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WA Firm Recalls Boneless Beef Trim for Possible E. Coli Risk

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Washington Beef LLC of Toppenish, WA, is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless  beef trim product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The following boneless beef product produced on Nov. 28, 2012, is subject to recall: 60 lb. bulk packs of “TRIM 65/35… Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli From Feedlots Can Contaminate Produce by Air

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New research finds that E. coli O157:H7 can spread more than a tenth of a mile downwind from a cattle feedlot onto nearby produce. In the study, first author Elaine D. Berry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and her colleagues sampled leafy greens growing in nine plots (three each… Continue Reading

Parents of E. Coli Victim Sue Whole Foods

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The parents of Joshua Kaye are suing Whole Foods Market over their son’s death. Eight-year-old Joshua from Braintree, MA, died last summer from an E. coli 0157:H7 infection that turned into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Multiple people were sickened, and epidemiological evidence traced the source to grass-fed ground beef back to Whole Foods. “Federal agents were… Continue Reading

1,200 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled Due to E. coli Risk

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Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground… Continue Reading

E. Coli Illnesses Among Oregon Preschoolers Prompt School Shutdown

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A preschool in northwestern Oregon has shut down after three of its students contracted E. coli infections this fall. The Public Health Division of Clackamas County this weekend requested that children who attend the Heart Centered Montessori of West Linn, OR, stay home from schools, daycares and water-related activities and that they not participate in… Continue Reading

Unpasteurized Apple Cider Linked to E. Coli Illnesses Recalled in Canada

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Unpasteurized apple ciders are being recalled in Canada due to possible to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of products sold by Rolling Acres Cider Mill at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market in Waterloo on Oct. 11, 2014 and from the company’s own location in Waterloo between Oct. 10 and 11, 2014…. Continue Reading

Dung Beetles: Future Heroes of Organic Food Safety?

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In 2011, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Oregon killed one person and sickened more than a dozen people. The outbreak was eventually traced back to organic strawberries grown at an Oregon farm, but how E. coli had managed to contaminate the strawberries remained a mystery for some time afterward. Eventually, state health officials… Continue Reading

Texas Beef Products Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Caviness Beef Packers of Hereford, TX, is recalling approximately 23,100 pounds of beef trimmings that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday evening. The products were produced on Aug. 14, 2014, and Aug. 20, 2014, and were shipped to fast-food restaurants and retail distribution locations in Texas…. Continue Reading

What Parents Need to Know About E. Coli

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September has proven to be a tragic month in terms of E. coli infecting children. At the beginning of the month, two young girls in the Pacific Northwest died from unrelated E. coli O157:H7 infections. First, the bacteria took the life of 4-year-old Oregonian Serena Profitt on Sept. 8, and then, days later, 3-year-old Brooklyn… Continue Reading

Oregon Restaurant Ruled Out as the Source of Recent E. Coli Infections

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The Lincoln County Public Health Division in Newport, OR, announced Wednesday that the restaurant in Otis, OR, where Serena Profitt, 4, and her friend, Brad Sutton, 5, shared a turkey sandwich over Labor Day weekend was not the source of E. coli infection that later killed the girl, hospitalized her friend, and may have sickened a… Continue Reading