbreaks. Finding out later just further erodes any remaining credibility.
A table of leafy green related outbreaks is available at http://bites.ksu.edu/leafy-greens-related- outbreaks.

Germantown Ohio E. coli Victim Develops Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/germantown-ohio-e-coli-victim-develops-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome/
By Bill Marler (July 13, 2012)
According to the Dayton & Montgomery County Health Department, as a result of eating food at a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown, at least 62 individuals have become ill. Of those, 13 have been hospitalized. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is continuing an investigation into the cause of the foodborne outbreak. Estimates are that as many as 300 people may have attended an annual customer appreciation picnic held by Neff’s Lawn Care, 9400 Ekhart Road, on July 3. Of the ill, 11 have been confirmed to be infected by E. coli O157:H7. One four year old girl is in critical condition, experiencing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disease that destroys red blood cells, and is the most common cause of sudden, short-term-acute-kidney failure in children.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Minnesota Denny's
Source : http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/07/salmonella-outbreak-linked-to-minnesota-dennys/
By Food Safety News Desk (July 14, 2012)
Three people were hospitalized with Salmonella Montevideo infections after eating at Denny's in Rochester, MN. One more case has not been confirmed but is thought to be part of the outbreak.
The three patrons became ill between July 2 and July 7 after eating at the same Rochester Denny's between June 27 and July 5. Officials at Olmsted County Health Services are looking into how the bacteria might have entered the restaurant, and suspect that it was being carried by a customer or employee.
The restaurant has been fully cooperative throughout the investigation, taking all measures recommended by health officials. County and state health departments have discarded potentially contaminated foods, sanitized all food preparation surfaces, enforced glove use among all employees and excluded all ill or recently ill workers.
"We did not close down Denny's specifically because we were able to get into the restaurant early enough to start the intervention right away," said Shaylene Baumbach, an Olmsted County public health educator, according to the Post Bulletin.  
Officials continue to investigate whether other cases may be linked to the outbreak.
Symptoms of Salmonella usually develop about 12 to 72 hours after infection and include fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain and cramps. Symptoms usually resolve within a week, but 20 percent of illnesses lead to hospitalization.
If you think you may have contracted a Salmonella infection, contact your healthcare provider.

Shellfish from Oyster Bay in Nassau County NY Linked to Vibrio Outbreak
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/shellfish-from-oyster-bay-in-nassau-county-ny-linked-to-vibrio-outbreak/
By Carla Gillespie (July 14, 2012)
The New York Department of Environmental conservation is advising food establishments to avoid using or selling shellfish harvested from areas in the town of Oyster Bay, N.Y. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, harvesting is no longer allowed in that area because of an illness outbreak caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a naturally occurring marine bacteria.
All of the underwater land in Oyster Bay Harbor in an area from the stone house on Plum Point to the northwestern point of Cover Point on Cove Neck are closed for harvest. This include about 1,980 acres on the north shore of Oyster Bay. You can see the map at the New York DEC site.
Three people who ate raw or undercooked shellfish in Nassau County have become ill. And five more people in other states are sick after eating shellfish harvested in Oyster Bay. The Vibrio bacteria increase in numbers when the water warms.  Symptoms of Vibrio infections include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal and stomach cramps, fever, and chills. Most illnesses resolve within a few days, but some people can become sick enough to require hospitalization.
If you have eaten shellfish recently and are ill, please see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. For temporary emergency shellfish closure information, you can call the DEC hotline at 631-444-0480.

Norovirus Outbreak at Lake Wazee in Wisconsin
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/norovirus-outbreak-at-lake-wazee-in-wisconsin/
By Kathy Will (July 14, 2012)
According to the Jackson County Health Department in Wisconsin, the beaches at Lake Wazee have been closed because of an outbreak of norovirus. At least 200 people have been sickened. The outbreak was discovered last week after many people who visited the lake experienced the symptoms of Norovirus.
According to a press release, food poisoning was suspected at first, but after public health officials began investigating, the lake water emerged as the suspected source. Testing has not revealed norovirus, but officials say that markers for feces, one of the sources of the virus, have been found at the beach.
Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, and body aches. The symptoms appear quickly, within a few hours after exposure, and patients usually get better within a few days. But some people can become seriously ill with dehydration and require hospitalization. Because it is a virus, antibiotics are not used to treat this infection.
Samples from patients are being tested at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. When test results are released, we’ll let you know. The lake will remain closed through the weekend. Officials will re-test the water on Monday, July 16 and will reopen the beach if it is safe.
If anyone wants to scuba dive or fish away from the beaches, that is permitted, but the Health Department asks that you thoroughly wash your hands after those activities, and clean and sanitize all equipment. For more information, contact the Health Department.