The source of the widespread stomach bug outbreak has been tracked in at least two states to a Mexican farm that supplied salad mix to Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. On Sunday, the FDA announced that the illnesses in Nebraska and Iowa have been traced to Taylor Farms in Salinas, California. The FDA is still trying to determine if the prepackaged salad mix was the source of infections in the other states.

Leafy green vegetable

Each year approximately 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from food poisoning. Surprisingly, leafy greens are the biggest source of foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease control released a study that determined leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are the leading sources of food poisoning. The findings should not discourage people from eating produce, but should advise them to wash their vegetables before consuming them.

On January 15, 2013, CBS News reported that more than 700 patients admitted to the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System over a two-year period may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. A review had found that muti-dose insulin pens intended for use by a single patient may have been used on more than one person. Although the needles were changed, the stored insulin could have been contaminated by a back flow of blood with each use, experts said.

As of October 5, the FDA has been working closely with the CDC and state partners to investigate an outbreak of meningitis among patients who had received an epidural steroid injection. Investigation into the exact source of the outbreak is still ongoing, but the outbreak is associated with a potentially contaminated medication.

Listeria Contamination Suspected We’ve written quite a bit about Listeria outbreaks lately, and we’re sorry to report yet another round of food recalls. This time, it’s Mexican queso products coming from El Ranchero Del Sur, LLC. from South River, New Jersey. The recalled cheeses are El Ranchero Queso Fresco 14 oz. (Fresh Cheese); Los Corrales Queso Fresco en Hoja De Platano 14 oz. (Fresh Cheese In Banana Leaf); and El Ranchero Queso Oaxaca 14 oz. and 10 lb.

Health officials today are estimating as many as 16 people have died from a possible listeria illness traced to Colorado cantaloupes.  The outbreak is the deadliest food outbreak in over a decade. Tuesday, the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) said 72 illnesses are linked to the tainted fruit, including 13 deaths.