As of September 1, 2023, the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) will no longer be a part of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. The Director of CFI, Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, has moved to George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Her new email address is email@example.com.
It was recently reported that an Australian woman unknowingly served relatives a lunch of beef Wellington using dried poisonous mushrooms. The dried mushrooms are thought to be “death cap” (Amanita phalloides) mushrooms, which are deadly. The incident resulted in three deaths and one individual in critical condition. Although the investigation is still ongoing, police suspect the consumption of the “death cap” mushroom was the cause of victims’ food poisoning and eventual death.
Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), resulting in an inflammation of the liver.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state public health and regulatory officials such as the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are "investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A transmission linked to frozen organic strawberries imported from certain farms located in Baja California, Mexico, by a common supplier" (CDC, 2023).