November 18, 2019

Dungeness Valley Creamery Recalls Raw Milk, Cream For Possible E. coli

Dungeness Valley Creamery of Sequim, Washington, is voluntarily recalling their raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream, because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The same facility recalled the same products in April 2019 for the same pathogen. No illnesses have been reported to the creamery or to public health officials to date in connection with this problem. The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in retail raw whole milk that is dated 06/05. Dungeness Valley Creamery is working with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to try to find the source of the pathogen. The day's raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream with best by dates of … [Read more...]

ALDI Baker’s Corner Flour Recalled For Possible E. coli Contamination

ALDI Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour is being recalled by the Rhode Island Department of Health after the potential presence of E. coli was found in that product. Officials tested a five pound bag of the product at the state health laboratories. The advisory affects just one lot code of Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour, packaged in five pound bags. The flour is packed for ALDI supermarkets. The lot code on the product is L18A02B, and the "best if used by" date is December 2, 2019. All other types of Baker's Corner flour are not affected. This recall is a good reminder that no one should consume products make with raw, or uncooked, flour. Flour is a raw agricultural product and has been contaminated with pathogens before. Any product that is grown outdoors can be contaminated by many … [Read more...]

Raw Oysters Sold by DiCarlo Seafood Linked to Outbreak Recalled

Raw oysters that are linked to a multistate, multi pathogen food poisoning outbreak have been recalled, according to the California Department of Public Health. The recalling firm is DiCarlo Seafood of Wilmington, California. At least 16 people who live in 5 states are sick in this outbreak. The pathogens involved are Shigella, Vibrio, E. coli, Campylobacter, and norovirus. Some of the patients are sick with more than one pathogen. Two people have been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. The patients live in Alaska, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Nevada. The DiCarlo Seafood imported raw oysters were harvested from Estero El Cardon in Baja California Sur, Mexico. They were sold at restaurants in California. We know they were sold at Fish Market Restaurant at … [Read more...]

Oysters From Mexico Linked to Multistate Shigella Vibrio Outbreak

Oysters from Mexico are linked to a multistate Shigella, Vibrio, E. coli, Campylobacter, and norovirus outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some patients were sickened with more than one pathogen. This outbreak was reported by the California Department of Public Health on May 7, 2019; all of the patients at that time lived in California. Now 16 people from five states are ill in this outbreak. Two people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. No deaths have been reported. One recall, by DiCarlo Seafood in Wilmington, California, has been issued. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), California (12), Illinois (1), New Hampshire (1), and Nevada (1). Illness onset dates range from December 16, 2018 to April 4, 2019. The patient age … [Read more...]

What Are the Common Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

Given that 48,000,000 Americans are sickened with food poisoning every year in this country, every American has most likely had food poisoning. But many people confuse the symptoms of these illnesses with the "24 hour flu" or "stomach flu." As a result, some patients could be undiagnosed and untreated, and develop the long term consequences of these illnesses without even knowing they had been sickened by these pathogens. What are the symptoms of food poisoning? At this time, there are five ongoing multistate food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S. An E. coli O103 outbreak is linked to ground beef, a Salmonella Carrau outbreak is linked to precut melons, a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak is linked to deli meats and cheeses, and a Salmonella Newport outbreak is linked to raw … [Read more...]

Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Milk Recalled For Possible E. coli

Dungeness Valley Creamery of Sequim, Washington, is recalling their raw, unpasteurized whole milk, skim milk, and cream because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that can cause illness. Routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the pathogen in retail raw whole milk that was dated 4/6. Dungeness Valley Creamery retail raw whole milk, skim milk, and cream with the best by dates of 4/6 through 4/20 has been recalled. These products were bottled in gallon, half-gallon, quart, and pint containers. They were sold to customers, including retail stores, in western Washington state. Dairy products may be contaminated because ruminant animals such as cows and goats can carry E. coli bacteria in their intestines. The bacteria is excreted in feces, … [Read more...]

History of E. coli Outbreaks Linked to Ground Beef

E. coli outbreaks have a long history in the United States. This pathogen is typically associated with beef; in fact, a 2015 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the USDA found that beef is the source of most E. coli outbreaks. Of the 952 outbreaks during the 14 year period that was studied, 170 were caused by E. coli; of those, 97 were caused by beef. Most of these outbreaks have been caused by E. coli O157:H7. But others have been linked to O26 or O103. Sometimes, the specific serotype is not named by public health officials. The history of E. coli outbreaks linked to ground beef and ground beef products in the United States include: E. coli O26 outbreak linked to Cargill Meat Solutions ground beef in 2018 sickened at least 18 people in 4 … [Read more...]

Did the Last Thing You Ate Give You Food Poisoning?

Whenever anyone gets sick with a foodborne illness, the question is what food made them sick. Did the last thing you ate give you food poisoning? The answer, surprisingly, is probably not. Bacteria that cause food poisoning have incubation periods. During that time, the bacteria grows and some produce toxins and your immune system starts to respond. The response is what causes the symptoms. It can take some time for the symptoms of food poisoning to develop, depending on the pathogen. These incubation times are one reason why tracking the source of a food poisoning outbreak can be so difficult. First, investigators must interview patients and ask them what they ate in the past week. And second, it's difficult for patients to remember what they ate in the past week. These are … [Read more...]

What Are the Long Term Consequences of Food Poisoning?

Since 48,000,000 Americans are sickened with food poisoning every year, it's a safe bet to say that every American has had food poisoning at least once during their life. We are all aware of the symptoms of these illnesses, from E. coli O157:H7 to Salmonella to Listeria monocytogenes. But when you recover, should you still be concerned? Yes. All of these illnesses can lead to long term consequences. And each pathogen has its own set of health issues that can arise weeks, months, or years after recovery. That's why it's a good idea to have these illnesses recorded on your medical chart. E. coli O157:H7 This pathogen can cause the most serious illness. If a person contracts this infection, they may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure. Shiga … [Read more...]

New Study Shows Neighborhood Antibiotic Use Increases Resistance

A new study, published in Israel and published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, found that increased use of antibiotics in certain neighborhoods is associated with an increased risk of acquiring an antibiotic-resistant infection. The scientists looked at fluoroquinolone-resistant E. coli bacteria found in urine cultures of Israelis in more than 1700 neighborhoods. The authors say that this may mean that individual personal consumption of antibiotics isn't the only way that antibiotic resistance is being spread. There may be a selective mechanism for resistance at the community level too. The researchers collected medical records and demographic date on 2.4 million patients, and analyzed almost 5 million urine-culture specimens sent to Clalit Health Services from 2010 … [Read more...]

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