Friday, June 11, 2010

Outbreaks and Alerts: June 11, 2010

A daily digest of international outbreaks, alerts and food safety news

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United States
  • Erie, PA. June 10: Nunzi's Place, a restaurant on Erie's east side, has been closed temporarily after eight customers developed salmonellosis. Nunzi's aced its April 2010 inspection by the Erie County Department of Health, demonstrating clearly that a food safety inspection is no better than a snapshot of the health status of a restaurant.
  • Whatcom County, WA. June 10: The Washington State Department of Health has closed all Whatcom County beaches to shellfish harvesting because of the presence of shellfish biotoxins in the water.
  • Springfield, IL. June 11, 2010: The Subway Salmonella Hvittingfoss outbreak has grown to include 75 confirmed cases in 23 Illinois counties.

  • France. June 10: The national Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that was traced to dried sausages from Salaisons du Lignon has grown to 92 cases, of which 32 have been confirmed. The 32 confirmed cases are from 23 different d├ępartements in France. Nine of the 32 lab-confirmed victims have been hospitalized.

Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia. June 11: An elderly resident of a Melbourne nursing home has died of heart failure after having been admitted to Melbourne's Epworth Hospital. On admission, the patient already was suffering from an infection with the virulent "Quebec strain" of Clostridium difficile.

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