This Is Just Nacho Day – Mexican Restaurant Infects 200 With Norovirus

This Is Just Nacho Day - Mexican Restaurant Infects 200 With Norovirus

I Am Norovirus

Last week Margarita’s Restaurant in Holland Michigan sickened at least 200 people with Norovirus infections.  The outbreak started on Thursday of last week and by the end of this week the illnesses had been linked to the restaurant.

Symptoms of Norovirus infection, which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low-grade fever and chills usually appear about 24-48 hours after exposure and last a day or two.
Lauren Mast shared her story with MLive:

 

“The food tasted really good – I didn’t think anything was wrong with the food,” Mast said. …

 

“I’m not mad about it. I don’t blame it on them,” she said of the restaurant. “They probably just forgot to wash their hands or something.”

Local ABC affiliate WZZM 13 spoke with owner Alonzo Salinas, who said the restaurant remained closed last weekend for a thorough cleaning:

“It’s very emotionally draining just because we’re a family owned, family operated restaurant that has worked really hard at gaining the respect of our community,” said owner Alonzo Salinas. “My hopes would be that we could still continue to maintain that integrity of being one of the best Mexican restaurants here in Holland.”

Food Recall – Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat Product

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductBridgeton, New Jersey based Buona Vita, Inc is recalling 324,770 pounds of frozen ground meat product due to possible Listeria contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday.  The USDA considers the health risks related to the recall “high.”

The recall includes ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loaves of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.

According to the Buona Vita website, the company produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day.  General Manager Blake Christy responded to the recall.

“There have been no reports of any injury or illness….The company produces a large amount of product, and this recall is a part of a precautionary measure by the company to protect its customers.  We need to go through everything we need to go through as a part of our quality control”

The recall was voluntary and the scope of the recall was to ensure that no possibly tainted product can get to consumers.

“This is our choice,” Christy remarked.

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductThe contamination was discovered through routine testing by the FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  There have been no reports of illness related to the company’s products.

Listeria bacteria thrive in low temperatures.  Outbreaks are usually associated with deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses and smoked refrigerated seafood products.  Listeriosis has a long incubation period, with symptoms sometimes not showing up until two months after people consume tainted foods.  Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

Leaked Memo Highlights Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Freak Out – Sushi Likely Source Of 19! State Salmonella Outbreak

Leaked Memo Highlights Spicy Tuna Roll Salmonella Freak Out - Sushi Likely Source Of 19! State Salmonella OutbreakNo secret I’m a huge fan of sushi.  I like sushi rolls just fine but I’m big on the slab-of-fish-on-a-bed-of-rice nigiri thing.  Spicy tuna rolls are sort of the ground beef of the sushi world.  One more reason to think likewise today.  Salmonella.  An outbreak of an unusual strain of salmonella called Salmonella Bareilly has hit 19 states and DC, infecting 90 people since late January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oops on publicizing the event.  The outbreak was made public on Tuesday when an internal memo was inadvertently sent to everyone at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to agency spokesperson Curtis Allen.  Ouch.  According to the memo, speculation as to the source of the outbreak centers around ”spicy tuna roll sushi” as being highly suspect, according to the Wall Street Journal reports.  The source of the infection is as yet unknown. Continue reading

Here’s An Idea – Don’t Eat Sprouts At Jimmy John’s – Yet Another E. Coli Outbreak

Here's An Idea - Don't Eat Sprouts At Jimmy John's - Yet Another E. Coli Outbreak

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich (Self proclaimed as America’s Favorite Sandwich Delivery Guys) franchises like to be known for “freaky fast delivery.”  They’re getting to be known for tainted sprouts in their stores as well.  This marks the fourth outbreak of E. Coli linked to Jimmy John’s stores. Continue reading