August 23, 2019

Burma Superstar E. coli Outbreak Probed in San Francisco

At least 14 people have been sickened in San Francisco with E. coli O157:H7, including nine who ate at the popular Burma Superstar restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood earlier this month. The E. coli outbreak, now under investigation by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and California Department of Public Health, prompted owner Desmond Tan to close the establishment for Labor Day weekend. At least one person has been hospitalized with kidney failure from a life-threatening complication of toxic E. coli infection known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. According to health department records, the investigation was first announced earlier this week with a public health alert that eight cases of presumptive Escherichia coli O157 had been reported, with one … [Read more...]

Winn Dixie, Aldi, Big Y Sold Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The USDA has released the names of more stores that sold ground beef products sold by National Beef Packing Company that have been recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled last week. The beef has the establishment number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chain stores that sold the beef include Winn Dixie stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Bi-LO stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee also sold it. Super Bi-LO stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee sold the recalled product. Big Y stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts sold the ground beef. Aldi stores in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia sold the beef. Independent … [Read more...]

United Processing Recalls Veal for Three E. coli Bacteria

United Processing LLC of New York is recalling about 12,600 pounds of boneless veal products because they may be contaminated with three bacteria: E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O145 and E. coli O45. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the consumption of these products. The product is 60 pound boxes of boneless veal. The products recalled have the establishment number "M-27450" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a generic box label. The veal was produced on June 17, 18, 24, 28, and 29, 2013 and distributed to wholesalers in New York and California for further processing. Many clinical laboratories do not test for the non-O157 Shigatoxin-producing (STEC) E. coli bacteria such as O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 because it is harder to identify. Infections from … [Read more...]

National Beef Packing Company Recalling Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O157:H7

National Beef Packing Company of Kansas is recalling about 50,100 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. All the products bear the establishment number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced on July 18, 2013 and shipped in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers, and food service distributors nationwide. The beef bears brand names "National Beef", "NatureSource", and "NatureWell." The recalled products are all in 10 pound chubs. The products include "National Beef" 93/7 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 0707; "NatureSource" 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, Product Code 7031; "NatureSource" 85/15 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7054; “NatureSource” 90/10 Fine Ground Beef, Product Code 7344; and “NatureSource” 93/7 Fine Ground … [Read more...]

St. John Creamery in Washington State Recalls Raw Goat Milk

St. John Creamery in Lake Stevens, Washington is recalling refrigerated and frozen raw goat's milk that was sold in the western part of that state. The Washington State Department of Agriculture testing found E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in the milk. The samples are being tested again by a third lab. The bottles of raw goat's milk have brown caps and a sell by date of July 29, 2013 and later. The creamery sells milk for human consumption and for pets. If you purchased this product, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. No illnesses have been reported to date. E. coli O157:H7 is a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illness. Symptoms include severe abdominal cramps, watery and/or bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and a mild fever. If you are experiencing any of these … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Illnesses Linked to Swimming in Lake Minnetonka

Three cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness in Minnesotans linked to swimming in the Big Island area of Lake Minnetonka, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). All three cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection have the same DNA fingerprint.  One person was hospitalized but has since recovered. The connection to Lake Minnetonka was found after investigators questioned those sickened. All of the cases reported swimming and boating on July 4, 2013, in the Big Island area of Lake Minnetonka. The image is courtesy the Star Tribune, and it shows how popular that area is with boaters. The source of the E. coli in the water is unknown. However, lakes can be contaminated through multiple methods, including animal waste, individual septic systems or sewage spills, improper boat waste … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed after Child Dies from E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of a young boy who died from E. coli O157:H7 and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure almost always caused by E. coli O157:H7. On September 30, 2012, the two-year-old and his parents visited the petting zoo at the Cleveland County fair in North Carolina, according to documents filed in the lawsuit. Beginning on October 3, 2012, the boy had symptoms of gastroenteritis and bloody diarrhea. He was diagnosed with an E. coli O157:H7 infection and HUS a few days later.  Although the The boy received intensive medical treatment, including dialysis, he died on October 12, 2012. The lawsuit was filed in Gaston County Superior Court, State of North Carolina (13-CVS 2339). The defendants in the case … [Read more...]

Los Burritos in Lombard, IL Associated with E. coli Outbreak

An outbreak of E. coli O157 has been associated with eating at Los Burritos Mexicanos, located at 1015 E. Saint Charles Road in Lombard, IL, according to the DuPage County Health Department.  Los Burritos has been closed pending further results of the investigation.   As of the morning of June 17, four people have laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7). Two of the four were hospitalized. The specific food responsible for the illnesses has not been determined. Restaurants can be sued for for E. coli food poisoning when the food source of the outbreak is not found, according to attorney Fred Pritzker, a national E. coli lawyer. "In some restaurant outbreak cases, it’s not possible to identify the precise food product responsible … [Read more...]

Bar-B-Q Shack E. Coli Outbreak: What’s the Multiplier?

The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to the Bar-B-Q Shack in Toccoa, Georgia has sickened at least 11 people. Seven of the ill persons have been hospitalized. And five have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious illness which can cause kidney failure. In most outbreaks, we know that illnesses are greatly underreported, because most people can recover from Salmonella or Vibrio infections without a doctor's help. But Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) infections are different. That pathogenic bacteria causes potentially deadly illness that can last for a long time. A study from the CDC found that duration of illness is the most important statistically significant symptom that increased both the probability of visiting a doctor and having a stool sample taken. Violent, … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with Coco Loco A&M Restaurant in College Station, TX

The E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least five people in Brazos county, Texas has been linked to ground beef served at the Coco Loco restaurant off George Bush Drive in College Station. We don't know how the ground beef was cooked; if it was served as hamburgers or as part of another dish such as tacos. Officials do not know if improper temperature, improper cooking, or cross-contamination caused the outbreak. The outbreak seems to be isolated to mid-April 2013. Two young brothers developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a result of their illnesses and were hospitalized for a long time. Ground beef has been linked to many foodborne illness outbreaks in the past several years; E. coli outbreaks are quite common. Why is this food so problematic? The answer lies in how ground … [Read more...]

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