The Tacoma/Pierce County Department of Health updated the El Toro Norovirus outbreak this afternoon.

As of today, the Health Department has a total of 542 cases—520 from the Tacoma location and 22 suspect cases from the University Place location. We have a lab confirmation of norovirus from the…

Evershing International Trading Company is recalling Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, 16 oz., because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune system.…

Botulism

Botulism is a rare but potentially life-threatening bacterial illness. Clostridium Botulinum bacteria grows on food and produces toxins that, when ingested, cause paralysis. Botulism poisoning is extremely rare, but so dangerous that each case is considered a public health emergency. Studies have shown that there is a…

The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are:

1.  Norovirus

Norovirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, or what we commonly think of as stomach flu symptoms. It causes 23 million cases of gastroenteritis per year, or over half of…

The Timeline:

The week started with 41 reports of ill diners, which led to the closure of El Toro in Tacoma’s Westgate neighborhood Monday.

The restaurant reopened Tuesday after sanitizing and taking other preventive measures.

By Wednesday, reports of ill customers had extended to its sister restaurant in University…

E. coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacteria that live in human and animal intestines. Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli, or STECs, are responsible for most food-related E. coliinfections. E. coli O157:H7 and other STECs like E. coli O145 and E. coli O121:H19 produce a toxin called…

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is the only common foodborne disease preventable by vaccine. It is one of five hepatitis viruses that infect the liver. While hepatitis B and C can turn into chronic hepatitis, hepatitis A generally does not; although it can lead to liver failure and death.

Hepatitis…

Norovirus

Norovirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, or what we commonly think of as stomach flu symptoms. It causes 23 million cases of gastroenteritis per year, or over half of all gastroenteritis cases in the U.S., and is the second most common virus after the common cold.

Norovirus…