October 19, 2017

E. Coli Outbreak at Longhorn Steakhouse in Cincinnati Prompts Questions

An outbreak of E. coli associated with the Longhorn Steakhouse in Cincinnati Ohio has prompted some questions about eating at restaurants. While the source of this outbreak was most likely leafy greens, E. coli outbreaks are usually associated with improperly handled or inadequately cooked meat. Whenever I'm at a restaurant, I always ask some questions before ordering. I ask if the steak has been mechanically tenderized, and I ask if they check the temperature of their burgers with a food thermometer before serving. There are good scientific reasons behind these questions. Foodsafety.gov has a chart of the safe minimum cooking temperatures for all foods likely to harbor pathogenic bacteria. Steaks that have been mechanically tenderized should be cooked to 160 degrees F, or well done. … [Read more...]

Freshpoint Toronto Recalls Burger King, Sysco Salads for E. coli 0157:H7

Freshpoint Toronto is recalling more salads for possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. There is an outbreak of E. coli infections in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario associated with lettuce from California used by FreshPoint. A recall of FreshPoint lettuce was issued on January 12, 2013. At least 26 people are sickened in the outbreak so far. Most of the cases have recovered or are recovering. The reported illnesses occurred in late December 2012 and early January 2013.  The recalled salads are sold under the brand names Sysco, Burger King, PIzza Hut, Yum, and Freshpoint. The products include cut and chopped romaine lettuce, premium chopped romaine hearts, whole iceberg lettuce, chop salad mix, chef salad mix, salad mix harmony, and combo separate salad. You can see all of the … [Read more...]

Ohio E. coli Outbreak In Hamilton County, Leafy Greens Suspected

An E. coli outbreak likely caused by leafy greens has sickened five people in Hamilton County, Ohio, Food Poisoning Bulletin has learned. The outbreak was confirmed this morning by Mike Samet, a public information officer for the county's public health department. There are five confirmed cases and one probable case of  E. coli 0157:H7 infection which were likely caused by tainted leafy greens, he said. The case patients, four females and two males, range in age from 12 to 83 and first showed signs of illness from December 10 to December 15, 2012. "If, indeed, leafy greens are the source, it’s ironic that this outbreak occurred just days before proposed rules were issued by the FDA which require new safety precautions affecting vegetables as well as other food products," said Fred … [Read more...]

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