January 23, 2018

CDC Updates Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Associated with Leafy Greens; Romaine?

The deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak in the United States that is associated with leafy greens and may be linked to romaine lettuce has been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, fifteen states, and the FDA are investigating the outbreak. As of January 10, 2018, 24 people are sick. That's an increase of seven illnesses since the initial report of the outbreak on December 28, 2017. The last reported illness started on December 12, 2017. The case count by state is:  California (4), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Maryland (3), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Illnesses began on dates ranging from November 15, 2017 to … [Read more...]

FDA Commissioner Comments on Deadly E. coli O57:H7 HUS Outbreak That May Be Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The FDA Commissioner tweeted a comment yesterday on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak in the United States that may be linked to romaine lettuce. He said "Illness onsets among reported cases occurred in late November and early December, so the source of these cases likely is no longer on the market." Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about a few days to more than a week. The heads have a shelf life of 7 to 10 days, while chopped or leaf lettuce products have a shelf life of 3 to 5 days. While the lettuce that may have caused the illnesses is no longer on the market, we do not know where the products were sold, or where the leafy green was grown, harvested, or processed. There is an outbreak in Canada that is linked to romaine lettuce. At least 41 people were sickened in … [Read more...]

Rep. DeLauro Wants Answers on the Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak That May be Associated with Romaine Lettuce

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday, asking for information on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak "which is responsible for 58 infections and 2 deaths in the United States and Canada." The Congresswoman is alarmed by the CDC's response to the outbreak, which was confirmed on December 28, 2017. No more information has been released to the public about this outbreak since then. DeLauro added that, "CDC confirmed the outbreak on December 28 - almost a month and a half after the first infection. As with any food safety threat, foodborne illness represents a grave risk to the health and wellbeing of consumers across our nation, particularly children and the elderly.” She added, "CDC’s stunning lack of … [Read more...]

Five Hospitalized, Two HUS, and One Death in E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

Five people have been hospitalized, two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and one person has died in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that may be associated with romaine lettuce, Brittany Behm, Public Affairs Specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Food Poisoning Bulletin. At least 17 people are sick in 13 states. The states where ill persons live are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington. Each state, except for California, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, has one patient. In Canada, at least 41 people in five provinces are sick, and one person has died, according to Public Health Canada. In that country, officials are recommending … [Read more...]

Deadly E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Leads to Consumer Reports Recommends Avoiding Romaine Lettuce

The deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Canada and the United States that has sickened at least 58 people has prompted Consumer Reports to recommend that people avoid eating romaine lettuce for now. The outbreak in Canada has been linked to this specific leafy green, but officials in the United States have still not pinpointed a specific product in that outbreak. The Consumer Reports article states that "five people in the U.S. have been hospitalized and one has died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There has also been one death in Canada." Canadian officials have reported the death in that country, but there has been no official statement from the CDC about a death in the U.S. So far, 17 people are sick in 13 states, which includes California, … [Read more...]

History of Food Poisoning Outbreaks Linked to Lettuce and Other Leafy Greens is Long

An ongoing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that may be associated with romaine lettuce has sickened at least 17 people in the United States and 41 people in Canada. Both the CDC and the Public Health Agency of Canada have announced these outbreaks that may be related. In Canada, a link has been made to that type of leafy green, but officials in the United States are still investigating the source. Public health officials in this country are not releasing much information, beyond the case count by state and the fact that they are investigating the outbreak. In Canada, officials are recommending that people who live in five provinces avoid romaine lettuce, but no such recommendation has been made in the U.S. This is not the first time lettuce has been linked to a serious food poisoning … [Read more...]

Officials Still Investigating Deadly E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in U.S. and Canada

Public health officials in the United States and Canada are still investigating the deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has been linked to romaine lettuce in Canada. There is still no word on whether or not the illnesses in the United States have been linked to the leafy green. As of December 28, 2017, there are 41 cases in Canada and 17 in the United States. One person in Canada has died. While officials in Canada say epidemiologic evidence links the outbreak to romaine lettuce, and that people in the affected provinces should avoid that green, no such recommendation has been made in the United States. According to news reports, Jungle Jim's Eatery in Canada has stopped serving romaine lettuce in its 26 locations in that country. Their distributors, Sysco, has stated they are … [Read more...]

CDC and FDA Investigating E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak; May Be Linked to Canada Romaine Outbreak

The CDC, the FDA, and officials in several states are investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 17 people in 13 states. The CDC notice states that the Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating a similar outbreak, which Food Poisoning Bulletin has been reporting on. In Canada, 41 people are sick and one person died. CDC is performing whole genome sequencing on samples from patients in the United States to see whether these illnesses are related to illness in Canada. Preliminary results show that the bacteria making people sick is "closely related genetically," meaning that these patients likely share a common source of infection. In Canada, the outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce. In the United States, patients are being interviewed to see … [Read more...]

Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2017: Number 6 I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak

The E. coli O157:H7 - HUS outbreak linked to recalled I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products was the sixth largest food poisoning outbreak of 2017. That outbreak sickened 32 people in 12 states, many of them children. Twelve people were hospitalized, and nine developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Eighty-one percent of patients in this outbreak were under the age of 18, mostly because those products were used as peanut butter substitutes in schools and daycare enters. The median patient age was 9. No deaths were reported in this outbreak. The patients lived in Washington state, Oregon, California, Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Illness onset dates ranged from January 4, 2017 to April … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak At Bread & Butter Farm in Vermont

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Vermont has been announced in a recall notice on the USDA's website today. Two people were sickened after eating cooked beef burgers at an event at Bread & Butter Farm located in Shelburne, Vermont. FSIS was notified about this outbreak on September 30, 2017. Traceback information indicates that both patients ate ground beef products at that farm during an event that was supplied by Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing in Ferrisburg, Vermont. Illness onset dates ranged from September 18, 2017 to September 23, 2017. FSIS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the Vermont Department of Health to investigate this outbreak and will release more information as it becomes available. Vermont Livestock recalled 133 … [Read more...]

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