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FDA Lifts Ban on Mexican Cucumbers Linked to 2013 Salmonella Outbreak

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer detain cucumbers from the Mexican growers whose products were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella earlier this year. The agency removed the two cucumber suppliers from its import alerts list this week, meaning that their products can no longer be “detained without physical examination.” The cucumbers… Continue Reading

Update: 81 Ill in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Imported Cucumbers

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An outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul linked to imported cucumbers has sickened at least 81 people in 18 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from the 78 illnesses CDC reported April 25. The number of patients hospitalized as a result of their infections has risen from 14 to 16… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Cucumbers, Salmonella and Budget Cuts

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that a multi-state Salmonella outbreak was likely caused by the consumption of cucumbers imported from Mexico.  The announcement came one day after USA Today reporter Liz Szabo reported that the FDA would be conducting 18 percent fewer food inspections this year due to a loss… Continue Reading

Two Clues in Germany E. coli Puzzle

German officials Wednesday expressed some optimism that Europe’s E. coli outbreak is finally ebbing. But they also acknowledged two more food poisoning deaths, and warned that more deaths are likely. As of Thursday, the grim toll from the five-week-old crisis included 27 dead and more than 2,800 ill, 720 of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),… Continue Reading

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lettuce Still Prime Suspects

German health authorities Friday continued to advise against eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce from Northern Germany, and provided more details about their efforts to find the source of the country’s massive outbreak of E. coli O104:H4 infection. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said 1,823 people have been sickened, 18 fatally. Six Americans – four tourists… Continue Reading

Source of European E. coli Remains a Mystery

HAMBURG, Germany — To those hoping to know the cause of Europe’s mysterious E. coli epidemic, Tuesday brought only baffling news as German health officials announced that Spanish cucumbers were not the source of the outbreak.  A few days ago, epidemiologists thought they had a promising lead when most of those sickened by enterohemorrhagic E…. Continue Reading

Hamburg Grapples with Lethal E. coli Outbreak

HAMBURG, Germany — Here at the epicenter of an E. coli earthquake that has sent tremors through this country, as well as the rest of Europe, confusion is rampant as locals struggle to understand the nature of the pathogen, and just how dangerous it is. Already, the numbers in this outbreak of enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also… Continue Reading

Germany E. coli Outbreak One of Largest on Record

While health authorities in Germany and neighboring countries deal with an outbreak of toxic E.coli, epidemiologists and doctors around the world are monitoring developments in Europe with especially keen interest. Much remains unknown about the outbreak, but this much is clear: It is a very, very serious epidemic. “The current events represent one of the… Continue Reading

Spanish Cucumbers Blamed for Outbreak in Germany

The alarming outbreak of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) in Germany has been linked to fresh cucumbers grown in Spain, and perhaps other raw vegetables.  Meanwhile, the epidemic may be spreading to Sweden and other European nations. (Update: on June 1, 5 days after this story was published, German authorities ruled out Spanish cucumbers as the… Continue Reading