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FoodLine Newsletter - Summer 2012

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Volume 19, Issue 2


Volume 22, Issue 3
Summer 2012

The Jack is Out of the Box- Looking Back on One of the Most Prolific Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

......If the restaurant would have followed Washington state regulations and cooked the burgers to 155F, the pathogen would have been killed and the illnesses prevented. It soon became clear to the executives at both firms that their actions, or inactions, led to the outbreak. By that time, four of the 715 who had become ill had died, and Brianne still lingered in a coma......more

From the Editor: Foodborne Illness

It's hard to believe that one of the most memorable food safety disasters of our time is almost 20 years old. I was 12 when it happened, locked in a lovely adolescent phase where mixed tapes and BUM Equipment were forms of self-expression. My biggest worries were being teased for being 97 pounds, whether or not the next math test would make me lose my GPA edge, and if the cute boy in homeroom thought I was cute too. Life was easy. I was healthy, and happy. But that wasn't the case for a girl just two years younger than me in Seattle, Washington named Brianne Kiner....more

Local Outbreak at Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

In May, Missoula City-County Health Department received a call from a school nurse saying that several teachers had phoned in sick after eating at a catered luncheon, while others, who had less severe symptoms, came to work to “tough it out.....more

Emergency Preparedness Info

How to Handle a Foodborne Illness Investigation

Hopefully, you will never have to experience a foodborne illness investigation, but if for some reason you do, keep in mind the following.....more

Spotlight on Public Health: Clostridium perfringens

......C. perfringens is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the US with over 100,000 cases every year. Illness occurs when the bacteria begin to secrete a toxin (poison) into the intestines after contaminated food is consumed. The illness is characterized by diarrhea and abdominal cramping.....more

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