Spotting a Foodborne Illness

Earlier this month, health officials warned that shoppers at a Costco store in Lynwood, Washington had become sick after consuming the rotisserie chicken salad. In this blog we’ll dive into some of the details of foodborne illness and considerations for bringing a case after consuming a contaminated product. It seems like every month there is… Learn More »

Poison Control: One Thing You Should Know

Car accidents used to be the number one cause of accidental death in the U.S.; now that dubious distinction goes to unintentional poisoning.* Poisonings are a common occurrence – about 10 million occur in the U.S. every year.  Children and older adults are more likely to have poison accident, and more likely to be seriously… Learn More »

Norovirus hits Oregon nursing homes

An Ashland, Oregon nursing home has reported a suspected outbreak of norovirus among staff and residents. Linda Vista in Jackson County has notified the Oregon Department of Health, but is downplaying the incident, according to Ashland Daily Tidings. Clatsop County’s Public Health Department is also investigating claims of norovirus in local elder care facilities. Norovirus… Learn More »

Can Eating Raw Cookie Dough Cause Illness from E. Coli?

Who doesn't love to lick raw cookie dough off baking utensils? However, it may be time to start thinking twice about this favorite pastime after new research has found that the cause of a 2009 multi-state E. coli outbreak that causes 77 people in 30 states to become ill (and over 50% to be hospitalized)… Learn More »

What Should You Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Practicing good food safety habits is the best way to avoid foodborne illnesses. So with Thanksgiving now a pleasant memory, the question becomes – what to do with all the leftovers? Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic, advises eating refrigerated turkey within four days. Freeze leftovers you want to keep longer. She also… Learn More »

Norovirus Outbreak in Washington Traced to Oysters from Korea

Last Friday, the FDA reported that ASSI-branded frozen oysters from Korea had been linked to a norovirus outbreak in Washington state. The oysters were served in a Washington state restaurant and eaten by three people who became ill and tested positive for norovirus. Norovirus causes gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines). The most common… Learn More »

California Firm Announces Large Beef Recall Due to E. Coli Contamination

Yesterday, Commercial Meat Company, a Los Angeles, California firm, announced a recall of approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled beef products included bulk ground beef, ground beef patties, ground beef taco, and ground beef chili . The products subject to recall were produced between… Learn More »

USDA Announces New Policy to Safeguard Against E. Coli Food Contamination

Consistent with its more proactive approach to food safety announced last year stressing prevention rather than reaction, the U.S Department of Agriculture today announced new steps to protect the nation's food supply from E. Coli bacteria. Specifically, six additional strains of E. coli bacteria (O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 and O145) will be declared adulterants… Learn More »

Safety Tips to Protect Against Foodborne Illness at Tailgate Parties

With fall comes football, and with football comes tailgate parties. The United States Department of Agriculture recently published a list of safety guidelines to help participants in tailgate parties avoid foodborne illnesses: Keep hands clean: chefs and guests should wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food. If… Learn More »

Oregon Strawberries Traced to Deadly E. coli Outbreak

Oregon public health officials traced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to strawberries grown at Jaquith Strawberry Farm , a medium-sized strawberry producer in rural Washington County, Oregon. According to a news release from the Oregon Health Authority: E. coli is a common inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless. But E. coli… Learn More »