An ongoing listeria outbreak has put eight people in the hospital and forced a recall of 358 different frozen fruits and vegetables. But although we know all these listeria cases are linked to the same source, just what that source is remains a mystery.
E. coli, salmonella, and staph are the names Americans fear when it comes to nasty foodborne illnesses. Yet it’s norovirus that is, far and away, the most common cause of food poisoning in the US. So why aren’t Americans more afraid of it?
Tracking food poisoning cases is laborious detective work, and sometimes the culprit is never revealed. Now the task of identifying sources of contamination could be even harder—and, paradoxically, it’s because of a test designed to diagnosis food poisoning faster and easier than ever before.
Twenty years ago, a change was made to how we did food poisoning testing. That change prevented over a quarter of a million cases each year, and it may also suggest how we could stop more cases in the future.
Chipotle announced it will be closing up shop nationwide for a few hours as part of its attempt to halt its ongoing E. Coli outbreak. But why hasn’t the company been able to stop the outbreak, or even find the source yet? The answer isn’t in the restaurant chain—it’s in the bacteria.
Chipotle has been at the center of a number of outbreaks of food-related sicknesses this year—and now one of them may be about to land them in court.
You’re feeling queasy, your forehead is clammy, and all that tea you’ve been mainlining is doing nothing at all to perk you back up. What happens next is why it’s so hard to know if you had food poisoning or just a brush with the flu.
Cantaloupes, quite possibly might least favorite fruit ever, is being suspected of mass murder. I'm not kidding, 13 people have died after eating the contaminated fruit with 72 more people becoming ill because of it. Just what the hell is going on with cantaloupes?