Public Health: Are We Too Slow?
One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. This is something public health professionals have been doing for over a hundred Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Thinking About Keeping Live Poultry?
An increasing number of people around the country are choosing to keep live poultry, such as chickens or ducks. Along with the benefits of backyard chickens and other poultry, it is important to consider the risk of illness, especially for children, which can result from handling live poultry or anything in the area where they Read More >Posted on by 34 Comments
Cheesy Chicken & Rice Recall: A Successful Outbreak Investigation
I know it is summer when a quick review of our foodborne outbreak watch board shows four multistate outbreak investigations: Salmonella Chester, Salmonella Baildon, Salmonella Hartford, and E. coli O157 due to contaminated bison meat products. Outbreak investigations play a key role in preventing foodborne diseases and often help public health officials identify areas for Read More >Posted on by 6 Comments
Food-borne Outbreaks Caused By Ingredients: Would You Like Some Pepper With That?
I often discuss the globalization and complexity of our food supply to highlight both the wonderful diversity of our yummy foodstuffs but also the challenges from contamination. Recently, architectural students in California provided a vivid example when they deconstructed a taco from a street-vendor to see the origin of each of the ingredients (see Read More >Posted on by 1 Comment
Ingredient Driven Outbreaks: The Inside is Bigger than the Outside
The current Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak associated with a peanut processing plant in Blakely, Georgia, appears to have begun in September 2008, and was first detected in mid-November 2008 by DNA fingerprinting of Salmonella in public health labs across the country [last blog link]. The broad distribution of peanut butter and peanut paste shipped to food Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Investigation: Do Not Try This at Home
The Enteric Diseases programs at CDC have been collaborating with state public health officials, the USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multi-state outbreak of human infections due to Salmonella serotype Typhimurium affecting almost 400 persons. There are numerous interesting features of this outbreak that Read More >Posted on by 3 Comments