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125 People in Alberta Sickened With E. coli From Unknown Source

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Alberta Health Services is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. There have been 125 confirmed cases reported between July 15 and August 2o. The investigation has not confirmed the source(s) of illness related to this outbreak, but Dr. Chris Sikora, the Edmonton Zone’s medical officer of health, says that nearly 80 per cent of cases were associated… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Linked to E. coli Recalled From Two Whole Foods Market Stores in Massachusetts

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Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products from two of its Massachusetts stores because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced early Friday. Subject to this recall are 73 lbs. of ground beef products produced June 21 at the company’s South Weymouth,… Continue Reading

FSIS Enhances Food Safety Protections for Ground Beef

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(This Aug. 14, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef… Continue Reading

60 Minnesota E. coli Cases Linked to Potato Salad Served at Reservation Events

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At least 60 people fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 in July at Minnesota’s Fond du Lac Reservation, apparently after consuming potato salad likely made with a contaminated ingredient, according to the local news outlet Pine Journal. The infections occurred after three separate events on the reservation, all catered by the same vendor on July… Continue Reading

Update: At Least 13 E. coli Cases in Minnesota Linked to Traveling Petting Zoo

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The Minnesota Department of Health reports that health officials have identified at least 13 people with E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Zerebko Zoo Tran, a traveling petting zoo that recently visited county fairs there. Seven people have been hospitalized, including three children. Two of the cases developed a serious complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),… Continue Reading

Looking Back: 100 Years of U.S. Food Safety History

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In the winter of 1924, oysters grown in polluted waters near Long Island, NY, caused an outbreak of typhoid fever from Salmonella Typhi that killed 150 people and sickened at least 1,500. To this day, it holds the record for the highest body count of any foodborne illness outbreak in U.S. history. At the time… Continue Reading

24 E. Coli Illnesses in Canada Associated With Bean Sprouts

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Following a recent cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in the Edmonton area, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising people to take precautions to prevent the spread of the illness. There have been a reported 24 cases of E. coli in the Edmonton area in recent weeks, and AHS officials believe bean sprouts to be the… Continue Reading

KSU Researchers Develop Genetic Test to Help Detect E. coli in Beef Cattle

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Researchers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, have developed a genetic test that could help the cattle industry more rapidly and accurately detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7. Leading the project is Lance Noll, veterinary biomedical science graduate student; T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Jianfa Bai, assistant… Continue Reading

CDC: E. coli Outbreak Linked to Wolverine Ground Beef Appears Over

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A four-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections that sickened 12 people and was associated with the May 19 recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef from Wolverine Packing Company appears to be over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday. The illnesses all began between April 22 and May 2,… Continue Reading

Kansas Officials Say Four of Seven Current E. coli Cases Linked to Private Event

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Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 in the Wichita, KS, area stem from contamination at a private event and are not related to last Monday’s Wolverine Packing Co. recall of about 1.8 million pounds of pathogen-tainted beef. Those infected at the private event, about which no details were released, include two people from Sedgwick County… Continue Reading