April 18, 2015

Minnesota E. coli Lawyer Lauds State Health Department


Minnesota’s food poisoning investigators had a busy year with outbreaks in 2014, successfully tracing the cause of three separate clusters of E. coli hospitalizations and two waves of Salmonella infections. The efforts undoubtedly protected more people from contracting pathogen-related illnesses and gave victims of the solved outbreaks a chance to hold the purveyors accountable. A review by Food Poisoning Bulletin shows that four of the outbreaks had implications beyond the state’s borders, including findings of E. coli O157:H7 in celery that came from the Salinas Valley; E. coli O111 in cabbage purchased by units of a national restaurant chain  and Salmonella Enteritidis in a frozen chicken breast product mass-produced in Illinois for the American retail market. “The Minnesota … [Read more...]

Jimmy John’s 2013 Colorado E. coli Outbreak Linked to Imported Cucumbers


A 2013 E.coli outbreak that sickened nine Jimmy John's customers in the Denver area has been linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico. Health officials in Colorado have released a 27-page report detailing the investigation into the October 2013 outbreak, which they believe is the first E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with cucumbers in the United States. All nine people who were sickened reported eating sandwiches containing cucumbers at three Denver-area Jimmy John’s shops in early October 2013. Lab tests confirmed that they were all sickened by the same E.coli strain. How the cucumbers became contaminated isn't clear, but it's likely that the three store received contaminated cucumbers, health officials say. "It is very unlikely that contamination occurred within the 3 … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Not For Kids, Warns England’s FSA After E. coli Outbreaks


Three recent raw milk E.coli outbreaks that sickened five children and one adult in the United Kingdom have prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue a warning about unpasteurized milk. The agency has halted raw milk production at the farms and issued recalls.  "Long standing FSA advice has been that vulnerable people - that’s older people, infants, children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems - are particularly vulnerable to food poisoning and that is why these groups should not be consuming raw drinking milk because it has not been heat treated. " said Andrew Rhodes, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA. In England, most milk is pasteurized, but raw milk sales are permitted if the labels bear a warning that the product is unpasteurized and … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses in MA Investigated by State, Federal Authorities

Health officials in Massachusetts are working with federal authorities to investigate the source of three cases of E. coli poisoning that occurred in June.  Results from lab tests last week showed a link between the cases, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Little is known about the three patients who were diagnosed in June with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Health authorities are not releasing information such as the age, gender, or county of residence of any of the cases patients. Nor have they disclosed if any of those who were sickened required hospitalization. Symptoms of and E. coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody and abdominal cramping. Some patients with E.coli infections develop a condition called hemolytic … [Read more...]

Ground Beef E. coli Recall Includes North Dakota Supervalu Stores

Ground beef sold at ND Supervalu stores is part of Wolverine recall

Two Supervalu stores in North Dakota are among the retailers affected by the 1.8 million pound ground beef recall associated with an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people. The stores are located in Beulah and New Town. Consumers who have purchased beef from these stores since the beginning of April should check the packaging to see if it is part of the recall.  The recalled products include all dates between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14” that bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B.” Consumers who have purchased beef that is part of the recall should not eat it as it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria which can cause serious illness or death.  Five people in Michigan, four in Ohio, one person in Massachusetts and one person in Missouri have all been … [Read more...]

Ground Beef E.coli Recall: USDA Names Stores

Retial stores that sold ground beef linked to an E.coli Outbreak in MI, OH, MA and MO.

A partial list of stores involved in the 1.8 million pound ground beef recall linked to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in four states has been published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). It's a small list for a big recall, but the agency is not permitted to list restaurants, only retail stores, and the list may not yet include all locations. So far, here are the retail locations that are part of the recall. Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, TN, and WI.; Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida; Giorgio's Italian Deli in Stuart, Florida;  M Sixty Six General Store in Orleans, Michigan and Buchtel Food Mart on Buchtel, Ohio. Consumers who purchase meat at these stores should … [Read more...]

Solving An E. coli Outbreak, What Did You Eat This Week?

Solving an E.coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak linked to undercooked burgers at restaurants in four states has sickened at least 11 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As health officials try to determine which cases may be part of the outbreak, they'll be asking those who became ill to remember what they ate during the past week. E.coli symptoms, which include diarrhea that is sometimes bloody and abdominal cramping, usually take about three days after exposure to develop but can take as long as eight days. Many people tend to think that the thing that made them sick was the last thing they ate before they started having symptoms, but that's often not the case. Outbreak investigations have two parts, identifying all of the people who are part of the outbreak and … [Read more...]

CDC Mum on Restaurants Linked to E.coli Outbreak

An E.coli outbreak linked to ground beef has sickened 11 people in 4 states.

An E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef served at restaurants has sickened at least 11 people in four states, but in its first report on the investigation issued today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was mum on the names of any restaurants involved. E. coli infections in five people in Michigan, four in Ohio, 1 in Missouri and 1 in Massachusetts have all been linked to restaurant meals. Six of them were hospitalized, but none developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the life-threatening complication of E. coli infections that causes kidney failure. Earlier today, a recall for almost 2 million pounds of ground beef products was issued by Wolverine Packing Company of Detroit. The recall included a 97-page list of ground beef products distributed to restaurants in … [Read more...]

Research Shows How E. coli O157:H7 Binds to Produce

E. coli

New research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Annual Meeting showed how E. coli O157:H7 binds with plant cells. This lets the bacterium hold on to the plant's surface so it can multiply. And that means that washing produce is not going to easily remove this pathogenic bacteria. Between 20 to 30% of food poisoning outbreaks are linked to contaminated vegetables. Researchers from the James Hutton Institute in Scotland found that E. coli O157:H7 uses flagella, which are thin appendages usually used for movement, to penetrate the plant cell walls. The flagella interacts with fat molecules in the plant cell membranes. Once they are attached, the E. coli bacteria colonize the plant's surface. Most of the bacteria can be removed by washing at this point, but some can … [Read more...]

In Canada, Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli O157:H7


Groupe Colabor Inc. is recalling ground beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The beef was distributed to hotels, restaurants, institutions, and daycare facilities in Quebec. The product is Viandes Lauzon lean ground beef in 2 x 2.5 kg packages. The code on the product is 12/11/13 and UPC number it Item # 33355. Also recalled is Viandes Lauzon extra lean ground beef in 2 x 25. kg. packages. The code on the product is 12/11/13 and UPC is Item # 33345. If you have these products in your facility, throw them out in a sealed container or return. Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal craps, and watery and/or bloody diarrhea. This illness can … [Read more...]

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