Foodborne Illness

4:24 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

E. Coli Hospitalizes 5 People In North Idaho, Eastern Washington

Clover sprouts
Credit Mike Lieberman / Flickr Creative Commons

Health officials say they are investigating an outbreak of illnesses due to E. coli in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state that has sickened 10 people and caused five of them to be hospitalized.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in a statement Wednesday says an initial investigation found the outbreak might be connected to people eating raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho.

Officials are recommending people not eat raw clover sprouts from the company until additional information is known.

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9:15 am
Tue April 10, 2012

FDA Shuts Down Northwest Cheese Producer

Del Bueno’s queso fresco was recalled in 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has shut down a family-owned Mexican style cheese producer in Washington State . FDA inspectors say Del Bueno isn’t doing enough to prevent Listeria contamination in its products, even after several recalls.

Del Bueno distributes a variety of cheeses to Hispanic food stores across Eastern Washington, the Seattle area, and parts of Oregon.

Jesus Rodriguez and his parents operate Del Bueno out of Grandview, Wash. He says it will cost thousands of dollars to comply with the FDA’s demands.

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