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Final Investigation of Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Turkey 

The final public update by the CDC of a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products has been released due to the number of newly reported illnesses decreasing. About a month has gone by since people reported getting sick. Illnesses in this outbreak occurred from November 20, 2017 to March 31, 2019. However, consumers can continue to get sick because this Salmonella strain is present throughout the turkey industry, including raw turkey products, packaged raw pet food, and live turkeys. The CDC stated that it will continue to monitor the Pulsenet database for any new illnesses, and public health partners will continue to investigate any newly reported illnesses.

State and local health departments interviewed people about foods consumed and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Of the 200 sick people interviewed...

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May 2 10:03 AM, Urner Barry



CDC Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. Eight people have reportedly been infected and hospitalized across four states (Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) and one death has been reported from Michigan. The affected individuals report eating different types and brands of product, including meats and cheeses purchased from and sliced at deli counters in multiple retail locations. A single, common supplier of deli products has not been identified.

There were two cases reported in early 2019, and the other six were reported from November 2016 to February 2018. During an initial investigation of three cases in...

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Apr 25 3:25 PM, General News


CDC Suspects Ground Beef is Source of Latest E. coli Outbreak

As of Friday, April 12, 2019, 109 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from six states. The CDC is reporting the 109 illnesses that the PulseNet laboratory network has confirmed are part of this outbreak. States are now investigating additional illnesses that might be a part of this outbreak.

Illnesses began on dates from March 2, 2019, to March 6, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 83 years, with a median age of 18. Of those infected, 53 percent are female. Out of 81 people with information available, 17, or 21 percent, have been hospitalized. No deaths and no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported at this time. Illnesses that occurred after ...

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Apr 15 12:14 PM, Urner Barry


National Turkey Federation Statement on CDC Investigation of Salmonella Reading

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted an update today to their investigation announced in July into multistate illnesses attributed to Salmonella Reading. Epidemiologic evidence suggests raw turkey products and raw turkey pet food are possible sources. No specific product, brand, facility or company has been linked to the illnesses, nor is the CDC recommending consumers stop eating any turkey products.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) released the following statement on the investigation:

“Food safety is a top priority for the turkey industry, and we take great pride in providing safe, nutritious and delicious food for consumers. Although NTF members work diligently to prevent foodborne bacteria on their farms and in processing, it is well known that bacteria are naturally present in the environment. As a result, raw meat and...

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Nov 9 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


FDA Releases Report on the Occurrence of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors 2013-2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released findings today from the initial phase of a 10-year study that is evaluating trends in food preparation practices and employee behaviors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks in the retail setting.

Data from this study are meant to provide valuable insights for restaurant management to address and reduce common unsafe behaviors/practices within fast food and full-service restaurants. FDA’s National Retail Food Team will continue to work with stakeholders, such as the National Restaurant Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants, restaurant chain companies and state restaurant associations in addressing food safety behaviors/practices in need of attention...

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Nov 7 2:29 PM, General News


FDA to Make More Robust Use of Mandatory Recall Authority 

The Following Statement is Attributed to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

Hazardous foods or potentially contaminated products can expose Americans to foodborne illness that can sometimes be life threatening. Our nation depends on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that the foods they buy are safe. Therefore, when issues arise that would put consumers at risk, we won’t hesitate to mandate the removal of a product from the market using the full extent of our authorities. It’s our responsibility. And it’s critical to our mission to ensure the safety of Americans.

Over the course of this year I’ve announced several new policy changes that...

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Nov 6 8:07 AM, General News


NCC Statement on CDC Investigation of Salmonella Infantis

Attributable to Tom Super, National Chicken Council spokesperson:

“We are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating illnesses attributed to Salmonella Infantis, reported in multiple states over the last six months.”

The CDC says epidemiological evidence suggests raw chicken products and raw chicken pet food are possible sources. No specific product, brand, facility or company has been linked to the illnesses, nor is the CDC recommending consumers stop eating chicken.

“The chicken industry is cooperating fully with the CDC and USDA in their investigation...

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Oct 18 10:22 AM, General News




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