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Spotting a Foodborne Illness
Friday, November 4th, 2016

Earlier this month, health officials warned that shoppers at a Costco store in Lynwood, Washington had become sick after consuming the rotisserie chicken salad. In this blog we’ll dive into some of the details of foodborne illness and considerations for bringing a case after consuming a contaminated product. It seems like every month there is […]

47 Million Pounds of Meat and Chicken Products Recalled In Oregon, Nationwide
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The recall of meat and vegetable products potentially contaminated with Listeria expanded this past week, with 47 million more pounds of meat and poultry products added to the list. The products were sold in Oregon as well as across the nation. The products, which are “not ready to eat”, were recalled from Costco, Trader Joe’s […]

Norovirus hits Oregon nursing homes
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

An Ashland, Oregon nursing home has reported a suspected outbreak of norovirus among staff and residents. Linda Vista in Jackson County has notified the Oregon Department of Health, but is downplaying the incident, according to Ashland Daily Tidings. Clatsop County’s Public Health Department is also investigating claims of norovirus in local elder care facilities. Norovirus […]

Can Eating Raw Cookie Dough Cause Illness from E. Coli?
Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Who doesn't love to lick raw cookie dough off baking utensils? However, it may be time to start thinking twice about this favorite pastime after new research has found that the cause of a 2009 multi-state E. coli outbreak that causes 77 people in 30 states to become ill (and over 50% to be hospitalized) […]

What Should You Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Practicing good food safety habits is the best way to avoid foodborne illnesses. So with Thanksgiving weekend now a pleasant memory, the question becomes – what to do with all the leftovers? Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic, advises eating refrigerated turkey within four days. Freeze leftovers you want to keep longer. She […]

Norovirus Outbreak in Washington Traced to Oysters from Korea
Monday, November 7th, 2011

Last Friday, the FDA reported that ASSI-branded frozen oysters from Korea had been linked to a norovirus outbreak in Washington state. The oysters were served in a Washington state restaurant and eaten by three people who became ill and tested positive for norovirus. Norovirus causes gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines). The most common […]

California Firm Announces Large Beef Recall Due to E. Coli Contamination
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Yesterday, Commercial Meat Company, a Los Angeles, California firm, announced a recall of approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled beef products included bulk ground beef, ground beef patties, ground beef taco, and ground beef chili . The products subject to recall were produced between […]

USDA Announces New Policy to Safeguard Against E. Coli Food Contamination
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Consistent with its more proactive approach to food safety announced last year stressing prevention rather than reaction, the U.S Department of Agriculture today announced new steps to protect the nation's food supply from E. Coli bacteria. Specifically, six additional strains of E. coli bacteria (O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 and O145) will be declared adulterants […]

Safety Tips to Protect Against Foodborne Illness at Tailgate Parties
Saturday, September 10th, 2011

With fall comes football, and with football comes tailgate parties. The United States Department of Agriculture recently published a list of safety guidelines to help participants in tailgate parties avoid foodborne illnesses: Keep hands clean: chefs and guests should wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food. If […]

Oregon Strawberries Traced to Deadly E. coli Outbreak
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Oregon public health officials traced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to strawberries grown at Jaquith Strawberry Farm , a medium-sized strawberry producer in rural Washington County, Oregon. According to a news release from the Oregon Health Authority: E. coli is a common inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless. But E. coli […]