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Turkey Salmonella Lawsuit – Jennie-O Recall

The Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products for pets and humans has expanded to include 279 cases in 41 states. One person in California has died, 107 people have been hospitalized. If you were sickened in this outbreak, you…

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Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella Risk from Seed and Nut Butters

Recent Recalls and Outbreaks Highlight Risk Almond, Cashew, Macadamia, Soynut, Sunflower, Peanut Butter and Tahini A spate of recent recalls and outbreaks linked to butters made from nuts and seeds highlights the risk that some of these products pose. Contamination can…

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Electrical Fire Risk Increases in Winter Months

The risk of electrical fire in residential settings increases during winter months, according to a recent study by the U.S. Fire Administration.  Thirty-two percent of the 24,000 electrical fires that occurred during that time period took place during the months of…

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Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Timeline

Three Lettuce E. coli Outbreaks in 11 Months Eight days ago, federal health officials announced that romaine lettuce had been linked to a multistate E. coli outbreak, the third such outbreak to occur within the last 11 months, according to the…

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Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Doubles in Size, Again

For the second since it was announced on October 4, 2018, the ground beef Salmonella outbreak has doubled in size. The beef products were produced by JBS Tolleson Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, and sold under a variety of brand names at…

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Are Honey-Filled Pacifiers the Source of Texas Infant Botulism Cases?

Four cases of infant botulism in Texas may be associated with pacifiers containing honey, according to a safety alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All four infants used pacifiers containing honey purchased in Mexico before they became ill. But…

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Turkey Salmonella Outbreak: A Timeline of Key Events

A Salmonella outbreak linked to turkey products has sickened dozens of people nationwide. The outbreak has an unusually high hospitalization rate. One person has died. One recall, for Jennie-O ground turkey, has been issued, but others may follow as the…

Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Map 11/8/18
Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Turns Deadly, 63 Hospitalized

A Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products has sickened 164 people in 35 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sixty-three people needed hospitalization, one person from California has died. “This is…

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Austin Residents Grieve and Worry After Fatal House Explosion

Residents of a South Austin neighborhood are mourning the loss of Nicole Burton, 44, who died from injuries she sustained in a house explosion on October 27, 2018. A buildup of gas caused by damage to a gas line at a…

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Wake Robin Shigella Outbreak Sickens 67 in Shelburne, Vermont

Health officials are investigating a shigellosis outbreak at the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne, VT, according to the state health department. Sixty-seven people have reported symptoms consistent with a Shigella infection, according to a VTDigger report. All of them…

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Duncan Hines Cake Mix Salmonella Recall, Illnesses May Be Related

Five illnesses may be related to a Duncan Hines cake mix Salmonella recall, according to a Conagra recall notice posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. The recall includes specific lots of Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow cakes mixes. Consumers…

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Greenwood, SC Explosion Injures 3 Adults, 2 Children

Three adults and two children were injured in an apartment explosion in Greenwood, SC on November 4. One of the children suffered a skull fracture and at least one of the adults was airlifted to the JMS Burn Center in…