July 28, 2014

E. coli Outbreak on Fond du Lac Reservation

E. coli BAct

An E. coli outbreak has sickened between six and 12 members of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa on the reservation in northeastern MN near Cloquet, about 20 miles west of Duluth. Health authorities say they have not yet determined the food source of the outbreak or the specific bacterial strain. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently investigating an E.coli O111 outbreak in the Twin Cities area. That outbreak has sickened at least 15 people, some of whom ate at Applebee's restaurants between June 23 and June 29 before becoming ill. Four of those sickened in the Twin Cities area were hospitalized and are recovering. Labs do not normally test for E. coli O111, a less common strain of the bacteria, so some cases may not yet be diagnosed. Symptoms of an E. coli … [Read more...]

Researchers Find Cinnamon a Natural Antibacterial Agent

E. coli

Researchers at Washington State University have found that cinnamon may help prevent food poisoning by killing pathogenic bacteria. Their work has been published in Food Control Journal. It turns out that cinnamomum cassia oil is very effective at killing the top six non-O157 STEC (shiga toxin producing E. coli) bacteria. The major component in C. cassia oil is cinnamaldehyde. The government recently declared the six non-O157 STEC bacteria as adulterants and require testing for those bacteria in beef slaughter plants.There is a "zero tolerance" policy for those bacteria in raw ground beef and trimmings. The essential oil "killed several strains of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli" according to the researchers, and it is effective in low concentrations. Just 10 drops in a liter … [Read more...]

E. coli Wrongful Death Takes Community Volunteer in Alabama


The Alabama E. coli death of a 71-year-old man who served as a volunteer in his community is at the center of a food poisoning outbreak in Morgan County that remains under investigation. The E. coli infections have been associated with a luncheon hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES). The Alabama Department of Public Health has promised to release a summary of its investigation when the outbreak report is final. The deceased man, Clarence Hampton, was a senior companion volunteer for the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama in Decatur. The leader of that organization, Chief Executive Officer Michael Tubbs, has said that at least 24 employees and volunteers of the group fell sick after the luncheon. Hampton's sister said she was one of the attendees who … [Read more...]

No E. coli in Recalled Dungeness Raw Cream, State Tests Show


Dungeness Valley Creamery issued a recall on June 28 for raw cream with an expiration date of July 2 for possible E. coli contamination, but tests from the the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the product free of the bacteria which causes serious, sometimes fatal illness. A post on the company's Facebook page said, "WSDA Lab Results 'did not confirm' the presence of e. coli in our Raw Cream sample dated 7/2. Our independent recall was in 'an abundance of caution', and is thankfully no longer necessary at this time. For those customers who disposed of, returned, or still otherwise wish to exchange those products with a 7/2 best by date, we will be happy to continue to process those requests.We appreciate your support and understanding. Thank you!" Laws governing the … [Read more...]

Study Finds Non-O157 STEC Bacteria in U.S. Cattle

Ground Beef Thermometer

A study published in the Journal of Food Protection has found shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria in ground beef sold in the U.S. at the retail level. Cattle are reservoirs for E. coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145, and O157. Those bacteria can cause serious illness and death in humans. STEC bacteria were declared adulterants in ground beef by the USDA last year. This study estimates the prevalence of non-O157 STEC and E. coli O157 in naturally infected beef cows at post-weaning, finishing, and at slaughter. The study also tested STEC presence in finished ground beef. They found non-O157 STEC in 8 to 39% of cows and 2 to 38% of steer calves. These findings are evidence that beef cows and steer calves shed non-O17 STEC bacteria at post-weaning and before they go into the … [Read more...]

Raw Milk, Cream Recalled for Possible E. coli Contamination


According to Peninsula Daily News, the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Washington state is recalling raw milk and cream because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. State inspectors discovered the problem. The dairy, at 1915 Towne Road, was notified that inspectors may have found the pathogenic bacteria in samples taken from the Creamery. Any product with an expiration date of July 2, 2014 should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase for a refund. No state or federal agency has issued an alert or recall. Raw whole milk, skim milk, and cream are recalled. The products are sold at the Sequim Prairie Grange, Red Rooster Grocery, and Sunny Farms Farm Store in Sequim; Country Aire and Good to Go in Port Angeles; and the Food Co-op in Port Townsend. The products are also … [Read more...]

FDA Tells Sprout Grower in E.coli Outbreak: Stop Using Seed Lot

Clover sprouts are the source of an E.coli outbreak at Jimmy John's

After an E.coli outbreak was linked to clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts in May, the Moyle Springs, Idaho company continued to use the seed lot that produced the contaminated sprouts to make and distribute more sprouts that are likely still one the market, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The company has not recalled the sprouts, so the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers not to eat the sprouts. A few days ago, representatives from both agencies met with the owner of the company to discuss the risks associated with the continued use of the seed lot and advocate that it no longer be used. The company has now agreed to stop using the seed lot. According to the FDA, "seeds are considered the most likely … [Read more...]

E coli Outbreak from Sprouts served at Jimmy John’s and other Restaurants

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Church Chicken Dinner Salmonella and E. coli Outbreak in AL

Chicken Dinner

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of both E. coli and Salmonella at a church chicken dinner, according to AL.com. One person may have died after the May 30, 2014 event. Nineteen people in Morgan county had symptoms of food poisoning, including vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. Three local hospitals have reported treating ill persons. The two confirmed cases tested positive for E. coli, Salmonella, or both. The person who died had an E. coli infection. There are several news reports about this outbreak; each has slightly different information. WHNT TV states that state epidemiologist Dr. Mary McIntyre confirmed there are 19 combined cases of E. coli and Salmonella in this outbreak. That report states that one of the ill persons who may be part of this … [Read more...]

E. coli in Portland Oregon Water System Leads to Boil Notice


The Portland Water Bureau issued a Boil Water Notice to all of its customers on May 23, 2014 after E. coli was found in the drinking water supply. The affected areas include Portland Water Bureau, Burlington, City of Gresham north of I-84, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland, Palatine HIll, Rockwood, Tigard Water Service Area (including Durham, King City and Bull Mountain), Valley View, and West Slope Water Districts. The number of people affected by this notice is about 670,000. Water samples taken at three locations tested positive for E. coli over a three day period. They were collected at the outlets of Mount Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the SE 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Those reservoirs have been taken offline. All customers should boil all tap water used … [Read more...]

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