Salmonella sickens 16 in Norway; source unknown

A rare type of Salmonella has infected 16 people in Norway with the majority needing hospital treatment.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported that the Salmonella Blockley outbreak had affected people living in several counties in the country.

The source of infection is unknown, so an investigation has been started with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute.

People have fallen sick from the end of November 2021 up to the first week of January 2022. They are aged 1 to 80, and 11 of them are women.

Five ill people live in Trøndelag, three each in Viken and Troms og Finnmark, two in Nordland and Vestland and one in Rogaland.

Likely less severe cases not being found
Bacteria with the same genetic profile has been detected in 12 of 16 patients which means they were likely infected from the same source.

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Pre-cut cantaloupe determined to be cause of Salmonella Javiana outbreak

The FDA has quietly announced that cut cantaloupe is behind an outbreak of Salmonella Javiana infections. The CDC remains mum on the topic.

In a weekly update, the Food and Drug Administration added two words to a line item about the Salmonella Javiana outbreak — cut cantaloupe. The outbreak has sickened at least 65 people but the FDA has not revealed what states the people live in.

The FDA reports that as of Jan. 13 the outbreak has ended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not released any information about the outbreak despite the FDA has identified the probable cause. The FDA has not reported information regarding the patients’ ages or illness onset dates. Neither did the agency report whether there were any hospitalizations or deaths in the outbreak.

According to information released by the FDA in December 2021, fresh-cut fruit from Taylor Cut Produce, which was eventually … Read more

Court will likely name food safety expert Lapsley to sort out the Amos Miller mess

Food safety expert George D. Lapsley is in line for the court’s appointment to sort out the mess known as the Amos Miller matter.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Gregory B. David and Gerald B. Sullivan proposed naming Lapsley as an expert in the case to assist the court by 1.) monitoring whether defendants are complying with the court’s enforcement orders, 2.) helping to facilitate specific provisions in those orders, 3.) submitting written reports, and 4.) providing testimony.

The motion, filed in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, asks anyone to show why Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm should not be held in further contempt of the court’s November 2019 Injunction Order and April 2020 Consent Decree, and the July 22, 2021, Contempt Sanctions order.

They’re asking federal Judge Edward Smith to consider appointing Lapsley as the court’s expert, saying he is widely known to the parties. Miller … Read more

Ag Industry lines up against Center for Food Safety in case against Glyphosate

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments in the challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer’s flagship Roundup weedkiller. 

Glyphosate is down but not out after last year when California’s highest Court upheld an $86.2 million award to a couple who developed cancer after using Roundup for 30 years. After that loss, Bayer agreed to fund a $30 billion settlement with thousands of other lawsuits filed in state and local courts. Up to another $2 billion went to future litigation.

The Center for Food Safety leads this week’s challenge to EPA’s approval of Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer’s Roundup.

At stake in the argument is EPA’s 2020 decision that Glyphosate poses no health risks of concern, despite the expeditious rise of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases connected to Glyphosate and EPA’s failure to assess occupational exposure to Read more

Former Blue Bell president’s trial delayed until summer

The trial of Paul Kruse, a scion of the family that has run Blue Bell Creameries since 1919, has again been postponed.

Federal Judge Robert Pitman signed an order delaying jury selection by 140 days, now setting it on Aug. 1 immediately before the trial begins.    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin has jurisdiction over the case.

Kruse headed the company in 2015 when an outbreak of Listeria infections traced to the firm’s ice cream sickened 10 and killed three.

Federal felony charges of conspiracy and fraud have been pending against Kruse since October 2020. This past year, his defense attorneys asked to delay the trial to 2022 because of their obligations for other clients.

Until this second delay, Kruse, the retired chief executive of Blue Bell Creameries, was scheduled for a jury trial beginning March 14 this year.

The 140-day delay extends that Read more