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Her office confirms the death of Rep. Louise Slaughter at age 88

One of the most prominent food safety advocates in Congress is dead at age 88. The office of Rep Lousie Slaughter, D-NY this morning confirmed the Congresswoman who has represented the Rochester area since 1987 has died after a fall in her home.She was the oldest member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Earlier in… Continue Reading

Oregon Officials Say Source of Deadly E. Coli Infection May Never be Found

Health officials in Oregon are testing several possible contaminants that could be the source of the E. coli infection that killed a 4-year-old Oregon girl this week, but they warn that the source may never be found. Serena Profitt died on Monday in Portland after suffering from an E. coli infection for more than a… Continue Reading

Oregon Girl, 4, Dies From Complications Linked to E. Coli

A 4-year-old Oregon girl has died from medical complications possibly resulting from an E. coli infection contracted sometime just before Labor Day weekend, according to the girl’s uncle, who spoke with Food Safety News. Serena Profitt of Otis, OR, died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Her symptoms of E. coli infection first appeared around… Continue Reading

One Dead, 16 Sickened in B.C. E. coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Cheese

The outbreak of E. coli linked to Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Canada has resulted in one death, as well as 10 confirmed and six suspected illnesses, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The victim who died was from British Columbia. Three more B.C. residents fell ill, while the other seven cases are… Continue Reading

Multistate E. Coli O145 Outbreak Confirmed in Southern U.S.

At least 11 ill, 1 dead

The E. coli O145 outbreak that killed a 21-month-old girl in New Orleans on May 31 is connected to at least 11 illnesses across the southern United States, multiple state health departments confirmed with Food Safety Newstoday. The Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee state health departments say they are working with the U.S. Centers… Continue Reading

Sources Remain Mysteries in Two Separate E. Coli Deaths

Boy dies in Massachusetts while a possible multistate outbreak kills girl in Louisiana

Two unrelated E. coli deaths at the end of May — a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy and a 21-month-old girl in Louisiana — still have public health officials searching for possible sources and explanations. In Millbury, Massachusetts, Owen Carrignan died May 26 after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease brought on severe E. coli… Continue Reading

Gastroenteritis Deaths Have Doubled

Most people erroneously call it “stomach flu” and think of it as an unpleasant nuisance, but the vomiting and diarrhea caused by inflammation of the stomach and intestines  — gastroenteritis – can be lethal, and appears to be growing deadlier. The number of people of all ages who died from gastroenteritis more than doubled from… Continue Reading

Another Cantaloupe Outbreak Victim Dies

After a five-month battle with listeriosis from eating contaminated cantaloupe, 68-year-old Mike Hauser of Colorado died Tuesday morning, the Denver Post reported. Hauser’s death brings the number of adult fatalities to 34 in the outbreak traced to Listeria-tainted cantaloupes grown and packed by Jensen Farms and distributed by Frontera Produce. The outbreak, which sickened at… Continue Reading