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Number of ill from New York Fundraiser Event Rises

The number of people sickened at the Hilton Westchester last week has grown to around 200, health officials said.

The cause off the illnesses, which have resulted in vomiting and diarrhea, is believed to be a norovirus, the Westchester County Department of Health said. Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne disease outbreaks nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is said to be highly contagious and can be transmitted via contaminated food or liquids, or by making contact with someone who is infected, lohud.com said. 

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A Norovirus is Likely Reason why Guests at Long Island Fundraiser Became ill Afterward

At least 100 guests who attended a fundraiser for the Pelham Picture House at the Hilton Westchester in Rockland County, N.Y., this past weekend have come down with an intestinal illness.

Health officials believe the illness to be a norovirus, a condition that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Noroviruses are the most common cause of food disease outbreaks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus is easily passed from one person to another.

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Cucumbers Imported from Mexico are Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Imported Mexican cucumbers have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has resulted in more than 70 people in 18 states becoming ill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday.

The CDC said 14 people have been hospitalized to date. The agency is working with state health officials to identify other people who may have been infected, so the number of illnesses may rise.  The source of the outbreak is believed to be Mexican supplier Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico, the Los Angeles Times said.  The CDC said the cucumbers were distributed by Tricar Sales Inc. of Rio Rico, Ariz.

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Final FDA Rule Allows Agency Increased Authority to Detain Adulterated Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a final rule which will strengthen the agency’s authority to use administrative detention to stop unsafe food from reaching the marketplace.

This rule puts the criteria for administrative detention in line with changes made to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed by President Obama in January 2011, foodsafetynews.com said. The biggest change is that, now, instead of needing hard evidence that food could present a health threat, the agency can confine food if it believes the product may be adulterated or misbranded. More Final FDA Rule Allows Agency Increased Authority to Detain Adulterated Food

FDA Warns Consumers About SimplyThick Infant Formula Additive

SimplyThick, a thickener added to baby formula to make it easier for infants to eat has been linked to a condition known as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially fatal condition that damages intestinal tissue.

SimplyThick is a popular food additive made from xantham gum, a substance that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says is “generally recognized as safe.” The Journal of Pediatrics published an FDA study of 84 cases of NEC in 2012 that cited 22 possible links to SimplyThick, including seven deaths and 14 infant surgeries, said The New York Times. More FDA Warns Consumers About SimplyThick Infant Formula Additive

Family Of Man Who Died Of Kidney Failure Caused By E. Coli Sues Meat Companies

A family is suing three meat companies after their loved one died of kidney failure caused by E. coli.

The family of Robert Danell, 62, filed the lawsuit on January 8 in Minnesota state court in Stearns County. According to his brother, Bill Danell, Robert had been hospitalized with bloody diarrhea for 10 days before he died. He says he did not realize he was infected with E. coli until it was too late to save him. He also says no one is exactly sure what caused his brother’s E. coli. “They said he could have gotten it from a hamburger, but we don’t really know for sure,” he said, according to United Press International (UPI). More Family Of Man Who Died Of Kidney Failure Caused By E. Coli Sues Meat Companies

Sunland Expands Recall to Include 240 Products after Salmonella Found at Plant

Sunland Inc., has expanded its recall after Salmonella was found in one of its plants. Originally, the recall was for Trader Joe’s peanut butter, however, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported that samples taken from “various surfaces” in the plant revealed Salmonella, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The recall now includes 240 products manufactured at the plant since March 2010, which were sold at Costco Wholesale Corp., Target Corp., and Whole Foods Market Inc., among others.

Thirty-five cases of Salmonella across 19 states have been linked to Trader Joe’s peanut butter, manufactured by Sunland. No deaths have been reported. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain starting 12 to 72 hours after being infected; however, Salmonella can get into the bloodstream and cause serious illness and can require hospitalization in the frail or elderly. More Sunland Expands Recall to Include 240 Products after Salmonella Found at Plant

First Lawsuit Filed Over Whole Foods, Forever Cheese Listeria Outbreak

Mr. and Mrs. John McKissick have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Whole Foods Market Group, Inc., and Forever Cheese, Inc., over allegations that a variety of cheeses caused Mr. McKissick to become sick with listeriosis.

According to the lawsuit, Mrs. McKissick purchased the variety of cheeses at a Pittsburgh, PA Whole Foods Market on May 27, 2012. Mr. McKissick consumed the cheese and began to experience the symptoms of listeriosis (nausea, vomiting, fever, achiness) within a few days. The lawsuit says that McKissick was hospitalized and tested, and determined to have the same strain of Listeria as that involved in the outbreak. More First Lawsuit Filed Over Whole Foods, Forever Cheese Listeria Outbreak

New York School District Sued over E. coli

Former Wappingers Central  School District student Caitlin Holt has filed a lawsuit against the district for medical costs, and pain and suffering after she allegedly contracted E.coli on April 9, 2010, from a chicken wrap served for lunch at Roy C. Ketcham High School where Holt was a student. The lawsuit names Sysco Corp, Andrew Smith & Co., and Freshway Foods as co-defendants, as they grew, supplied, and distributed the allegedly tainted shredded lettuce that was on the chicken wrap.

According to the lawsuit, Hold suffered bloody diarrhea on April 11, and was admitted to Vassar Brothers Medical Center on April 22, with E.coli –induced hemolytic uremic syndrome. The lawsuit says she was left partially disabled with permanent kidney damage, and suffered acute kidney failure, an inflamed pancreas, acute inflammatory bowels, a low blood cell count, difficulty swallowing, as well as severe pain, and restricted motion, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. More New York School District Sued over E. coli

Wal-Mart Sued over Salmonella-Tainted Cantaloupe

Angela Compton of Battle Creek Michigan has filed a lawsuit in Calhoun County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., over allegations that the cantaloupe they sold poisoned her two children with salmonella.

According to the Indy Star, after the children were hospitalized and tested positive for salmonella, Compton discovered that a multistate salmonella outbreak was linked to cantaloupe grown in Indiana. Bloomberg reports that Wal-Mart began having its outlet stores pull cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana as a precaution. More Wal-Mart Sued over Salmonella-Tainted Cantaloupe