December 9, 2016

General Mills Flour E. coli Outbreak Investigation Ends

The E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled Gold Medal flour from General Mills is over, according to the CDC, but the government expects illnesses to continue for some time. These products have long shelf lives and may still be in consumers' homes. A list of the recalled products and how to identify them is at the CDC web site. The recalled products include several varieties of Gold Medal flour, along with brownie and cake mixes, bread mixes, muffin mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and meat and poultry products that were made with the recalled flours. A total of 63 people in 24 states have been infected so far. Seventeen of those people were hospitalized for their illnesses. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths were reported in this outbreak. … [Read more...]

CDC Confirms E. coli Outbreak in CO, ID, and NY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that the E. coli outbreak in Washington state that is associated with the Matador restaurant also includes patients in three other states. No additional cases have been identified as of Friday, September 16, 2016. Seven people in Washington state are also infected with the same E. coli strain. Lola S. Russell, Senior Health Communications Specialist for the CDC stated, "CDC is assisting the Washington State Department of Health with an investigation related to an E. coli outbreak potentially linked to a Seattle restaurant. Three cases of E. coli with the same DNA fingerprint in three other states (Colorado, Idaho, and New York) are under investigation to determine if they are linked to the … [Read more...]

Matador Restaurant Reopens after E. coli Outbreak

King County Public Health has released a statement saying that the Matador restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle has reopened as of 2:00 pm September 15, 2016. The restaurant has been cleaned and sanitized, and all opened and prepared food was discarded after an E. coli outbreak. That restaurant is associated with an E. coli outbreak that sickened five people in the Seattle area. There are ten people infected with the same strain of E. coli bacteria. Seven of them ate food from the Matador. The other three patients, who all live outside King County, are "not known to have eaten at the Matador." News reports have stated that three of those sickened in King County have been hospitalized. And the others who are sick with the same E. coli strain may live in Colorado, … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with Memo’s Restaurant in Seattle, WA

King County Public Health is investigating two Shiga toxin-producing E coli (STEC) infections that are associated with Memo's Mexican Food restaurant in the University District in Seattle. One person lives in King County; the other does not. The King County resident ate at that restaurant on August 18 and August 24, 2016. The other Washington state resident ate there on August 24, 2016. Public Health received the first report of illness on August 31, 2016. Both persons have recovered. PFGE testing has found that both of the illnesses were caused by the same strain of E. coli bacteria. There is another E. coli outbreak in that county that is associated with the Matador Restaurant in the Ballard Neighborhood of Seattle. The genetic fingerprint for the strain in the Memo's outbreak … [Read more...]

King County Updates WA Matador E. coli Outbreak

King County has updated their investigation into the E. coli outbreak among people who ate at the Matador restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. In addition to the five people sickened who ate at the Matador restaurant, there are five others who are sick with the same E. coli strain. And there are two other Washington state residents, who do not live in King County, and three out-of-state residents who have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli bacteria. One of the out-of-state cases had a meal at the Matador restaurant in Ballard during the exposure period. The others do not have any identifiable links to the restaurant. And there are no links to restaurants other than the Matador in this outbreak at this time. The genetic fingerprint of the E. … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with WA Matador Restaurant

An E. coli outbreak is associated with the Matador restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, according to the King County Department of Public Health. At least five people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. The government has temporarily suspended Matador's food business permit so the facility can be cleaned and sanitized. The bacteria that caused these illnesses is Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC). This pathogenic bacteria can cause serious illness; in fact, three people were hospitalized in this outbreak because they were so sick. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly complication of an E. coli infection. Four of those sickened ate at the Matador Restaurant on August 14, 2016, and one person ate there on … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Sturgeon Elementary School in Missouri

According to the Sturgeon R-V School District in Sturgeon, Missouri in Boone County, an E. coli outbreak has sickened four students at the Sturgeon Elementary School. All of the students were in the early Elementary classes. The Boone County Health Department has confirmed the illnesses, according to a letter sent to preK-8 parents and high school parents on September 7, 2016. Andrea Warner, Public Information Office of the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that there are four confirmed cases of STEC O157:H7 and two probable cases. All of those sickened are preschool and school-aged children. The first onset date is August 12, 2016 and the most recent is August 30, 2016. The infection was diagnosed before the school year start … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Washington County Fair; Is This Common?

The E. coli outbreak that may be associated with the Washington County Fair in Oregon raises questions about the safety of county and state fairs. At least two people are sick in that outbreak. There have been several serious outbreaks linked to those types of events in the past few years. The current outbreak in Oregon may or may not be related to the fair, but public health officials are looking at livestock exhibits at that event. Ruminant animals, such as cows and goats, can harbor E. coli bacteria in their intestines. Those animals will not get sick because they lack the gene for the disease to develop. But those animals shed the pathogenic bacteria in their feces. The bacteria can then get onto the animal's udders, onto their hooves, and onto their coats. When people drink … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Washington County, Oregon; May be Fair-Related

Washington County, Oregon Public Health is investigating several cases of diarrheal illness caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria in that area. One of the sources officials are looking at is livestock at the Washington County Fair.   Anyone who attended the Washington County Fair July 28-31, 2016 and has experienced the symptoms of a STEC infection should contact their healthcare provider. Symptoms include severe stomach and abdominal cramps, vomiting, a mild fever, and diarrhea that is watery and/or bloody. The source has not been definitely identified. The investigation is ongoing. Public Health is also investigating food items that are not related to the fair. STEC infections can be life-threatening, especially if they develop into hemolytic uremic … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Grassfields Cheese E. coli Outbreak and Recall Info

The FDA updated information about the Grassfields Cheese E. coli outbreak and recall on August 8, 2016. That company is voluntarily recalling 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria. The recall is for all tyeps and sizes of organic cheeses manufactured by Grassfields that is currently on the market. The recalled products were sold under the Grassfields name and include: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Chili Cheese, Fait Fras, Polkton Corners and Crofters.  The cheeses were sold as 12 pound wheels, Six pound half wheels, and wedges of various sizes ranging from less than 12 pounds to 1/3 pound. Wheels and half wheels are sold packaged in cheese paper and wedges are sold … [Read more...]

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