October 22, 2016

Congresswoman Urges USDA to Investigate Adams Farm E. coli Outbreak

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released a statement yesterday about the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled beef products from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse. At least seven people in four states are sick with E. coli infections after eating those products. She said, "News that a deadly form of E. coli has contaminated beef, veal, and bison products is extremely unsettling and I encourage all consumers to check their freezers to make sure that their products are safe. As E. coli continues to threaten American families, we have more work to do to ensure that all meat products are properly inspected before they are sold in stores. While I am grateful to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the CDC for doing their due diligence in determining the source of the … [Read more...]

Now 36 People Sick in the Richey, MT E. coli Outbreak

The Dawson County Heath Department and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have announced that there are now 36 people sick in the E. coli outbreak associated with the Richey Centennial Event & All Class Reunion. That event took place on July 15th through the 17th, 2016. Public health officials say it is too early to definitively state the cause of the outbreak. Local food vendors have been cooperating in the investigation. The Health Department is encouraging anyone who may have leftover foods from those events to not consume them. If you do have leftover food, contact the health department because it may help solve the outbreak. More than 36 people are sick in this outbreak; seven people have been hospitalized. Those sickened live in nine different … [Read more...]

One Child Dies, Another Sick in Maine E. coli Oxford County Fair Outbreak

A child has died and another is seriously ill in an E. coli outbreak that may be associated with the Oxford county fair in Maine. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating this outbreak along with officials from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and state veterinarians. Both children attended the fair last month. Public health officials are investigating the fair and taking samples from animal exhibits and other venus. Little Colton Guay died after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome a week after attending the fair according to the Boston Globe. HUS is a serious complication of an E. coli infection that attacks the kidneys and can cause strokes, seizures, and kidney failure. The 21-month-old was in his stroller when the family visited … [Read more...]

Health and Safety Violations at The Learning Vine Daycare Center

Health and safety violations have been reported at The Learning Vine daycare center in Greenwood, South Carolina, which is at the center of an E. coli outbreak. The report, issued by the South Carolina Child Care Early Care and Education department, lists 12 violations ranging from cross-contamination at diaper changing stations to open trash cans and a dirty fridge. E. coli infections are spread by contact with infected human waste and animal waste. In this outbreak, at least eight people are sick with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria; some have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and one 2-year-old boy has died. The daycare has received a "C" grade, which means the facility meets requirements, but that is the lowest grade on the scale. The violations that may be … [Read more...]

Wolverine Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak Sickened 12 in 2014

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef produced by Wolverine Packing Company in 2014 sickened 12 people in 4 states. Ground beef can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria since STEC bacteria like E. coli are on the surface of beef cuts. When those cuts are ground, the bacteria is mixed throughout the product. And when that ground beef is made into burgers and not thoroughly cooked, people get sick. The case count by state is: Massachusetts (1), Michigan (5), Missouri (1), and Ohio (5). Fifty eight percent of ill persons were hospitalized. No one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and no deaths were reported. Illness dates ranged from April 22, 2014 to May 2, 2014. The patient age range was from 16 to 46 years, with a median age of 25 years. Public health … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Trader Joe Glass Onion Salads 2013

In 2013, an E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak linked to Trader Joe's Glass Onion ready-to-eat salads sickened 33 people in 4 states. Two patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a result of their infections. E. coli bacteria are found in the intestinal tracts of mammals, particularly cattle. So how did this bacteria get into prepared salads? A recent study from the Food Standards Agency in the UK may provide some answers, even though the federal investigation did not pinpoint the ingredient that was contaminated or the method of contamination. Cross-contamination is the cause of many food poisoning outbreaks when the food doesn't naturally carry the disease-causing bacteria. Facilities that produce ready-to-eat foods use complex machinery to make those products. Vacuum … [Read more...]

2014 Hamburger E. coli Outbreak Traced to Wolverine Packing

When 92 percent of E. coli O157:H7 outbreak patients in May 2014 told health investigators they had previously eaten a hamburger at a restaurant, it wasn't long before USDA food safety officials and the CDC traced the cluster of dangerous illnesses in Michigan and Ohio to ground beef production at Detroit's Wolverine Packing Company. On May 19, 2014, Wolverine Packing recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef that had been shipped to distributors, mostly for use in restaurants nationwide. By then, the E. coli outbreak had sickened a total of 12 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of E. coli O157:H7, including five people from Michigan and five from Ohio. Massachusetts and Missouri also were touched by the outbreak. Two victims suffered kidney failure and life-threatening … [Read more...]

E. coli Investigation at Heart Centered Montessori, OR School Closed

The investigation into the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Heart Centered Montessori School in West Linn, Oregon has been closed with no resolution. Officials say they cannot solve the case. Environmental samples and samples from the students and staff all tested negative. The outbreak, which began in late October, 2014, sickened three children. Two were quickly diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 infections, and the third was later diagnosed with the same infection. The owner of the school closed that facility and reopened in a new location earlier this month. The E. coli bacteria infects people through the fecal-oral route. It is spread through contact with animals or by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The symptoms of the infection include severe abdominal pain, mild fever, … [Read more...]

NAMA Conference Presents Trends in Beef and Food Poisoning

The North American Meat Association (NAMA) held its Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing conference last week, and reported on the foodborne disease outbreaks that are attributed to meat. Meatingplace.com says that Hannah Gould of the CDC's National Outbreak Reporting System reported on the data. According to the data, about 9% of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. are attributed to beef; 9% to chicken; and 7% to pork. Between 2009 and 2013, of the illnesses linked to beef, 35% involved E. coli O157:H7 and 23% were caused by Salmonella. And between 2003 and 2012, 55% of all E. coli outbreaks attributed to food were associated with beef consumption. Of those outbreaks, 69% were from ground beef, 14% from steaks and 17% from other beef products. This … [Read more...]

Boil Water Order for E. coli Lifted For Mercer Island, WA

The boil water advisory for E. coli in the City of Mercer Island, Washington has been lifted as of  October 8, 2014. Restaurants can reopen after speaking directly with a Health Inspector and following step by step procedures. Residents should flush their water systems at home. Follow these steps: flush pipes for five minutes by running the cold water tap at all faucets. If you live in a multi-level house, start at the top of the house. If the water is discolored, run water until it is clear. You may notice a strong chlorine smell - this is not harmful and shows that disinfected water has reached the house. The smell will abate if left to stand in a pitcher. Follow manufacturer's instructions for appliances such as water softeners and filters. Throw away ice from automatic ice-makers; … [Read more...]

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