October 22, 2016

E. coli Outbreak in Missouri Update; Creamery Resumes Production

After an E. coli O103 outbreak in northwestern Missouri sickened three people, the Missouri Department of Agriculture suspended the plant license for Homestead Creamery of Jamesport. Three people in that state became sick after allegedly consuming cheese made at the creamery with unpasteurized, or raw, cow's milk according to CBS St. Louis. The facility was reinspected by the Missouri State Milk Board on Tuesday, January 22, and notified of the license reinstatement on January 23. Gena Terlizzi of the Missouri Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that there were one confirmed and two suspected cases of E. coli O103 in the northwestern part of the state. None of the cases required hospitalization and all have recovered. Fred Pritzker, a national food safety attorney who … [Read more...]

E. coli 0103 Appears In Northwest MO

In northwest Missouri, one person has a confirmed case of E.coli 0103 infection and two others have suspected cases, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. None of the case patients has been hospitalized and a source of the outbreak has yet to be determined. The investigation is ongoing. In its January 11 announcement of the outbreak, the health department said the illnesses might be related to the consumption of “locally-produced, raw (unpasteurized) dairy products.” But a definite food source has not been confirmed. E. coli O103 is similar to the more common strain E. coli O157:H7 in that it is a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Up until last year,  non 0157:H7  STEC were not classified as adulterants in beef, meaning it was legal to sell beef … [Read more...]

Raw Milk E. coli and HUS: Two MO Outbreaks In 10 Months

Raw milk and E.coli are making a sad combination in Missouri for the second time in 10 months. Locally produced, raw milk products are the suspected source of an E.coli outbreak in Missouri that has sickened several people. In late March, 2012 an E.coli outbreak linked to raw milk produced by Stroupe Farm in Howard County sickened 14 people in six Missouri counties: Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Jackson and Marion.  Case patients ranged in the in age from 1 to 39, a toddler was hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious, sometimes fatal condition that develops with some E. coli infections. The current outbreak has affected residents in the northwest part of the state, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services. E.coli infections are the … [Read more...]

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