October 8, 2015

E. coli Evolved to Become Deadly 30 Years Ago, New Study Finds

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E. coli O157:H7 evolved to become deadly 30 years ago, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England. The study explains why deadly outbreaks of began in the 1980s and demonstrates why the bacteria should be monitored closely, researchers say, E.coli bacteria have been living  in the intestines of people and animals for at least 175 years. Most strains are harmless. But some, such as of E. coli O157:H7, produce shiga-toxins, which cause serious infections in humans. Of the two types of these shiga-toxins they identified,  stx1 and stx2a, researchers day stx2a causes the most serious illnesses. Although the show no signs of the disease, cows are the main source of E. coli O157. Animals infected with strains producing the stx2a … [Read more...]

E. coli Sickens 5 in Vermont

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At least five people in Vermont are part of a cluster of E. coli illnesses,  Valley News  is reporting. A food source of the illnesses has not been identified. Health officials have been tight-lipped about the outbreak, but have said they are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). E. coli bacteria live in the intestines of cows and other ruminants. They cause infection when food contaminated with microscopic amounts of  fecal matter is ingested. Recent E. coli outbreaks have been caused by ground beef, frozen snack foods, raw milk, spinach, salad greens, onions, prepared salads and bean sprouts. Beef is the source of most E. coli outbreaks, according to a federal study by the Food Safety Analytics Collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]

Schrader Farms Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli

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Schrader Farms Meat Market in Romulus, New York is recalling 20 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria. This bacteria is dangerous and may be E. coli 0121, 026, or another strain that is not E. coli O157:H7. There have been no reports of adverse reactions in connection with the consumption of this product. The beef was produced and packed on September 2, 2015. It is packaged in 1 pound packages and marked "Schrader Farms Meat Market Ground Beef" or "Schrader Farms Meat Market Ground Beef, Bulk". The beef has the establishment number "Est. 44950" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were sold at the Schrader Farms retail store in Seneca County, New York. The problem was discovered during routine testing. But this … [Read more...]

The Risks of Rare Ground Beef: Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports has released a new report about the risks of eating undercooked ground beef. Their new test results prove that eating rare or medium-rare ground beef can make you seriously sick. Up to 28% of Americans eat raw or undercooked ground beef, according to Dr. Hannah Gould, epidemiologist at the CDC. All meat is contaminated with some pathogenic bacteria, most commonly Enterococcus, E. Coli, or Staphylococcus. When beef is ground, that bacteria on the surface of the beef cuts is mixed all through the product. And then when the ground beef is not cooked to well done, or 165°F, you run the risk of getting sick. Between 2003 and 2012, there were almost 80 outbreaks of E. coli O157 linked to contaminated beef. Those outbreaks sickened 1,144 people, hospitalized 316, and killed … [Read more...]

Contaminated Beef Destroyed Before Leaving Plant


Officials in Montana say that malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated beef being processed, but the beef was identified and destroyed before leaving the plant. A water machine that is used to clean carcasses didn't reach temperatures high enough to kill E. coli and other pathogens. The ground beef was sampled in a weekly routine and was found to be contaminated. None of it shipped to consumers, according to the Meat Inspection Bureau. The name of the plant and the brand are not being released because no recall was issued. Whole beef cuts are often contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and other bacteria. The bacteria are then mixed throughout the product when the meat is ground into hamburger. That is why food safety experts tell consumers to cook hamburgers to well done, or 165°F … [Read more...]

Indiana E. coli Outbreak in Fulton, Wabash and Marshall Counties

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Indiana health officials are investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that includes three confirmed cases, three suspected cases and one fatality. All of the cases are in the northern Indiana counties Fulton, Wabash, and Marshall. “Our hearts go out to the family who lost a loved one to illness,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., said in a statement. “Nothing can ease the pain of the family’s loss. We are working diligently to gather information about illness that may be connected to this outbreak so we can prevent others from getting sick.” E. coli O157:H7 can be found in the intestines of healthy animals, such as cattle, sheep and goats and is shed in their feces. People become infected when they eat food contaminated with microscopic amounts … [Read more...]

Indiana Parents Rally to Demand Answers About E. coli Illnesses and Death


Concerned parents in Rochester, Indiana rallied at the courthouse last night to demand answers about E. coli illnesses and the E. coli death of a 9-year-old girl. Five E.coli illnesses are associated with an area daycare that has not been named, one child remains hospitalized. But Destiny Smith, 9, who was laid to rest yesterday, did not attend daycare. Her parents, and others, are concerned that there is a larger E. coli issue and they are frustrated with the lack of information from public health officials. After all they have been through, Destiny's parents want more information to be made available so other families may be spared a tragedy. Destiny developed a severe complication from E.coli called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma … [Read more...]

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


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...]

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