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E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce; 21 sick, 10 hospitalized

UPDATED 8:10 p.m. EST — Outbreak investigators are warning the public that romaine lettuce is linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157 infections in Canada, with the potentially deadly strain having already hospitalized half of the victims. Three provincial health departments are reporting outbreak cases, with 21 sick people confirmed so far. Ten of the victims… Continue Reading

E coli outbreak in Germany sickens 30, half confirmed, 1 dead

An E. coli O157 outbreak, dating back to December and believed to be linked to minced — or ground — meat has taken a life in Germany. The outbreak has sickened about 30 people since it began. The cause is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 with the onset date for the most recent confirmed case being April 13…. Continue Reading

Boston’s Chicken & Rice Guys shutdown to “sort out” E. coli outbreak

The Chicken & Rice Guys has closed its four restaurants and parked its food trucks after a week that ended with 14 of its “halal grub” customers being infected with E. coli O157:H7, and sending ten to Boston area hospitals. The temporary shutdown also came with a Facebook Live video apology from Chicken & Rice… Continue Reading

I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter outbreak reaches Portland school

Two of seven cases of E. coli O157:H7 at  Montessori of Alameda school in Portland are genetic matches to the E. coli strain from the national I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter outbreak, according to Oregon’s Multnomah County Health Department. The seven cases include six children and an adult, all from one classroom in the school. Four… Continue Reading

If a restaurant makes you sick, be sure you know its legal name

Restaurants usually have names that are easy for people to remember, but victims of foodborne illness often find legal names of restaurants can be elusive. Restaurant franchises are often passed from limited partnerships to individuals or corporations and back again. Take the Pizza Ranch in Lincoln, NE. It was the center a year ago of nine-state… Continue Reading

Solo E. coli O157:H7 case investigated by Brazos County, TX

At least one case of E. coli O157:H7 in Brazos County, TX, is being investigated by local health officials, who don’t yet know the source of the pathogen. The Brazos County Health Department says a solo patient, not an outbreak, is involved. E. coli O157:H7 is often a precursor to kidney failure and even death… Continue Reading

Scottish child dead; controversy plagues E. coli investigation

The events that led to the death of a Scottish child, who was among 20 people infected with E. coli O157 (VTEC), began with the July 29 “precautionary recall” of two batches of Dunsyre Blue cheese suspected of containing the pathogen. Recalled were the “C22” batch with best-before dates of July 19-26 and the “D14”… Continue Reading

Montana officials wrapping up E. coli investigation; source still unknown

Montana state and county health officials are wrapping up their investigation into a recent E. coli O157 outbreak, and while the problem was reportedly narrowed down to a specific meal, the exact food ingredient which caused the illnesses remains elusive. The final outbreak totals were 38 people sickened with six hospitalized, according to Jennifer Fladager of the Dawson… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Exchange with CDC shows Chipotle still in denial

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You cannot make this stuff up. Chipotle Mexican Grill just keeps on giving. The Denver burrito chain was much in the news in the last half of 2015 with its back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back outbreaks involving one pathogen or another, sickening its customers and closing stores by the cluster. Not much was left of Chipotle’s “food with integrity”… Continue Reading

Alberta outbreak prompts raw pork and pork organ recall

Hillview Meat Processor in Ottawa has recalled raw pork and pork organ products from the marketplace for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reports. The recall was triggered by findings of the CFIA, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry  investigation into an Alberta  outbreak involving at least 14… Continue Reading