RAW MILK CAUSES CAMPYLOBACTER OUTBREAK IN OHIO

An unknown number of people have been infected with Campylobacter bacteria in unpasteurized raw milk from Sweet Grass Dairy’s herd share program in Ohio. State officials issued a public health alert about the dairy’s raw milk products Friday in connection with an investigation into foodborne illnesses, according to the alert from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). Raw milk has not been pasteurized to kill pathogenic bacteria and is not legally available for sale in Ohio retail stores. READ MORE

CDC CREATES PROGRAM TO TRACK OUTBREAKS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an interactive online program so consumers can track foodborne illness outbreaks over a 20-year period. The tool, called FoodNet Fast, includes confirmed cases of infection reported to FoodNet, which is the CDC’s Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network. It includes outbreaks from 1996 through 2015. People can search by year, pathogen, age group, sex, and race. READ MORE

AMMONIA LEAK CAUSES PLANT EVACUATION 

Koch Foods evacuated workers Wednesday from its Morristown, Tenn., plant because of an ammonia leak, according to local media reports. Emergency responders arrived around 11:45 a.m. and reportedly evacuated 210 people from the plant and neighboring businesses. They shut a valve to stop the leak. No injuries were reported, and employees were expected to return to work that afternoon.

‘FAKE NEWS’ LEADS TO CONFRONTATION AT PIZZA RESTAURANT 

A suspect arrested Sunday with an assault rifle at a Washington D.C. pizzeria admitted he had come to investigate an online conspiracy theory dubbed “Pizzagate,” Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday evening in a statement. “Pizza Gate” refers to false online news stories begun last month charging the Comet Ping Pong restaurant and its owner were involved in a child sex operation. Comet Ping Pong’s owner, James Alefantis, and some employees of the restaurant were threatened last month after fake news reports—shortly before Election Day—charged Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta with being involved in a child sex operation at the restaurant. The fake stories continued to proliferate online as Alefantis kept denying the charges. READ MORE