News & Perspective

Mar 19, 2002

Mar 19, 2002

US is vulnerable to foodborne bioterrorism, CDC report says

A recent Lancet report says the US needs to strengthen its public health system to minimize the danger.

May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002

Food supply's vulnerability to attack deserves more discussion, Osterholm says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' food supply makes an attractive target for terrorists, and people in the food industry need to talk more frankly about the risks, bioterrorism expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in a Minneapolis speech yesterday.

Aug 20, 2004

Aug 20, 2004

Certain symptoms may predict fatal foodborne botulism

(CIDRAP News) – A distinctive group of symptoms—shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea—may be predictive of severe outcomes, including death, from foodborne botulism, a group of researchers reported recently.

Mar 22, 2006

Mar 22, 2006

Bamboo shoots blamed for botulism cases in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of apparent botulism associated with home-preserved bamboo shoots has sickened more than 150 people following a festival in northern Thailand, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Sep 18, 2006

Sep 18, 2006

Three botulism cases tied to carrot juice

(CIDRAP News) – Three people in Georgia recently contracted botulism after drinking contaminated carrot juice, prompting health officials to warn that carrot juice must be kept refrigerated.

Oct 03, 2006

Oct 03, 2006

Fourth botulism case linked to carrot juice

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers not to drink some carrot juice products from a Bakersfield, Calif., company after a fourth case of botulism was linked to the company's juice.

Oct 10, 2006

Oct 10, 2006

Carrot juice cited in 2 botulism cases in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Two botulism cases in Toronto have been linked to carrot juice from a California company, raising the number of people sickened by the juice to six, according to Canadian news reports.

Jul 20, 2007

Jul 20, 2007

FDA warns of possible link between botulism and chili sauce

(CIDRAP News) – Four people from Texas and Indiana were recently hospitalized with suspected botulism poisoning after they consumed hot dog chili sauce that may have been contaminated, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.

Jul 23, 2007

Jul 23, 2007

Company widely expands botulism recall

(CIDRAP News) – The company that recalled its chili sauce last week after four people got sick with suspected botulism poisoning dramatically expanded the recall over the weekend to include products that contain meat, including one dog food brand.

Aug 02, 2007

Aug 02, 2007

Health officials probe more botulism cases

(CIDRAP News) – Since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of a link between four botulism cases and contaminated chili sauce 2 weeks ago, state health departments have confirmed one additional botulism case and reported at least three more suspected cases.

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