July 2012

Chicks073112-map.jpgA total of 76 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 22 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (9), Iowa (2), Kansas (10), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (2), Missouri (24)

cantaloupedangling-406-thumb-320x197-11031.jpgOn Saturday, Burch Farms of North Carolina announced a recall of Athena cantaloupes because the product may contain listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, according to Burch Farms.

Hannaford, including both Bedford locations, is advising customers because its stores had carried Burch Farms Athena cantaloupes. The product has been removed. Athena

The Washington Post’s Dina ElBoghdady must not have had a busy social calendar this Summer weekend if she was stalking the pages of FoodNet for the latest in foodborne illness trends. Her story, “Food-borne illnesses not diminishing” which ran this morning on the Post’s website, I caught while sneaking a peak on my forbidden iPhone

The CDC just released its final report on this ongoing outbreak.

A total of 425 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly (410 persons) or Salmonella Nchanga (15 persons) were reported from 28 states and the District of Columbia. 55 ill persons were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported.

Collaborative investigation efforts of

Peggy O’Farrell of the Dayton Daily News has become the latest in two decades of reporters who are thrust into the middle of yet another E. coli outbreak. This one, as she reports today, “claimed its first fatality Tuesday, a longtime area school superintendent known for his dedication to children. Lowell Draffen, 73, of Germantown,

Hamburger.jpgAccording to the CDC today, the number of ill linked to ground beef produced by Cargill held steady. A total of 33 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 7 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Maine (1), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire

vlcsnap-2012-07-09-16h08m00s102_20120709160825_320_240.PNGAccording to Dayton Daily News, one of the victims, 73-year old man, of an E. coli outbreak linked to a July 3 picnic in Germantown has died, health officials said this morning.

UPDATE:  According to WDTN, Lowell Draffen, former superintendent of a handful of area school districts died Monday night.  Draffen served as superintendent at