April 2005

Three people in a meatpacking plant with nearly 800 employees have been diagnosed with salmonella. The plant has remained open, and although officials have not determined the source, they say all three people ate in the cafeteria.

The source of the outbreak is not known, and further testing is required. A representative of Hormel

Seattle food-illness attorney Bill Marler has advised plaintiffs’ attorneys to bargain directly with the Sheetz convenience store chain and Coronet Foods Inc., the bankrupt Wheeling, W.Virginia company that sold salmonella-contaminated Roma tomatoes to Sheetz.

A similar system was used when Chi-Chi’s restaurant was sued by customers sickened in a 2003 hepatitis A outbreak at

Disease detectives say they are seeing welcome progress in tracking down some of the deadliest food-borne pathogens after several spectacular outbreaks in recent years. However, food safety experts say the war against food pathogens is far from over. As progress is made in fighting pathogens on one front, new problems and pathogens crop up elsewhere.

Four people apparently got salmonella poisoning by eating raw chicken entrees that they may have thought were precooked. The breaded, pre-browned, microwavable stuffed chicken entrees were sold at Cub Food stores under the Cub brand.

The entrees tied to infections included chicken and broccoli and, possibly, chicken Kiev and chicken cordon bleu. Authorities were trying

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert to remind consumers to make sure that frozen meat and poultry products are fully cooked before they are consumed.

The warning comes after FSIS linked cases of salmonella infections in people to stuffed frozen chicken products sold in Minnesota and Michigan.


The Kittitas County Health Department reports people in Yakima and Kittitas County had been infected with the salmonella bacteria. The department reported the origin for the infection has been traced to baby chicks, that came from a distributor in Walla Walla to a retailer in Kittitas County.

Salmonella has to be allowed to run its

The issues of food defense and bovine spongiform encephalopathy were the focal points of this year’s U.S. Food Safety Summit, held recently Washington. Both Dr. Lester Crawford, administrator of the FDA, and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns focused on the topics in their keynote remarks.

Johanns announced that almost $2 million in funding had been