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E. coli O121

Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour


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Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen Ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

Trade secret clause gags FDA on distribution of recalled flour

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“CCI” may look and sound like a primetime crime series, but it’s actually the abbreviation for a legal phrase blocking FDA from revealing what food companies received flour that General Mills later recalled after it was linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to comment on… Continue Reading

Bread mix recalled on fear of E. coli in one of its ingredients

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Although the company did not specify the ingredient or name the supplier, Molly & Drew has recalled some of its beer bread mix sold nationwide at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations because of possible E. coli contamination. The Sac City, IA, bread company posted the recall on its blog June 17, warning consumers to… Continue Reading

Flour could be pathogen-free, but industry, FDA must act now

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Dozens of people are recovering from E. coli infections in the midst of a recall of millions of pounds of flour linked to their illnesses, but nothing new is in the works to prevent such outbreaks in the future. Industry and government officials have expressed concern for the victims — 10 of whom had such… Continue Reading

FDA finds outbreak strain of E. coli in General Mills flour

These are three of several varieties and brands of flour recalled by General Mills in relation to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

Federal officials have matched E. coli O121 from a sample of General Mills flour recovered from a sick person’s home to the outbreak strain that has sickened at least 38 people since December. The discovery is the smoking gun investigators have been looking for since late April when patient interviews revealed that raw dough made… Continue Reading

18 E. coli Cases in Five States Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

FDA, CDC meet with company owner about discontinuing sprout seed lot

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of June 27, 2014, a total of 18 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) have been reported from five states. CDC states that epidemiology and traceback investigations indicate that the likely… Continue Reading

FDA Inspectors Report Questionable Conditions at Idaho Sprout Farm


In a June 10 update, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailed the results of three different inspections done at the Evergreen Fresh Sprouts facility in Moyie Springs, Idaho. Raw clover sprouts from the facility have been linked to 17 cases of E. coli O121 in five states, although test results were reportedly negative… Continue Reading

Raw Clover Sprouts Linked to E. coli Illness Outbreak in Washington and Idaho


Washington state public health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC  of Moyie Springs, ID, since the product has been linked to seven confirmed and three probably cases of E. coli O121 illnesses in Washington and Idaho. Five of the patients were hospitalized, and there are no… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Multiple E. Coli Strains Prompt Beef Recall


The product was distributed to certain Brookshire Food Stores, Krogers and Walmarts in Louisiana and Texas, as well as certain Super 1 Foods Stores in Louisiana and Market Latina and Super 1 Foods Stores in Texas. PFP Enterprises in Fort Worth, TX, is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E…. Continue Reading

Multistate E. coli Outbreak Linked to Frozen Products Over, CDC Says


The E. coli outbreak linked to frozen food products that sickened 35 people in 19 states appears to be over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The outbreak began in December of 2012, when the first illness began, and the last victims fell ill in mid-April of this year, according to CDC…. Continue Reading