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2009-03-02 14:03:47

A U.S. study suggests health officials investigating salmonella illnesses consider untreated river surface water as a possible source of contamination. University of Georgia researchers tested water in rivers and streams in an area of Georgia known for its high rate of sporadic salmonella cases. The team found the bacteria in 79 percent of water samples, with the highest concentrations and the greatest diversity of strains occurring during the summer and after rainfall. Streams are not...

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2009-02-25 13:35:00

Health officials said on Tuesday that an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning traced to peanut products has sickened 666 people and is continuing despite one of the biggest food recalls in U.S. history, Reuters reported. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that the outbreak of salmonella is still only linked to nine deaths, so far. The CDC statement said: "To date, 19 clusters of infections in five states have been reported in schools and other...

2009-02-24 16:43:47

A University of Minnesota study finds confidence in food safety dropped about 20 percentage points in wake of the recent peanut product contamination. After January's national salmonella outbreak of peanut products 22.5 percent of consumers in the study -- conducted jointly with the Louisiana State University AgCenter -- said they were confident the U.S. food supply is safer than a year ago. Eight people died and more than 500 have become ill in the most recent outbreak, which may have...

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2009-02-20 07:05:00

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of Americans suffer from food poisoning each year, though few of those instances are linked to high-profile outbreaks."Outbreaks are dramatic instances," says Dr. Robert Tauxe of the CDC. But according to experts, they highlight a health threat that most people misunderstand.Researchers have found more than 250 food-related illnesses, ranging from bacteria to parasites.  Some are similar to the Norwalk...

2009-02-17 08:52:46

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the list of companies recalling possibly contaminated products containing peanuts is still growing. The FDA said the Peanut Corp. of America, which filed for bankruptcy last week, supplied the peanuts, peanut butter and peanut paste used in the recalled products that are believed to be linked to more than 500 salmonella-related illnesses and nine deaths. Among the latest recalls were: --The Heavenly Candy Co.: Peanut Bliss-brand and Heavenly...

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2009-02-06 13:20:00

Possibly contaminated peanut butter and other foods were shipped by the Agriculture Department to schools in at least three states under a contract with the Georgia peanut company at fault for a nationwide salmonella outbreak. According to an AP report, as of Thursday, all business with the company had been stopped, as officials defended their efforts to halt the outbreak that has sickened at least 575 people in 43 states. At least eight have died. With more than 1,300 possibly contaminated...

2009-02-04 10:51:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- So far more than 500 cases of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported. Many of these cases have required hospitalization. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed that the sources of this outbreak are peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA sells peanuts, peanut butter, peanut paste, peanut granules and peanut meal, all...

2009-02-02 14:52:00

YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's call today for a top-to-bottom review of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is good news for consumers, according to Consumers Union (CU), the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. CU said the recall of two years' worth of production from a peanut butter factory in Georgia underlines critical weaknesses in the FDA's inspection and enforcement capacity. CU called on Congress to require FDA to inspect such...

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2009-01-31 08:10:00

Friday, after disclosing new details about the discovery of contaminated peanuts sent abroad by the same plant linked to a national salmonella outbreak, the government opened a criminal investigation, according to federal officials. Stephen Sundlof, head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center, said that the Justice Department will join FDA investigators in looking into possible criminal violations.  The Peanut Corp. of America plant shipped allegedly tainted products of...

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2009-01-30 11:30:00

Christopher Meunier, a 7 year old child, woke up in November with a high fever, bloody diarrhea and was vomiting. "He was just in screaming pain," his mother, Gabrielle Meunier, told the New York Times. "He said, "ËœIt hurts so bad, I want to die' "” something you don't expect to hear out of a 7-year-old's mouth." Christopher had salmonella poisoning, caused by consuming peanut butter or peanut products produced at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga. The...