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E coli O157

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

Update: 9 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case in Seattle E. Coli Outbreak

Update: The E. coli O157 outbreak in the Seattle area linked to Mexican food served at farmers markets and from food trucks is now at nine confirmed and one probable case, according to King County Public Health. The source of the problem has not yet been found. Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for the department, told Food… Continue Reading

New E. Coli Test Reportedly Shows Results in Less Than 24 Hours

The standard methods of detecting the presence of E. coli O157 in meat products use cultures and microbiological assays and can take 48 hours or more to get a result. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on a given product’s shelf life. As a result, according to a recent research report on the food safety testing industry… Continue Reading

CDC Analysis of Recent E. Coli O157 Outbreaks Shows Food was Major Mode of Transmission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a summary of E. coli O157 outbreaks in the United States in recent years caused by food, person-to-person contact, contact with animals, and water. As in previous reports, the analysis of data from multiple federal surveillance systems, reports to CDC, and searches of PubMed found… Continue Reading