December 21, 2014

USDA: Avoid E. coli by Leaving Raw Beef of the Holiday Menu

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Eating raw meat can cause E. coli infections and other illnesses, so leave raw beef dishes off the menu this holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture advises. Some families consider raw meat dishes, such as tartare, kibbeh and "Tiger Meat" a holiday traditions, but they pose serious health risks. In December 2012, 17 people in Wisconsin got E.coli poisoning from eating a raw beef and onion mixture sometimes called "Tiger Meat."  In 1994,  a raw beef outbreak sickened more than 100 people in Wisconsin. E.coli causes severe stomach cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. In a some cases a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can develop. HUS which most often strikes young children with E. coli infections causes kidney failure, stroke, seizure, coma and … [Read more...]

E. coli In Yuba City Elementary School Well Does Not Cancel Classes

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School administrators at Barry Elementary School in Yuba City, California notified parents that E.coli had been detected in the school's well but that classes would continue. The well has been shut off,  portable hand washing stations and bottled water have been brought into the school, and all meals are being prepared offsite. But the toilets will still be used. Under the circumstances, not all parents were comfortable with the idea of sending their kids to school. Kari Bush told CBS13 that, knowing the risk that E.coli poses for small children, she was uncomfortable with the idea of sending her three kids to school. E.coli can cause serious sometimes fatal illness. Young children are at elevated risk for E. coli poisoning and the serious complications that it can trigger such as … [Read more...]

In Canada, Your Fresh Market Brand Ground Beef Recalled for E.coli

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Your Fresh Market brand ground beef is being recalled in Canada for E. coli.  Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, but E.coli poisoning can cause serious or life-threatening illness. The recalled meat was produced by Cargill Meat Solutions (Est. 700) and sold at Walmart and other stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan. The recalled products are all Your Fresh Market with the  "best before" date 2014.NO.28. They are as follows: Extra Lean Ground Beef Sirloin in 475 g packages, with UPC 6 05388 18363 7;  Extra Lean Ground Beef in 475 g packages with UPC 6 05388 18369 9; Medium Ground Beef in 475 g packages with UPC 6 05388 18365 1; Lean Ground Beef in 475 g packages with Best Before … [Read more...]

USDA FSIS Releases Cost Estimate for Big Six E. coli Tests

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA- FSIS) has released the cost analysis for testing six additional Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) strains. The analysis was posted in a November 19 notice  in the Federal Register. Some strains of E.coli, such as E.coli O157:H7, produce toxins called Shiga toxins. Infections from STEC cause hemorrhagic colitis, which causes the bloody diarrhea associated with E. coli O157:H7 infections. If the toxins, leave the digestive tract and travel to the bloodstream, it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and/or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). HUS and TTP cause serious, life-threatening injury such as kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. Before 2011, E. coli O157:H7 was the only strain of … [Read more...]

E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Prompts Recall

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E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Meat has prompted a 1,200-pound recall. All products produced by the Vadnais Heights, Minn. company on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall. The recalled products were packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets in various weights and distributed nationwide. The recalled products have a Package Code or Use By date of 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. A list of stores that received the product is not yet available. The recalled prodIndividual products include: Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23, Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20, Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20, Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20, Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20,OTG Manufacturing … [Read more...]

E. coli in Clackamas County OR Sickens 3 at Montessori School

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An E. coli outbreak has sickened three children at a West Linn Montessori school in Clackamas County, OR, according to the Oregonian. Two of the children have been diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Health officials have recommended that students and employees of Heart Centered Montessori be tested for E. coli and not return to school, swim or participated in group activities until they receive clear test results. The school is for young children with classes for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and 6 year olds. E. coli is transmitted through contaminated food and water or through contact with  animals. Symptoms  of an E. coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. Children with these symptoms should see a doctor and mention possible … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses Prompt Recall of Unpasteurized Apple Cider in Canada

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Rolling Acres Cider Mill is being recalled in Canada for E.coli contamination after illnesses were reported in association with consuming the product.  Consumers who have purchased this unpasteurized cider should not drink it as they risk serious, life-threatening illness if they do. . The recalled product was sold in 2L and 4L sizes and in unmarked plastic bags at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market in Waterloo, Ontario on October 11, 2014 and from the company's own location in Waterloo, Ontario between October 10, 2014 and October 11, 2014. Symptoms of E. coli poisoning include diarrhea that can be bloody and abdominal cramps. Anyone who drank the cider an is experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. In severe cases, people may experience, seizure, stroke, coma or develop … [Read more...]

Oregon E. coli Death Spotlights Barnyard Risks For Children

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Oregon health authorities have not disclosed the findings of their ongoing investigation into the September E.coli death of 4-year-old Serena Profitt and the E.coli illness of her friend Brad Sutton, 5. But Serena's mother, Rachel Profitt, told The Oregonian in an interview that the family's pet goat is considered a prime suspect. Profitt said there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the illness and death of her daughter. E. coli was found in the goat's droppings but, but officials have not confirmed if it was a genetic match to the strain that sickened Serena and Brad. Goat dropping were among the samples health officials collected from the Profitt home, but stool samples from family members, including 2-year-old Hannah who was also sick around the time Serena became … [Read more...]

Researchers Put E. coli to a Litmus Test

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Canadian researchers have adapted a litmus paper to detect E. coli. Researchers Yingfu Li and Kha Tram said they wanted to make testing kits that used a simple technology everyone could operate. The litmus paper test allows results to be seen with the naked eye. The yellow paper turns dark blue in the presence of E.coli. The researchers say they are excited to expand the technology to include the detection of other pathogens and to adapt it for use in other fields such as genetics and cancer testing. Their work was published in the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie. Every year, about 265,000 Americans are diagnosed with E.coli infections. These infections happen when people ingest microscopic amounts of human or animal feces.  This can happen from eating food that is … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Myths Debunked for Food Safety Month

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September is Food Safety Month, a good time for debunking food myths. There are a lot of myths about raw milk on the Internet, some of them mislead people into thinking that raw milk is a safe health food that can cure illnesses. It's not. Before we get to why, it's important to note that between 60 and 75 percent of adults worldwide are lactose intolerant, meaning they are physically unable to digest lactose, the main sugar in milk. Most of us lose this ability by the time we start school. But many of us don't stop drinking milk when we reach school age. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, gas, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Lactose intolerance is not the same a milk allergy. About 2.5 percent of Americans have milk allergies meaning the have a … [Read more...]

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