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Mother of Jack in The Box outbreak victim dies

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Suzanne Kiner, food safety advocate and mother of one of the child victims of the infamous 1993 Jack in The Box E. coli outbreak, died Jan. 5, 2016, at age 67. Kiner’s daughter Brianne was 9 years old in 1993 when she contracted what developed into a life-threatening infection from E. coli in a fast food hamburger…. Continue Reading

CDC Final Update: 19 Infections Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

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The outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad appears to be over. According to the final report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 people across seven states were sickened. The most recent illness in this outbreak reported to CDC started on November 3, 2015. Most illnesses were reported… Continue Reading

Recalled Diced Celery and Onion Blend May Not Be E. Coli Source

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Taylor Farms Pacific may have been a little too quick to recall its diced celery and onion blend over the Thanksgiving weekend. The latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing has been unable to confirm E. coli in the product. As of Nov. 23, 19 people have been infected with E. coli O157:H7, and epidemiological… Continue Reading

Retailers Remove Products With Celery Due to E. Coli Concerns

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Costco, Target and Starbucks are some of the many retailers pulling products containing celery off the shelves because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, CA, is recalling certain products which may include celery which could potentially contain the pathogen. Last week, a sample of Celery and Onion Diced… Continue Reading

Taylor Farms Recalls Products Possibly Containing Celery After E. Coli Outbreak

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Tracy, CA-based Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. is recalling a long list of products because they may include celery, which could potentially contain E. coli 0157:H7. The recalled products are being recalled “out of an abundance of caution” by Taylor Farms due to a Celery and Onion Diced Blend testing positive for E. coli 0157:H7 in a… Continue Reading

Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

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Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… Continue Reading

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in CO, UT, MT and WA

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In a statement posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that it is working with other western states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October. The… Continue Reading

Manufactured Dessert Named as Source of Reno E. Coli Outbreak

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The general manager of the popular Twisted Fork restaurant in south Reno, NV, is calling it a “difficult episode,” but having learned that the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was a dessert made by an outside manufacturer, he announced plans to reopen next week. The Twisted Fork voluntarily closed shortly after Nov. 8… Continue Reading

Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce

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Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the government’s safe food handling advice to consumers is to wash hands before and after handling food and clean cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item. But the U.S. Food… Continue Reading