food poisoning outbreak

Public health officials in North Carolina have not been able to identify the foodborne pathogen that sickened at least 76 people who attended a Force Protection Industries plant dedication in Roxboro.  The cause of the food poisoning outbreak has thus far been narrowed down to pork loin and/or pasta vegetable salad, according to an article

The Seattle Times reported today that 300 detainees being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma/Pierce County became ill with food poisoning Sunday night.  Some workers at the facility also fell ill with symptoms of food poisoning, including diarrhea and vomiting.  The Times’ report on the outbreak included the following:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The Cedar Heights Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner that is open to all church members as well as the general public.

The 2004 dinner was prepared and delivered to the church by the Hy-Vee grocery store located on University Avenue in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The consisted of turkey meat, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, coffee, milk, lemonade, rolls, and butter. Approximately 750 meals were served at the dinner, including approximately 140 delivered to homes by church volunteers.

The first report of illness came on the morning of Monday, November 29, 2004. The Black Hawk County Health Department received a complaint from a mother and her two children that they experienced watery diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps approximately ten hours after consuming the church-provided meal. Based on this information, the health department initiated an outbreak investigation and contacted the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology for assistance.Continue Reading Hyvee Clostridium perfringens food poisoning outbreak

More than a hundred people are still in hospital in Harbin following a mass food poisoning incident which proved fatal for a 77 year-old patient.  The incident occurred on Monday at the Heilongjiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, the provincial capital.  According to Song Chunhua, deputy chief of criminal investigation at the

Roostertail banquet in DetroitDetroit Free Press reports that local health authorities are investigating reports that at least 30 people attending a banquet last week at Detroit’s Roostertail banquet facility got sick afterward with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the state health department confirmed Wednesday.

The reports came from a banquet for 370 people last Thursday, said Lasher.

The state

baby shower foodThe Saginaw News (Michigan) reports that Saginaw County’s lead health official has confirmed that a gastrointestinal illness that struck a group of people in Frankenmuth stemmed from a baby shower at the Frankenmuth Credit Union.

Dr. Neill Varner, Department of Public Health medical director and acting health officer, disclosed the information today, but only after

Sham Shui PoThe Health and Community News reports that the Centre for Health Protection is investigating a suspected food poisoning case involving 10 women who fell sick after consuming take-away food from a restaurant in Sham Shui Po and home-made food.

The patients, aged 26 to 55, developed stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever from about

China food poisoning deathPeople’s Daily reports that Chinese experts warned here Sunday that foodborne diseases rather than chemical pollutants are the top menace to the food safety of Chinese consumers.

Liu Xiumei, a research fellow with the Food Safety Institute of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that foodborne disease threats were expanding in China.

The New Haven Register reports that at least 15 people were hospitalized with nausea, cramps and vomiting Wednesday after a catered lunch at the United Illuminating Co. on Church Street.

Four other people became ill but declined to go to the hospital, said city Fire Department EMS Supervisor Abe Colon. Inside the Connecticut Financial Center