According to local press reports, the DuPage County Health Department is staffing its call center throughout the weekend to keep tabs on the rising number of gastrointestinal illnesses being reported from a Subway restaurant in Lombard.

Four more cases of shigellosis were confirmed Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases caused by the outbreak

The Food Safety Bill is being debated on Capitol Hill as I write this post.  Hopefully the human cost of foodborne illness will weigh on our Representatives’ minds as they vote.  The folks below have been involved.  They have visited Washington DC, met with members and have testified.

Lindsey Jennings (below, center) was a healthy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year 76 million – or one out of every four – Americans are sickened as a result of consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Some become seriously ill; 325,000 require hospitalization and 5,000 die. Older adults, young children, and those who have weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
More than 250 different foodborne diseases have been identified. Most of these diseases are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Foods that are contaminated with poisonous chemicals or harmful substances can also cause illness. Symptoms of foodborne illness vary by disease but the most common are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.Continue Reading Foodborne Illness