July 2007

We have been investigating several potential cases of botulism after receiving calls and emails from around the country over the last several days.  Given the widespread reach of the potentially contaminated product, and how poor the recall has been done, the fact the the number of ill has been rising is not surprising.  Confirmed

State health officials announce that a middle age woman from San Diego County has been diagnosed with botulism. Authorities are trying to determine if the 51-year-old San Diego County woman’s illness was caused by consuming a Castleberry product.

Health officials said Friday in a news release that the sickened woman reported buying and eating

According to the Chicago Department of Health, as of noon today, a total of 757 people have reported that they became ill after they ate food purchased from the Pars Cove booth—up from the 749 reported Tuesday.  One hundred forty-six of the 757 are laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonellosis, with more results pending—up from the 133

Custom Pack, Inc., a Hastings, Neb., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,920 pounds of ground beef and buffalo products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

* 10-pound bags of “CUSTOM PACK, INC., GROUND BEEF.”