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Denmark and Sweden hit by norovirus in oysters 1.18.20

Denmark and Sweden are the latest countries to report outbreaks of norovirus linked to shellfish from France. At least 180 people in Denmark are sick since the start of the year and 70 are affected in Sweden, although some of these are thought to have fallen ill after eating Swedish oysters. In France, 1,033 people... Continue Reading

Listeria tops hazards handled by INFOSAN in 4Q 1.17.20

Salmonella has been knocked off the top spot by Listeria monocytogenes as the main hazard dealt with by an international food safety network. During the fourth quarter of 2019, the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) was involved in four incidents involving Listeria out of 15 concerning 44 countries, according to a recent report. Salmonella... Continue Reading

Largest of three romaine-related outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states 1.16.20

Federal officials connected some of the dots in their investigation of an E. coli outbreak yesterday when they declared the outbreak over. It was one of three concurrent outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce in late 2019. A total of 167 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were confirmed from 27 states. Illnesses started on... Continue Reading

Campylobacter outbreak from chicken continues in Denmark 1.16.20

Almost 90 people are part of an outbreak in Denmark from Campylobacter after eating chicken meat from one slaughterhouse. Statens Serum Institut (SSI), the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) and DTU Food – National Food Institute investigated the Campylobacter jejuni outbreak. As part of a project this past year involving the Clinical Microbiology Department... Continue Reading

Seattle area officials say outbreak linked to romaine appears to be over 1.16.20

The outbreak is thought to be over, but public health officials in the Seattle area continue to investigate the source of E. coli O157:H7 that infected at least 15 people and is linked to romaine lettuce. Seattle – King County Public Health has been investigating the outbreak and seven associated Evergreens restaurants in King County,... Continue Reading

Romaine outbreaks are over (again) 1.16.20

Another round of romaine-connected E. coli outbreaks is over, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before the end came, infections of E. coli O157: H7 in 217 people saw every other person admitted to the hospital. Unlike other romaine-linked E. coli outbreaks since late 2017,... Continue Reading

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