17,252 confirmed cases of food poisoning in 2006 in US
The CDC today released its preliminary 2006 food-borne illness data from 10 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee. A total of 17,252 confirmed cases (actual cases may be anywhere between 20 and 30 times the confirmed cases) of food-borne illness were reported in those states in 2006, according to the CDC.
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Ten foodborne pathogens
Article010.com posted an article about ten foodborne pathogens. The list, which was compiled by author Terry Nicholls. He goes on to describe pathogens, or bacteria and viruses that cause human illness, and different foods that pathogens have been found in, including raw milk and other dairy products, meat, and fresh produce. He also mentions measures that can aid in reducing foodborne illness, such as hand washing, temperature control, and using separate cutting boards for potentially dangerous foods and foods that will not be cooked again, such as fresh produce.…
Food poisoning: Medical Microbiology
The Medical Microbiology blog has a post on general diagnosis of urinary tract infection, enterocolitis, and foodborne illness. What they have to say about food poisoning is:
Food is an important mode of transmission of infectious diarrhea. Bacterial enters the food chain from animal infections, from poor hygiene during butchering, improper cleaning of storage and
Food-borne bacteria evolving, becoming more dangerous
USA Today reports that the first rule of public health is one most of us learn in kindergarten: Don’t eat poop.
But that’s what the people were eating who were struck down with E. coli in the late summer outbreak tied to bagged spinach, California health officials now say.
There was deadly E. coli O157:H7…
‘Stomach flu’ can be serious
Doctors call it "acute gastroenteritis." To many other people, it’s "stomach flu" (though real influenza is a respiratory, not digestive, illness). Whatever you call it, a sudden illness involving diarrhea, vomiting or both is a miserable thing. And occasionally — as demonstrated by the recent deaths linked to E. coli-tainted spinach — it can…
Putting the wash before the cart
The an article in today’s Star Tribune reports the grocery cart you’re putting your food, handbag and toddler into is full of germs.
Consider the handle. It’s been touched by untold numbers of hands that have changed diapers, mopped up runny noses, picked up packages of raw chicken and meat, and been coughed on, sneezed…
From farm to fork: The food safety system
CTV.ca News this morning published an article on foodborne illness, where it comes from, and how to avoid it.
"Recent cases of food-borne illness raise questions not only about farming practices and government regulations, but also what steps consumers need take to ensure their own safety.
For years, North Americans have heard food safety
Tests show Nunes lettuce OK, but Mexico bans U.S. imports
The Monterey Herald reports that Mexico is banning U.S. imports. More countries to follow?
Mexico’s Department of Health announced Monday that the country’s 105 ports of entry would block all U.S. lettuce from coming through the border as a result of Nunes Co.’s precautionary recall.
The family-run company recalled the lettuce after water from a
Food illnesses decline, CDC reports
Marilynn Marchione, a medical writer for the Associated Press, reports that despite the recent E. coli spinach outbreak, food may be safer now than at any other time in the last decade, with illness occurring at record-low rates, new federal statistics show.
Consumers get part of the credit, for handling food more safely at home, but experts say the biggest improvement came from better industry controls and inspections.
However, the trend could reverse in coming years if fruit and vegetable growers do not address problems like those that led to the spinach scare.
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration lifted its warning on spinach except for specific brands packaged on certain dates. Consumers should continue to avoid spinach recalled by Natural Selection Foods LLC of San Juan Bautista and four companies that it supplied.
The recall covered 34 brands bearing "Best if Used By" dates of Aug. 17 through Oct. 1, so most of it is thought to be out of the food supply now.
The spinach sickened 187 people in 26 states, hospitalized 97 of them and killed one. Outbreaks typically are far larger than the number of lab-confirmed cases reported to federal officials.
Germs in food make 76 million Americans sick, send 323,000 to hospitals and kill 5,000 each year, the CDC estimates.…