October 20, 2019

CDC Weighs In On Bison Burgers E. coli O103 and O121 Outbreak

An E. coli O103 and O121 outbreak linked to Northfork Bison ground bison and Bison Burgers/Buffalo Burgers has sickened at least 21 people in 7 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These products are imported from Canada. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Florida (4), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (2), New York (9), and Pennsylvania (3). Eight people have been hospitalized. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, have been reported. Illness onset dates range from March 18 to June 18, 2019. The patient age range is from 6 to 79 years. Six people are sick with E. coli O103, 13 are sick with E. coli O121, and 2 people are sick with both of these pathogens. Epidemiologic and traceback information … [Read more...]

E. coli O121 and O103 Outbreak Associated with Ground Bison Sickens 21

An E. coli O121 and O103 outbreak likely linked to ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributors has sickened at least 21 people in 7 states. This investigation into this outbreak is being conducted by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, since the supplier is in Québec, Canada. The CDC and FDA have analyzed traceback information to determine that ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributors is the likely cause of this outbreak. The FDA regulates bison meat because authority to do so is not assigned specifically to the USDA in the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The states where ill persons live are Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Eight people have been … [Read more...]

Rad Cat Raw Diet Pet Foods Lots Recalled for Possible Listeria and E. coli O121 Contamination

Radagast Pet Food of Portland, Oregon is recalling three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe pet food because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Also recalled is one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe because it may be contaminated with E coli O121. The risk to humans is that people handing these products could ingest these pathogenic bacteria if they don't wash their hands after handling these products. And animals eating these pet foods could get sick or become carriers, and pass the bacteria on to people. Listeria monocytogenes can sicken pets, with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, fever, weight loss and muscular or respiratory problems. E. coli O121 is not known to cause illness in cats, but there is zero tolerance for … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Outbreak Linked to General Mills Flour Highlights Risk of Raw Flour

Consumption of raw flour can lead to E. coli HUS infections, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, titled "Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) Infections Associated with Flour," looks at the 2016 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour. That outbreak was caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O21 and O26 bacteria. The CDC investigation ended on September 29, 2016 and stated that "Although the outbreak investigation is over, illnesses are expected to continue for some time. The recalled flour and flour products have long shelf lives and may still be in people's homes. Consumers who don't know about the recalls could continue to eat the products and get sick." At least 63 people in 24 states were infected with the outbreak … [Read more...]

MMWR Covers Canadian Flour E. coli O121 Outbreak

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for the week of July 78, 2017 has a report about the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 infections in Canada that were associated with flour. That outbreak sickened at least 30 people. Patients affected in this outbreak lived in three provinces when the illnesses were first discovered. PulseNet Canada identified a cluster of six E. coli non-O157 isolates with a matching PFGE pattern on December 29, 2016. An investigation was launched in January 2017. Patient illness onset dates ranged from November 2016 to April 2017. As of May 23, 2017, a total of 29 cases were identified in Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Eight patients were hospitalized, and one developed … [Read more...]

More Pie and Tart Shells Recalled in Canada for E. coli O121

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling more pie shells and tart shells for possible E. coli O121 contamination. Both of the recalls cover these products sold in Ontario. The first is an update of a recall issued on June 23, 2017. You can see the long list of recalled products, with the brand name, common name, size, product codes, UPC numbers, product photos, and where they were sold at the CFIA web site. Brand include Schnurr's and HomeStyle Flavours, The second recall updates the information in the updated recall and includes more brand names, including Apple Valley, Cloverleaf Farms Food, Remark Fresh Markets, Schmidt's Bulk Pantry, and Wallenstein. If you purchased these products, do not eat them even if you plan to bake them. Throw them away in a double bagged … [Read more...]

Recall of Pie and Tart Shells in Canada for E. coli O121 Updated

The food recall warnings for pie and tart shells in Canada for possible E. coli O121 contamination has been updated. There have been many recalls for different brands of these types of products since April 20017. No illnesses have been reported with the consumption of these specific products, but there is an E. coli outbreak in Canada associated with recalled flour. The recalled items are from Harlan Bakeries - Edmonton. They were sold nationally at the retail level. They include sweetened tart shells in 570 gram packages, with best before dates 2017 DE 21 and 2017 DE 23. The UPC number is 0 60383 10429 0. Also recalled is Great Value brand Deep Dish Pie Shells in 380 gram packages. The code on that product is best before 2017 DE 23 and the UPC number is 6 28915 08589 1. Finally, Great … [Read more...]

Smucker Foods of Canada Recalls Flour for E. coli O121

Smucker Foods of Canada is voluntarily recalling some production codes of Golden Temple, Swad, and Maya flour products sold in the U.S. for possible E. coli O121 contamination. These products were made by Ardent Mills in Saskatchewan, Canada. The products are all packaged in 20 pound paper bags and were distributed nationwide to 19 distributors and two small retailers. There are no reported illnesses associated with the U.S. product recall. There is an E. coli O121 outbreak in Canada that is associated with some flours produced by Ardent Mills. The recalled products include Maya Durum Wheat Atta Flour with UPC number 0 20843 10001 9 and lot codes 6 286 548 and 6 287 548; Swad Durum Atta Flour Chappati Flour with UPC number 0 51179 16030 9 and lot codes 6 294 … [Read more...]

More Info on Ardent Mills Flour Recall for E. coli in Canada

The food recall warning issued on May 11, 2017 in Canada for E. coli O121 in Ardent Mills flour has been updated. While there is an E. coli outbreak in Canada associated with flour, there are no confirmed illnesses associated with the products named in this recall. You can see the long list of products, the brand name, package size, codes on the product, UPC numbers, and photos at the CFIA web site. Brand names included in this recall are Creative Baker, Brodie, Golden Temple, Robin Hood, and Purity. If you purchased any of these products, do not use them even if they are going to be baked. Throw away the flour or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

New E. coli Outbreak in Canada Associated with Flour

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has issued an alert about a new outbreak of E. coli O121 associated with flour. Six people in that province were infected with the same strain of E. coli O121 between February and April, 2017. A sample of flour from one of the ill person's home was tested by the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory. The flour tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O121 in all the illnesses. Public health officials do not know if all of the patients consumed the same flour. But the BCCDC is recommending that all consumers throw away Rogers all-purpose flour in a 10 kg bag with lot number MFD 17 JAN 19 C. this flour was sold at Costco in British Columbia beginning January 2017. This outbreak is happening at the same time as a national … [Read more...]

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