February 23, 2017

Top 10 Multistate Outbreaks of 2016: Number 7 Adams Farm E. coli

The seventh largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016 was the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to beef products made by Adams Farm. Eleven people in five states were sickened in this outbreak. The case count by state is: Connecticut (2), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and West Virginia (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 10, 2016. Patients ranged in age from 1 year to 74. Seven of those sickened in this outbreak were hospitalized, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths were reported. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence indicated that beef products produced by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts were the likely … [Read more...]

Pritzker Hageman Wins $7.55 Million Verdict for Child with HUS E. coli

On November 22, 2016, noted food safety attorney Fred Pritzker and his team won a $7.55 million verdict for a child who contracted an E. coli infection and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in 2013 after visiting Dehn's Pumpkins, a business in Dayton, Minnesota. A jury in Hennepin County, Minnesota returned the verdict in favor of the child, who suffered severe kidney damage. The supporting lawyers on this case were Brendan Flaherty and Lindsay Lien Rinholen. The 10 year old girl went to the farm with her parents on the weekend of October 12 - 13, 2013 and got sick a few days later. At least seven people were sickened in that particular E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health linked the illnesses to cows that were in the animal attraction at the farm. At … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 among people who attended the Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest in Louisburg, Kansas. That event was held September 24 to 25 and October 1 to 2, 2016. So far, seven laboratory-confirmed cases of E. coli illnesses have been confirmed in this outbreak. The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC) can cause serious illness and death. The Kansas Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and KDHE performed an on-site assessment at the facility on October 27, 2016. Samples were collected for testing in public health laboratories. Public health officials are asking that anyone who experienced diarrhea one to ten days after attending either event to call … [Read more...]

CDC Declares Adams Farm E. coli Outbreak Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted their final update on the investigation into the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to beef products produced by Adams Farm. This outbreak appears to be over. Eleven people were infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 in five states. Seven of those people were hospitalized. One ill person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths were reported. The case count by state is: Connecticut (2), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and West Virginia (1).  Illness onset dates ranged from June 27, 2016 to September 10, 206. The patient age range was from 1 year to 74, with a median age of 32. Forty-five percent of ill … [Read more...]

Retail List Released for Recalled E. coli Adams Farm Meats

The USDA has released the retail consignment list for recalled Adams Farm Slaughterhouse beef, veal, and buffalo products that are linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in four states. Those products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The original recall notice stated that the meat was sold in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York and mentioned that it may have been distributed in neighboring states. You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site. They include beef cuts including beef for stewing, sirloin steak, strip steak, t-bone steak, tenderloin steak, and eye round roast, among others. The veal cuts being recalled include rib chops, loin chops, tenderloin, osso buco, and roasts, among others. And the bison … [Read more...]

Ranch Foods Beef Recall Associated with CO E. coli Outbreak

Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. The USDA worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department to determine that there is a possible link between the products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. FSIS found E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS is working with those departments in … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in New Hampshire Associated with Ground Beef

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with ground beef has sickened at least 12 people in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DPHS). The outbreak began in June. All twelve have the same strain of E. coli. There is no word if any of those sickened have been hospitalized. Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of DPHS, said,"The Division of Public Health Services is working with our federal partners to investigate the source of the ground beef that is causing people in New Hampshire to become ill. Ground beef is a known source of E. coli and it is important for people to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef whether at home or at a restaurant. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to severe illness with this … [Read more...]

Class Action Settlement Against XL Foods

A $4,000,000 class action settlement has been reached against XL foods in Alberta, Canada. A huge beef recall and E. coli O157:H7 outbreak four years ago sickened at least 18 people in Canada. The settlement is available for anyone sickened or who suffered an economic loss in the United States or Canada. The class action lawsuit was filed in 2013. A review found that the 2012 outbreak was caused by a lax approach to food safety. That review also found that XL Foods was not prepared to handle a large recall. About a million pounds of beef was recalled in the United States in 2012, which included about 1,800 different types of beef products. About 1.5 million pounds of XL Foods beef was recalled in Canada. After an import ban, XL Foods was cleared to ship beef to the United States again … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Ground Beef Recalled, Possible TN Outbreak

Snap's Ferry Packing Company of Tennessee is recalling 410 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The product was distributed to restaurants in Knoxville, Tennessee and was not sold at retail. There is an outbreak that may be linked to this recall. The recalled product is 5 pound packages of Ground Beef with a packaging date of November 20, 2015. The product has the establishment number "Est. 9085" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered on January 19, 2016, when a positive test for E. coli O157:H7 was traced back to the establishment as a result of an illness investigation in Tennessee. FSIS is working with the Tennessee Department of Health and Knox County Health Department on the investigation. E. coli is a potentially deadly … [Read more...]

Starbucks Customers Beware: Sandwiches May Contain E. coli Celery

More than 45,000 Starbucks holiday turkey sandwiches have been recalled because they main contain Taylor Farms celery that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. This recall is part of a huge recall affecting more than 155,000 items sold at restaurants and grocery stores across the country. The recalled product is SBUX Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Warm, in 7.7 ounce packaging. The number is 11045014.  The sandwiches have sell by dates of 11/20/15 to 11/28/15 and were sold in California, Oregon, and Nevada. The sell by date has passed, but it's possible that some consumers may still have these sandwiches at home in their refrigerators or freezers. If you do, throw it out and wash your hands carefully after handling the product. This recall stems from a multistate E. … [Read more...]

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