November 25, 2014

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...]

Mercer Island, Washington E. coli Boil Water Advisory Lifted

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The City of Mercer Island, Washington was under a boil water advisory this weekend. Seattle Public Utilities, the City's water supplier tests the water every month. The advisory was lifted this morning at 8:45 a.m. The Mercer Island School District decided to close school today to sanitize its systems. City crews will continue to inspect system facilities and to monitor the system. Engineers were not able to identify a source of the contamination. All samples taken from the water reservoirs on the Island were clean. No increase in gastrointestinal illnesses have been reported, and no confirmed cases of E. coli were linked to the City's water. All food establishments on the Island were told to suspend operations until the boil water advisory was lifted. All owners of food … [Read more...]

Beef Trimmings Recalled for E. coli

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Beef trimmings from Caviness Beef Packers in Hereford, Texas are being recalled for  E.coli.  About 23,100 pounds of beef trimmings produced on August 14, 2014 and August 20, 2014 are included in the recall.  The products were shipped to fast food restaurants and retail distribution locations in Texas. Customers who have received these products should not use them. The recall includes "combo bins" marked: Beef Trimmings, BNLS, 90 L and Beef Trimmings, BNLS, 84 L. They have the establishment number “EST. 675” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sent to establishments for further processing so consumers will likely not see packages with the establishment number "EST. 675," The problem was discovered during a food safety assessment. E.coli O157:H7 can can cause … [Read more...]

Deadly Raw Milk Cheese E. coli Outbreak Sickened 28

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An E.coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese, killed one person and sickened 27 others in Canada, one year ago. One of the four people who were hospitalized developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of some E.coli infections that leads to kidney failure. The patients, who ranged in age from 3 to 82 were from five provinces: 13 in British Columbia, 10 in Alberta, 2 in Saskatchewan, 2 in Manitoba and 1 in Quebec. The fatality was in British Columbia. The outbreak triggered a recall of Gort's Gouda cheese which was unpasteurized. The sale of unpasteurized cheese is legal in Canada, but the sale or unpasteurized or raw milk is not. Canadian health officials believe that while raw milk can contain dangerous bacteria such as E.coli, Listeria and Salmonella, cheese made from … [Read more...]

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