foodborne illness

AP

Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released Thursday in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks linked to ice cream, caramel apples, cantaloupes and peanuts.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A holiday party that sickened 55 office workers in Maitland this week has been reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The luncheon put 20 people in the hospital, including a pregnant woman.

If the Maitland outbreak happened in 2013, it would have ranked No. 8 on Food Safety News’ list of top 10 largest outbreaks.

Here’s how foodborne illness lawyer and Food Safety News publisher Bill Marler put it:

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A Kansas meatpacker has recalled more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Routine monitoring confirmed the presence of the bacteria late on Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. There have been no reports of illness so far. Click here for a list of the recalled products.