August 16, 2018

The Butcher’s Blend Ground Beef Recalled in Canada for Possible E. coli O157 Contamination

The Butcher's Blend is recalling some extra lean ground beef products in Canada for possible E. coli O157 contamination. Consumers should not eat these recalled products, even if they are going to cook them. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recalled products include Extra Lean Ground Beef with no brand name in 1 pound packages. There are no codes on this product because it was sold by The Butcher's Blend at the Western Fair District Farmer's Market on June 16, 2018. The product also does not have a UPC number. Mitchell's Butcher's Blend/Old East Village Grocer Extra Lean Ground Beef is also recalled. It was sold in about 1 pound packages. The best before date is JUN 23/18, and the UPC number starts with 0 200150. Finally, Mitchell's … [Read more...]

IFSAC Releases Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates for 2013 for Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria, and Campylobacter

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) has released foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2013 for four bacteria: Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. This agency is a collaboration between the CDC, the FDA, and the USDA-FSIS. The agency identifies foods that are important causes of human illness. It focuses its efforts on those four bacteria, which are responsible for most food poisoning illnesses in the United States. The CDC estimates that these four pathogens cause 1.9 million foodborne illness cases every year. They base that estimate by calculating the most common food sources that are linked to illnesses. Overall, about 9,000,000 Americans are sickened with food poisoning. More than 56,000 are … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Outbreak in Canada Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grows; One Person Has Died

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Canada that is linked to romaine lettuce has grown. Nine more people are sick, Ontario and Nova Scotia have been added to the case count, and one person has died. There are now 30 people sick in five provinces. There are no product recalls linked to these illness at this time. Romaine lettuce has been identified as the product that has caused this outbreak. The investigation is ongoing and Public Health Agency of Canada will update the outbreak on a regular basis. The case count by province is: Ontario, (6), Quebec (5), New Brunswick (5), Nova Scotia (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13). People got sick in November and December 2017. Twelve people have been hospitalized in this E. coli O157 outbreak. The patient age range is between 4 and 80 years … [Read more...]

An E. coli O157 Outbreak in Canada is Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Sickening 21 People in 3 Provinces

An E. coli O157 outbreak in Canada is linked to romaine lettuce. There are no product recalls at this time associated with this outbreak. At least 21 people are sick in three provinces. The case count by province is: Quebec (3), New Brunswick (5), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13). Ten of those patients have been hospitalized because their illness is so serious. All of these people got sick in middle and late November 2017. The patient age range is from 5 to 72. Most of the cases, 72%, are female. Many of these people reported eating romaine lettuce before their symptoms started. A common source of E. coli O157 bacteria is raw fruits and vegetables. They can come into contact with feces from infected animals, in the fields, during harvest, and during transportation. Leafy greens … [Read more...]

E. coli Research Will Continue at University of Nebraska

An E. coli research program that has led to improved detection methods and food safety education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with continue.The $25 million project is investigating Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) strains that can contaminate beef. The project began in 2011. This type of bacteria can cause serious infections, which can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in some cases. HUS can cause kidney failure and death. The project is in its final phase. It has also improved eradication techniques for meat-packing pants and has given scientists a better understanding of how the bacteria grows and proliferates. Dr. Rodney Moxley, a professor of veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences at the University and the project director said, "the whole goal is to … [Read more...]

Rapid Test for E. coli O157 Developed

Scientists at Western University have developed a new rapid-test system to detect E. coli O157 bacteria. This new test will help prevent recalls and outbreaks, since it can be used to discover contamination before the food leaves the plant and is shipped. The collaboration that developed this test is between Dr. Michael Rieder at the Robarts Research Institute at Western University and two London entrepreneurs. Currently, it can take up to three weeks for testing conducted on foods, especially ground meat products. After the initial test, most facilities test again for confirmation. Most facilities do not test-and-hold foods; rather, they conduct tests, then the food is shipped to retail locations. That's why recalls are so often issued. If a test comes back positive, a recall must be … [Read more...]

Milk Makers Fest E. coli Patient Still Hospitalized

Organizers of the Milk Makers Fest in Lynden, Washington, said one of the 45 case patients in an E. coli outbreak associated with the annual schools event remained hospitalized this week at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. All together there have been eight hospitalizations among a case patient population dominated by first-graders from public schools throughout Whatcom County, including schools in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Meridian, Blaine, Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker. E. coli lawyers, medical experts, infectious disease investigators and a growing number of parents suspect the cause of  the outbreak could be related to animal feces at the event's petting zoo or around other live animals on exhibit at the Milk Makers Fest. Still, officials from the Centers for Disease Control … [Read more...]

Researchers at KSU Created Better E. coli Detection Methods

Researchers at Kansas State University are creating better ways to detect E. coli to improve the cattle industry and protect consumers. Lane Noll, master's student in veterinary biomedical science, Dr. T.G. Nagaraja, and Jianfa Bai are leading the project. A USDA Coordinated Agriculture Project grant is funding the research. Noll has developed a molecular assay that can "detect and quantify major genes specific for E. coli O157. He said in a statement, "developing a method to detect E. coli before it can potentially contaminate the food supply benefits the beef industry by preventing costly recalls but also benefits the consumer by ensuring the safety of the beef supply." The test finds the bacteria through "fingerprints", or genetic sequences, that are unique to that organism. The … [Read more...]

10 E. coli Cases in OH and MI, Are Burgers the Source of an Outbreak?

Are rare burgers the source of an E. coli outbreak in Michigan and Ohio? Lab tests have shown that cases in both states are a genetic match and health authorities in Michigan have identified ground beef as the source as all of the Michigan cases reported eating a rare hamburger at different restaurants before becoming ill. It's possible other states are involved. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with state and county health departments to track the the source of the ground beef which may have been contaminated with E. coli O157 before it arrived at restaurant locations in Michigan. In Ohio, the four case patients range in age from 19 to 42. Three are from Lucas county, one is from Portage county. In Michigan, the case patients, who range in age from 20 to 41, are … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Sickens 10 in MI and OH

E. coli O157 has sickened at least 10 people in Michigan and Ohio in what may be a multistate outbreak linked to ground beef. All of the Michigan cases reported eating a rare hamburger at a restaurant before becoming ill. The Ohio Department of Health is investigating four cases of E. coli O157, three in Lucas County and 1 in Portage county.  The case patients range in age from 19 to 42 years old.  Three of them were hospitalized but none developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which leads to kidney failure. Laboratory testing has shown that the Ohio cases are a genetic match to at least five cases reported in MI earlier this week. Those cases patients, who range in age from 20 to 41, all reported eating rare hamburgers at different restaurants in late April.   Now, a sixth … [Read more...]

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