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December 11, 2022

10 Common Questions About Listeria and Their Answers

Listeria (pronounced liss-STEER-ē-uh) is a gram-positive rod-shaped bacterium that can grow under either anaerobic (without oxygen) or aerobic (with oxygen) conditions. Of the six species of Listeria, only L. monocytogenes (pronounced maw-NO-site-aw-JUH-neez) causes disease in humans. …

December 11, 2022

December 11, 2022

What Are 3 Common Symptoms of Norovirus?

Although symptoms usually only last one to two days in healthy individuals, norovirus infection can become quite serious in children, the elderly, and immune-compromised individuals. In some cases, severe dehydration, malnutrition, and even death can result from norovirus infection, especially among children and among older and immune-compromised adults in hospitals …

December 11, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Hepatitis A and Liver Disease

Exposure to the hepatitis A virus can cause an acute infection of the liver that is typically mild and resolves on its own. The symptoms and duration of illness vary a great deal, with many persons showing no symptoms at all. Fever and jaundice are two of the symptoms most …

December 11, 2022

What You Should Know About E. coli in Manure

E. coli O157:H7 bacteria and other pathogenic E. coli mostly live in the intestines of cattle, but E. coli bacteria have also been found in the intestines of chickens, deer, sheep, and pigs. A 2003 study on the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in livestock at 29 county and three …

December 11, 2022

How Do You Prove Where You Got Food Poisoning?

How does one evaluate a legitimate foodborne illness claim? I rely on four primary tools. All four are important. Combined, they can establish an airtight case. 1. Health Department Investigation of an Outbreak or Incident 2. Prior Health Department Inspections 3. Medical Records 4. Lab Results …

December 11, 2022

Is Food Poisoning Considered an Accidental Injury?

Hopefully that is the case, and in the great majority of cases the answer is that food poisoning an accidental injury. However, there have been times over human history where food is intentionally tainted. Clearly, in those instances criminal sanctions are appropriate and warranted. In a commercial sale of food …

November 25, 2022

What To Do When Your Dog Gets Campylobacter

In dogs, typical symptoms include watery to mucoid diarrhea, straining, abdominal cramping or pain, lethargy, and fever. The diarrhea may last a week or more and often relapses suddenly after the dog appears to have recovered. Many dogs appear unaffected by campylobacteriosis and the condition is often self-limiting, requiring no …

November 25, 2022

Can You Sue a Grocery Store for Botulism?

Is everyone who handles an injurious food product potentially liable then? No. Most states’ laws will not hold a retail food seller liable if it simply sold a contaminated food product it did not manufacture unless there is evidence of negligence, some unreasonable act. Suppose you buy a can of …

November 17, 2022

The History and Origins of the Norovirus

Nature has created an ingenious bug in norovirus. The round blue ball structure of norovirus is a protein surrounding the virus’s genetic material. The virus attaches to the outside of cells lining the intestine, and then transfers its genetic material into those cells. Once the genetic material has been transferred …

November 17, 2022

November 12, 2022

How Do Chickens Become Infected With Salmonella?

Chickens can become infected with Salmonella the same way humans get it – through the oral route. In addition to the oral route, chickens can become infected with Salmonella through their navel. Eggs can also become infected with salmonella even before their shells form. …

November 12, 2022

E. coli in Lakes: Why It Happens and What You Should Know

The CDC makes a clear warning about E. coli and water – especially, unchlorinated water: “Don’t swallow water when swimming and when playing in lakes, ponds, streams, swimming pools, and backyard “kiddie” pools.” …

November 12, 2022

Tips for Avoiding a Hepatitis A Infection

Hepatitis A is totally and completely preventable. Although outbreaks continue to occur in the United States, no one should ever get infected if preventive measures are taken. For example, food handlers must always wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, and certainly before …

October 28, 2022

Strict Liability and Negligence and when they apply and chain of distribution liability.

A consumer buys a food item at a store, handles it appropriately, eats it and gets sick from Salmonella or E. coli. Who is legally responsible? The store, the distributor, the manufacturer, the supplier of the particular ingredient that was contaminated? As with most things legal, it depends. The …

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Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include painful abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Salmonella infections can have a broad range of illness, from no symptoms to severe …

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The infection caused by Listeria can vary from mild to severe. Only a small percentage of persons who ingest Listeria fall ill or develop symptoms …

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