Minnesota Health Officers Get Well-Earned Recognition

The USA Today tells readers across the country what many food safety professionals already know:

“When it comes to food-borne illness investigation, ‘Minnesota is leap years ahead of . . . most of the rest of the nation,’ says James Phillips, head of infectious diseases for the Arkansas Department of Health.”

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One of Minnesota’s advantages is the resources devoted to “Team Diarrhea,” a group of seven to nine graduate students who work the phones interviewing and taking detailed exposure histories from every person who tests positive for Salmonella or E. coli O157:H7. Victims may be interviewed twice as further exposure evidence is gathered from other consumers. With this attention to detail, more outbreaks can be identified.

“Minnesota ‘has a lot of best practices . . . to get to people quickly to find out what they ate, the CDC’s [Ali]Kahn says.”

So congrats to the hard-working professionals in Minnesota.

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Nell Liquorman - March 7, 2009 10:06 AM

I have been concerned all along that nobody has mentioned where the peanuts were grown. Was PCA using PRODUCT OF USA peanuts or some that were imported?

Cool labeling laws were not being inforced until this month. So, does PCA even have to reveal the sources of its raw peanuts?

I do realize that investigators have found violations that could certainly be the root of the contamination, but I would like to know that they started with a safe product, and not raw peanuts from some part of the world where there is likely to be badly contamined soil at the peanut farm.

I do recall that a shipment of raw PCA chopped peanuts were not allowed into Canada due to conditions of filth? I would like to know how they came to be that filthy. I would like to know if PCA chopped the peanuts. Could they have imported some already chopped?

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