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3 Dead After Community Thanksgiving Meal

But it's unclear whether the dinner is to blame

(Newser) - Three people died and another five were hospitalized after a community Thanksgiving dinner in Antioch, Calif., but health authorities can't say for sure whether the meal is to blame. One other leading theory: All eight lived at the same nursing facility and might have consumed something there that made... More »

Family Can't Escape Vicious Food-Poisoning Cycle

Turkish family also poisoned their guests

(Newser) - You can forgive friends of the Erdal family if they skip the next dinner invitation. After four members of the family in northern Turkey suffered food poisoning severe enough to land them in a hospital for a week, they decided to throw a "gratitude dinner" to celebrate their recovery.... More »

Don't Wash Your Spinach? You May Not Want to Read This

Even if you do wash, bad news for you

(Newser) - If you don't wash the pre-washed spinach you buy from the store, you may want to stop reading. Actually, even if you do wash your spinach, you still may want to stop here. According to new findings by food safety researchers out of the University of California, Riverside , bacteria... More »

Drug-Resistant Diarrhea Bug Spreads in US

Shigella strain resists common treatment of Cipro

(Newser) - Travelers from overseas have brought back an unwelcome present for us all: a particularly rough stomach bug that is now spreading across the US. Bonus: This strain of Shigella is resistant to the go-to antibiotic in such cases, ciprofloxacin, or Cipro. A CDC report says the agency has tracked 243... More »

3 Foods That the Experts Won't Touch

And other food-safety tips to keep your July 4th rolling

(Newser) - Nothing can put a damper on your July 4th barbecue like rain—except maybe food safety experts, some of whom give USA Today pointers on how to avoid celebrations that end with you running for the bathroom. Doug Powell of the aptly-named barfblog.com starts with a few foods he... More »

Food Safety Conference Hit by ... Food Poisoning

Maryland officials investigating outbreak at summit

(Newser) - Irony alert: Maryland health officials suspect that food poisoning sickened more than 100 attendees of a national conference about, yes, food safety, reports Reuters . Representatives of the FDA, the CDC, and food giants such as McDonald's and ConAgra attended the April 8-10 summit at the Baltimore Convention Center, and... More »

Food Poisoning May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Study suggests that a toxin plays a role

(Newser) - Scientists still don't know what causes multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests that a particular strain of food poisoning may play a role, reports the BBC . The food bacterium in question is called Clostridium perfringens, which NBC News notes is responsible for millions of cases of foodborne illnesses per... More »

Hundreds Sick After Eating ... Salad?

Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa and Nebraska traced back to prepackaged salad mix

(Newser) - Hundreds of people in Iowa and Nebraska are suffering from a stomach bug , and health officials think they've found the culprit: lettuce. A prepackaged salad mix has been linked to an outbreak of cyclospora, hitting at least 145 in Iowa and 78 in Nebraska, reports the AP . The salad... More »

Powerful Pesticide Killed Kids in India

It was five times stronger than commercial levels, say police

(Newser) - Forensic tests have explained why so many kids at a rural school in India died so quickly after eating lunch : The agricultural pesticide found in their food was five times more powerful than usual, reports the Wall Street Journal . Police bought a bottle of pesticide containing the chemical compound monocrotophos—... More »

Free School Lunch Kills 22 Kids in India

Insecticides thought to be the cause

(Newser) - A horrible story out of India: At least 22 children between the ages of 8 and 12 are dead after eating a free school lunch yesterday; more than two dozen others were hospitalized after eating the rice, soybean and potato curry, which is believed to have been tainted with insecticides,... More »

Canadian Sisters Found Dead in Thai Hotel Room

Police suspect pair were accidentally poisoned

(Newser) - Two Canadian sisters have been found dead in their hotel room on Phi Phi Island, Thailand, and investigators suspect poisoning, reports the New York Daily News . Audrey and Noemi Belanger, a 20-year-old and a 26-year-old from Quebec, checked into the Phi Phi Palms Residence hotel on Tuesday and were not... More »

KFC Ordered to Pay $8.3M to Poisoned Girl

Monika Samaan got salmonella after meal

(Newser) - A judge has ordered KFC to pay an Australian family $8.3 million after their daughter was poisoned and suffered brain damage after eating at the fast-food chain. Her lawyer says Monika Samaan contracted salmonella in 2005 after eating a Twister chicken wrap and fell into a six-month coma; she... More »

55K Pounds of Turkey Burgers Recalled

Jennie-O burgers may be contaminated with salmonella

(Newser) - Bad news: That package of Jennie-O turkey burgers you bought because you were trying to be healthy just might be contaminated with salmonella. Worse news: The strain of salmonella in question is "resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics," the pleasantly-named Food Poison Journal reports. Jennie-O Turkey Store is... More »

On Food Safety, We Need That Old 'Poison Squad' Spirit

Crusaders of old were willing to risk their lives

(Newser) - Ho-hum: Alfalfa sprouts sickened nearly 150 people earlier this month. Sadly, we've come to expect these kinds of outbreaks, writes Deborah Blum in Slate . What we need is a modern-day Harvey Washington Wiley, she suggests. He's the USDA scientist who created high-profile "poison squads" in the early 1900s, in... More »

Beware Salsa, Guacamole: Food Safety Experts

Made in big batches and left sitting out, dips can cause trouble

(Newser) - As guacamole and salsa become more popular, they also account for a rising number of cases of food poisoning, new statistics show. The dips once represented 1.5% of foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants and delis, but between 1998 and 2008, that fraction climbed to nearly 4%. Part of the... More »

Tiger Woods' Mother-In-Law Out of Hospital

Her daughters had dinner with her, blame food poisoning

(Newser) - Tiger Woods' mother-in-law seems to be recovered from the episode that saw her rushed to the hospital last night. Barbro Holmberg has been released and is resting at one of Tiger's houses. She went out to dinner last night with daughter Elin Nordegren and Elin's twin sister, then woke in... More »

E. Coli Outbreak in Northeast Ground Beef Kills 2

NY company recalls more than 500K pounds

(Newser) - A person each from Maine and New York has died in what authorities believe may be an outbreak of E. coli in ground beef that is suspected of sickening dozens of consumers. The suspect beef was produced by New York company Fairbank Farms, which has recalled more than half a... More »

Leonard Cohen Collapses in Spain

Canadian singer suffered from cramps, vomiting

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen collapsed onstage in Spain last night and was rushed to a hospital with stomach pain, the CBC reports. The 75-year-old singer, who fainted while singing "Bird on the Wire," suffered from stomach cramps and vomiting before losing consciousness. Cohen was released this morning and said he... More »

Calif. Plant Recalls Ground Beef on Salmonella Fears

Colorado department of health

(Newser) - A California meatpacking plant has issued a recall for 800,000 pounds of ground beef it fears may be tainted with salmonella, the Los Angeles Times reports. The ground beef from Beef Packers, Inc. is sold under various retail names in California, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. The recall came after... More »

Minnesota May Have Saved Your Innards

In detecting outbreaks of tainted food, some states are far superior

(Newser) - When it comes to salmonella and other food-borne illnesses, federal agencies are rightly putting money into preventing future outbreaks, but few agencies are focused on detecting them. That task falls mostly to state and local officials, which means the ability to connect several sick citizens and call it a salmonella... More »

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