CDC and Food Safety Newsletter

Updated July 29, 2021

Clamp Down on Food Poisoning This Summer

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Thinking of enjoying oysters or other shellfish this summer? Eating raw or undercooked oysters and other shellfish can increase your chance of getting food poisoning. Vibriosis, an illness caused by infection with certain kinds of Vibrio bacteria, can occur after eating these foods. Most Vibrio infections occur during warmer months, but they can happen at any time of year. Visit our updated feature, Oysters and Vibriosis (also in Spanish), to read about cooking shellfish thoroughly and other steps to protect your health.

Investigation Notice: E. coli Outbreak Linked to Cake Mix

CDC and partners are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections in 16 people who tasted or ate raw cake batter. Most of the sick people are younger than 18; children are more likely to get seriously ill from E. coli. A single brand or type of cake mix has not been linked to the illnesses, which have occurred in 12 states.

Eating raw cake batter can make you sick because it can contain harmful germs like E. coli. Germs are killed only when raw batter is baked or cooked. Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with cake mixes, flour, and other raw ingredients such as eggs.

Almost 9 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled

Sliced chicken

A Listeria outbreak linked to fully cooked chicken has sickened three people in two states. All three people were hospitalized, and one death has been reported from Texas. CDC, state health officials, and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) quickly investigated this outbreak and identified fully cooked chicken supplied by Tyson Foods, Inc., as the source. Almost 9 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken products, such as chicken strips and diced chicken, and products made with fully cooked chicken were recalled. Do not to eat, sell, or serve recalled products. See the list of recalled products, including product and date codes, on the USDA-FSIS websiteexternal icon and the Food and Drug Administration websiteexternal icon.

Keep Food Safe After a Disaster or Emergency

During hurricane season and any time of year, it’s important to take steps to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster. If you experience a power outage or anticipate one in your area, you can help keep your food safe. Visit CDC’s page Food Safety for Power Outages to find out what you can do to keep food safe before, during, and after a power outage and when you need to throw away food that could make you sick. This page is available in several languages, including Spanish, Haitian Creole, and others.