An update was announced today on the DuPage County Health Department’s investigation into the Shigella outbreak stemming from the still-closed Subway restaurant located in Lombard, Illinois.  The number of confirmed cases of Shigella now stands at 78, with 11 of those injured requiring hospitalization.

According to the article in today’s Nation’s Restaurant News, "Dave Hass

tomatoDuring 2005–2006, four large multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with eating raw tomatoes at restaurants occurred in the United States. The four outbreaks resulted in 459 culture-confirmed cases of salmonellosis in 21 states (Figure). This report describes the epidemiologic, environmental, and laboratory investigations into these four outbreaks by state and local health departments, national food safety agencies, and CDC. The results of these investigations determined that the tomatoes had been supplied to restaurants either whole or precut from tomato fields in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. These recurrent, large, multistate outbreaks emphasize the need to prevent Salmonella contamination of tomatoes early in the production and packing process. Current knowledge of mechanisms for tomato contamination and methods of eradication of Salmonella in tomatoes is incomplete; the agricultural industry, food safety agencies, and public health agencies should make tomato-safety research a priority.Continue Reading Multistate Outbreaks of Salmonella Infections Associated with Raw Tomatoes Eaten in Restaurants — United States, 2005–2006

Health officials confirm a 12th case of E. coli and learn an employee also tested positive

Mary Ann Milbourn of the Orange County Register reported this morning that the restaurant in Foothill Ranch has been closed after a 12th case of E. coli was confirmed among customers and one employee tested positive for the bacteria

Hoss's Steak and Sea HouseAllegheny County officials might know by week’s end whether bacteria sickened 20 people attending a Nov. 18 birthday party at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Pleasant Hills.

The health department is testing a cake taken to the restaurant for the party, as well as vegetables — such as broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and green

soul foodA popular city restaurant that catered a United Illuminated event at which at least 19 people got sick is off the hook as a source of the pesky pathogen, city health experts said Wednesday.

"None of the lab results indicate that the food served at the event was the source," said Bill Quinn, the city

The Aspen Daily News reports that state and city environmental health officials have been unable to determine what caused 32 people to fall ill after dining at Aspen restaurant L’Hostaria two weeks ago, although tests have shown that whatever caused it most likely wasn’t related to the food.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and

Justin Kroll of The State News reports that with recent health issues at Bravo Cucina Italiana, 2970 Towne Centre Blvd., and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 6540 W. Saginaw Hwy., the health department and local restaurants assure they take customer safety seriously.
Bravo closed for business Thursday night after more than 200 people contacted the Ingham County Health Department saying they had experienced flu-like symptoms after eating at the restaurant.Continue Reading Eateries address sanitation concerns reports that since this past Thursday when news of a foodborne illness spread, the phone lines and website of the Ingham County Health Department have been busy.
“We’re still inputting data. So the numbers may rise. But what we’re asking for now is if they’re still interested in reporting that they provide the day and time they ate at Bravo’s and also when the onset of illness began.”
According to Natasha Davidson, of the Ingham County Health Department, the gastrointestinal outbreak happened after customers ate at Bravo Italian Cucina in the Eastwood Towne Center sometime between May 3rd and 11th. But the cause of the illness is still up in the air.Continue Reading Update on foodborne illness: No cause yet in restaurant outbreak