August 1, 2015

E. coli Sickened Seven Sacramento County Children in June

Seven Sacramento County children were sickened with E. coli in June.  A source of the illnesses was not identified but three who were hospitalized were treated and released. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhea that can be bloody and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within three days of exposure and last up to a week. The three children who were hospitalized had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication that develops in a small percentage of pediatric E. coli cases. HUS can cause kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland told Food Poisoning Bulletin today that food from restaurants and grocery stores, raw milk from herd shares and contact with … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk in TN

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The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is investigating multiple gastrointestinal disease reports among people who consumed raw milk before they got sick. Two cases of cryptosporidiosis have been confirmed in people who live in the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Region. Both cases are associated with raw milk consumption from a dairy cow share program. In the last few months, other individuals have been interviewed about sporadic cases of Campylobacter and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), who also drank raw milk from different sources. TDH Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehener said, "Consuming raw milk in the belief it's healthier than pasteurized milk is a perilous risk that shakes off the possibility of a range of serious and occasionally fatal illnesses for the individuals and … [Read more...]

Fourteen Brands of Bottled Water Recalled for Possible E. coli

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Niagara Bottling has issued a voluntary recall of spring water produced at its Pennsylvania plants from June 10 through June 18, 2015 because the water source has been contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recall is "out of an abundance of caution", since there are no signs the finished product itself has been contaminated. Production has been halted and bottling lines have been disinfected. The recall is only for spring water produced in the Pennsylvania facilities. It does not affect purified water or any spring water not produced in Pennsylvania or outside the 6/10/15 - 6/1815 time frame. The brands included in this recall are mostly store and generic brands, including: Acadia Spring Water, Acme Spring Water, Big Y Spring Water, Best Yet Spring Water, 7-11 Spring Water, Niagara … [Read more...]

Big Y Spring Water Recalled for Possible E. coli

Big Y is recalling some date codes of Big Y bottled spring water because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are Big Y spring water 35 pack in 16.9 ounce bottles. The UPC number is 18894-01191 and the codes are H# BEST BY 08DEC2016 through H# BEST BY 16DEC2016, A# BEST BY 08DEC2016 through A# BEST BY 16DEC2016. Also recalled are Big Y spring water 24 pack in 16.9 ounce bottles with UPC number 18894-01226 with codes H# BEST BY 08DEC2016 through H# BEST BY 16DEC2016, A# BEST BY 08DEC2016 through A# BEST BY 16DEC2016. Big Y spring water sport cap 24 ounce are recalled, with UPC number 18894-01193 and codes H# BEST BY 08DEC2016 through H# BEST BY 16DEC2016, A# BEST BY 08DEC2016 through A# BEST BY 16DEC2016; and Big … [Read more...]

Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Spring Water Recalled for E. coli

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Wegmans is recalling Food You Feel Good About Spring Water in 16.9 ounce bottles and multiple pack sizes for possible E. coli contamination. No reports of illness have been received to date in relation to this issue. These are the recalled products: Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, in 16.9 ounce containers with UPC number 7789018860; Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, in 16.9 ounce containers, 12-pack, with UPC 7789010085; Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water, in 16.9 ounce containers, 24-pack, with UPC number 7789028768; and Wegmans FYFGA Spring Water in 16.9 ounce containers, 35-pack, with UPC number 7789029365. Only the products with this code date range are recalled: Best by 10 Jun 16 through Best by 18 Jun 16. The 12-pack were only sold in New York State, Massachusetts, and Erie, Pennsylvania. No other … [Read more...]

Shaw’s Natural Spring Water Recalled for E. coli

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Shaw's  Natural Spring Water sold in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont is being recalled for E.coli. There were no illnesses reported at the tim of this recall, but customers who have purchased this water should not drink it as E. coli can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening, illness. The contaminated water was bottled by Niagara Bottling and sold under the Shaw's brand name at a number of retail stores. The recalled products have "Best By" dates of 08DEC2016 through 16DEC2016 (December 8, 2016 through December 16, 2016). The recalled water was sold in 12 packs, 24 packs and 36 packs. The 12-packs have the UPC 4567452217 and the individual 8 oz bottles have the UPC 4567452217. The 24-packs have the  UPC 4567421415 and the individual bottles 16 oz … [Read more...]

Learning Vine E. coli Outbreak: 14 Sick, 1 Death

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An E. coli outbreak at the Learning Vine daycare center has sickened 14 children, according to the latest update from the state South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Two children were hospitalized and one of them has died from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication of E. coli infections that leads to kidney failure. Samples from 11 of the confirmed cases have undergone genetic "fingerprinting" tests that show the infections are all from the same strain of shiga toxin producing E. coli. Health officials have not identified the source of the outbreak, but they say there is no evidence that it is ongoing. Tests on 262 other samples were negative for E. coli and no illnesses have been reported with onset dates after June 1. The center has been cleared to … [Read more...]

DK Ground Elk Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

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Frontiere Natural Meats of Denver is recalling 1,640 pounds of ground elk meat that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as they risk serious illness if they do. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. Some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which can be fatal. Those most at risk for HUS are young children and adults over 65. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. The recalled ground elk was distributed to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia retail stores. It was packed in one pound packages labeled "DK Natural Meats All Natural Ground Elk" with a “Use or Freeze By" of … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Takes Life of Myles Mayfield, 2, of Greenwood SC

Myles Mayfield, 2, of Greenwood , SC has died from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infections that causes kidney failure. He died May 31 at Greenville Memorial Hospital, coroner Sonny Cox told WYFF News. HUS primarily affects young children occurring in about 10 percent who have E. coli infections. In addition to kidney failure, it can cause seizure, stroke and coma. Health officials have not identified the source of the infection. E. coli is transferred when microscopic amounts of human or animal feces are ingested.  This can happen through poor hygiene of food handlers, consuming unpasteurized dairy products or contact with live animals at petting zoos or other exhibits.   The daycare that Myles attended told WYFF in a statement: "We are taking … [Read more...]

18 Secret Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2013

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Did you hear about the six-state tilapia outbreak that sickened 33 people in 2013? Me either. A new CDC report about 2013 food poisoning outbreaks reveals 18 multistate outbreaks that were never made public. Five of them had fatalities. Of the 818 food posioning outbreaks that year, 26 included multiple states but only seven of those were made public in 2013. (Another outbreak on the list was announced in 2014.) The CDC defines an outbreak as two or more illnesses caused by the same source. The 18 never-before-announced outbreaks sickened 420, people, 85 hospitalizations and five fatalities. The food sources included: cucumbers, pistachios, tomatoes, lettuce, leafy greens, salmon, oysters, clams, papaya, sugarcane, cheese, pork, infused rice products and tilapia. They were … [Read more...]

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