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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Food Hazards Elude Private Inspectors

Food poisoning outbreaks traced back to dangers cut-price auditors missed

(Newser) - The job of monitoring America's food plants is falling more and more to private inspectors who often miss hazards, a New York Times investigation finds. Plants hire such auditors to reassure customers and reduce liability, but the companies often pick the cheapest and least rigorous audits available. Some of the...

Blowfish Testicles Poison 7 Diners in Japan

Chef served dangerous dish without license, cops say

(Newser) - World travelers, take note. Blowfish testicles prepared by an unauthorized chef have sickened seven diners in northern Japan, three of whom remain hospitalized. The owner of the Tsuruoka restaurant had no license to serve blowfish and was being questioned on suspicion of professional negligence. Blowfish poison, called tetrodotoxin, is nearly...

Salmonella Sickens 388 Across 42 States

(Newser) - The CDC is investigating another salmonella outbreak. About 400 people in 42 states have gotten sick over the past three months, but investigators still don't know the source, Reuters reports. The usual culprits for this particular strain are cheese and undercooked poultry and eggs. Of those sickened, about 70 had...

Label-Free Tainted Tomatoes Tough to Trace

Months later, FDA still tracking salmonella-tainted food

(Newser) - Two months after salmonella-tainted tomatoes entered the food supply, the FDA has still not tracked down the source. Blame the label-free tomato with no bar codes to help investigators, reports AP. The FDA has had to rely on the fickle memories of victims, who are having trouble recalling if they...

New E. coli Strains Could Spell Epidemic

Drug-resistant bacteria may rival MRSA threat, researchers warn

(Newser) - New drug-resistant strains of E. coli have doctors worried that the mutant bacteria could become a superbug to rival MRSA, the drug-resistant form of staphylococcus that kills hundreds hospital patients each year, the Daily Telegraph reports. The spread of the new E.coli strains must be carefully tracked to avoid...

Gulf Fish Cause Food Poisoning

FDA says outbreaks linked to algae toxin in fish high on the foodchain

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has confirmed outbreaks of food poisoning among people eating fish from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Ciguatera poisoning is caused by toxins from poisonous algae that have accumulated in the tissue of large fish. The higher the fish is on the food chain, the more...

Food Poisoning Can Mean Long-Term Trouble

Health effects can resurface years later, doctors say

(Newser) - People who catch food-borne illnesses such as salmonella and E. coli can suffer related health problems years later, the AP reports. The numbers are small, and the research still growing, but doctors and health advocates are beginning to sound the alarm. "Folks often assume once you're over the acute...

Ban Chinese Ingredients? Easier Said Than Done

They're in virtually all processed foods. Six or more in the the Twinkie alone.

(Newser) - In the wake of the pet-food poisoning scandal, some of the biggest U.S. food manufacturers—Tyson and Mission Foods—have banned Chinese ingredients. But since China is the world's biggest supplier of the flavorings, vitamins and preservatives that are used in virtually all processed foods, the bans may be...

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