June 27, 2017

CDC Issues Report of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Dough

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a report about the 2015 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to a dough mix that was made into pizzas at "restaurant A." That outbreak sickened at least 13 people in nine states. On January 4, 2016, PulseNet identified a cluster of 10 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. The dates of illness onset ranged from December 6, 2015 through February 9, 2016. Eventually, 13 outbreak-associated cases were identified in Minnesota (5), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (1), North Carolina (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), South Dakota (1), and Wisconsin (1). Eight of those patients were hospitalized, and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Twelve patients were interviewed, and nine reported eating at one of … [Read more...]

Pizza Ranch is Latest E. coli Outbreak Linked to Dough

Beef is the most common source of E. coli outbreaks, but it's not the only one. E. coli outbreaks have been linked to vegetables, dairy, fruit, poultry, frozen foods and dough. The nine-state outbreak linked to Pizza Ranch restaurants is the latest example of an E. coli outbreak linked to dough. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak sickened 13 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota between December 6, 2015 and January 16, 2016. Dough used to make desserts was the source of the outbreak. The company, which has discontinued using the dough, faces lawsuits stemming form the outbreak. Both of them on behalf of children who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of  E. coli infections that most often … [Read more...]

First Lawsuit Filed Against Pizza Ranch After E. coli Outbreak

The first lawsuit against Pizza Ranch has been filed, following a recent E. coli outbreak that sickened 13 people in nine states. A national food safety law firm is representing the family of a 7-year-old girl who battled hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) from her E. coli infection during a two-week hospitalization. The suit was filed today, March 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas (Case No. 2:16-cv-02170) The Kansas girl was one of two children sickened in this outbreak to develop HUS, a complication from E. coli infections that most often affects children under 10. About 15 percent of children with E. coli infections develop HUS, which causes blood cells to become misshapen and to die prematurely, clogging the kidneys causing kidney failure, … [Read more...]

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