IMG_0022.jpgHauser_A01_CD01VICTIMS~p1.JPGYesterday I wrote “The Deadly 2011 Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak – My View Part 6 – Conclusion.”  This was my conclusion to a six part series on the deadly listeria cantaloupe outbreak.  At the time that the CDC completed its investigation in early December 2011, only thirty deaths were reported: Colorado (8), Indiana (1), Kansas (3)

The CDC as of yesterday has linked a total of 22 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes from 7 states.  All illnesses started on or after August 15, 2011. The number of infected persons identified in each state is as follows:  Colorado (12), Indiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (1)

vitor-belfort1.jpgAccording to press report, in a series of Twitter messages issued today, former UFC champion and recent contender Vitor Belfort (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) revealed that he has contracted hepatitis A – a “moderately” serious infection caused by contaminated food or water that’s often mistaken for the flu.

The illness will keep Belfort from cornering

The Food Safety Act of 2010 (an amalgam of S. 510, with Tester/Hagen Amendment, and H.B. 2749) was quietly signed into law by President Obama, along with a few dozen other bills, upon his return from Christmas and New Years in Hawaii. The quiet signing ceremony of legislation that passed overwhelmingly in both Houses, albeit,

Linda Rivera, an E. coli O157:H7 victim, was told today to consider a liver transplant and to ask if her three boys would be the donors.  Linda, who Senator Reid profiled several times in the fight for the food safety bill, has remained hospitalized since May of 2009.  Medical bills to date are over $5,000,000.

As we tend to do frequently, we have been in the process of updating our “about” sites (today if you “google” e. coli, the site is No 2).  I must admit updating several “about” sites yearly is an ongoing project involving several experts in the field as well as the lawyers and staff in our