September 28, 2016

Beef Recalled for Big Six STEC E. coli

PFP Enterprises is recalling about 15,865 pounds of beef products because it may be contaminated with E. coli 0103, 0111, 0121, 0145, 026, and 045 according to the USDA. Those are the six non-O157 shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC) that the USDA classified as adulterants last year. No reports of illness have been reported to date. The recalled products include 10.5 pound boxes of Beef Outside Skirt Steak with a pack date of "12/13/13"; 20 pound boxes of Studio Movie Grill Beef Tenderloin Sliced, with a pack date of "12/05/13"; 15 pound boxes of Preseasoned Beef for Fajita, with a use by date of "1/13/14"; 40 pound boxes of Southwest Style Beef Skirts, with a pack date of "12/5/13"; and 20 pound boxes of Patterson Food Processors Beef Skirt Seasoned, with a pack date of … [Read more...]

United Processing Recalls Veal for Three E. coli Bacteria

United Processing LLC of New York is recalling about 12,600 pounds of boneless veal products because they may be contaminated with three bacteria: E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O145 and E. coli O45. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the consumption of these products. The product is 60 pound boxes of boneless veal. The products recalled have the establishment number "M-27450" inside the USDA mark of inspection on a generic box label. The veal was produced on June 17, 18, 24, 28, and 29, 2013 and distributed to wholesalers in New York and California for further processing. Many clinical laboratories do not test for the non-O157 Shigatoxin-producing (STEC) E. coli bacteria such as O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 because it is harder to identify. Infections from … [Read more...]

Farm Rich E. coli Outbreak: Non-O157 STEC Infections Gain Recognition

A new study published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease found that there was increased recognition of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections in the U.S. during 2000 to 2010. That is precisely the type of bacterial infection linked to the recalled Farm Rich mini meal products. There are six serogroups of E. coli bacteria that produce Shiga toxins that food facilities and the government test for. Those toxins get into the bloodstream and can cause kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and hemolytic anemia. The most common and dangerous is E. coli O157:H7. The other serogroups, listed below, are less common, but can still cause severe symptoms, long term health problems, and even death. The study states that STEC infections are an important cause of … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak May be Associated with Farm Rich Products Mini Meals and Snacks

An outbreak of E. coli 0121 has been associated with recalled Farm Rich Products mini meals and snacks. According to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), there is a multistate outbreak of the bacteria that includes 24 people in 15 states. So far, eight of the patients sickened by the bacteria in Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia report consuming Farm Rich products. You can see the complete list of recalled products at the USDA web site, along with label photos. The New York Department of Health found the outbreak strain of the bacteria in a Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadilla from a patient in that state. The CDC has not released any information about this investigation yet. E. coli 0121 can produce Shiga toxin, which can … [Read more...]

Homestead Creamery Cheese Sold at HyVee in Missouri Recalled for Possible E. coli

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) have announced that Homestead Creamery of Jamesport, Missouri is recalling a 250 pound batch of its Flory's Favorite cheese from the marketplace. Test results indicate that the cheese may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing E. coli bacteria, which causes serious foodborne illness. There is an outbreak of E. coli at this time in northwest Missouri. As of January 14, 2013, seven people are sick with Shiga toxin producing E. coli in Missouri. Two toddlers are hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication that can cause kidney failure and death.  The press release from the MDA did not indicate whether or not this recalled product is associated with the outbreak. The … [Read more...]

Missouri Issues Alert About Raw Milk and E. coli Outbreak

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is issuing a health advisory about consumption of locally produced, raw dairy products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103. This bacteria is Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) that can cause serious illness and death. Several cases of the illness in northwest Missouri have been reported to public health authorities, including one confirmed case of  E. coli O103. Anyone who has the symptoms of a STEC infection, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, which may be watery and/or bloody, and vomiting, should see a doctor immediately. Most people get better within a week, but some can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure and death. This is a reportable illness, so all health care … [Read more...]

USDA Releases First Results for Non-0157 STEC Tests in Beef Trim

On June 4, 2012, the USDA started required testing of beef trim for six non-0157 shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, commonly known as STEC bacteria. Today they released the first report on this new testing system. Those six bacteria, which include E. coli 026, 045, 0103, 0111, 0121, and 0145, cause more than 100,000 illnesses in the United States every year. Out of 110 analyses of raw ground beef in federal plants, three tested positive for the pathogens. Testing revealed the presence of E. coli 0145 in one sample, E. coli 0103 in 1 sample, and E. coli 045 in one sample. A follow-up RGBC positive test result was obtained for the E. coli 0103 bacteria. Testing also revealed the presence of E. coli 0157:H7 in four samples out of 115. At this time, only beef manufacturing trimmings … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of E coli 0145 Infections

The CDC has released more information about the multistate outbreak of E coli 0145 infections that was first announced on June 8. We've been investigating this outbreak since June 5 and first reported on the cases in Georgia and Louisiana on that date. The case count for this outbreak is as follows: Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Louisiana (4), Tennessee (1). Three people have been hospitalized in this outbreak of E coli 0145 infections, and a toddler in New Orleans has died. A source for the bacteria has not been identified. Dates for illness onset range from April 15 to May 12, 2012. The outbreak may be over, since the last illness was reported four weeks ago, and it takes two to three weeks for reports to be issued after illnesses are diagnosed. Health … [Read more...]

FSIS Issues Notice 40-12 About non-0157 STEC Testing

On June 4, 2012, the USDA started requiring facilities to test beef trim for six non-0157 shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC). The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued Notice 40-12 about non-0157 STEC testing to clarify some points in the new test. On September 2, 2012, 90 days after the testing implementation, plants must re-evaluate their Hazard Control and Control Point (HACCP) systems if they have positive tests and the hazard is not addressed in their current plan. Six non-0157 STECs, 026, 045, 0103, 0111, 0121, and 0145, cause about 110,000 illnesses in the United States every year. In fact, there is currently an outbreak of E. coli 0145 that has sickened 11 people in four states and killed a toddler in New Orleans. These bacteria produce shiga … [Read more...]

Multi-State E. coli 0145 Outbreak Includes Alabama

Food Poisoning Bulletin has learned that the multi-state E. coli 0145 outbreak includes Alabama. There  are two confirmed cases of E. coli 0145 in Alabama, bringing the total number of patients in this outbreak to 11. There is still no official word from the CDC on the outbreak. Case count: Alabama (2) Florida (1) Georgia (5) Louisiana (2 ill, 1 death) The Alabama Department of Public Health told us that there are some additional possible cases pending. They are waiting to see test results. The states involved are working with the CDC, which is playing a supportive role. The illnesses began in April. The news about the outbreak broke when a toddler in New Orleans died of the infection last week. We have been contacting state health departments across the south to get the … [Read more...]

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