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E. coli O157:H7

Food Safety Goals Combine Academic Research, Politics

Kowalcyk and Family with Yoko

Barbara Kowalcyk, Ph.D., is a food safety advocate who co-founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention after her son, Kevin, died in 2001 from complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since earning a doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health – Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Kowalcyk has been a… Continue Reading

Video: Parents of Sickened Girl Urge Others Not to Feed Children Raw Milk


Kylee Young was 23 months old when she contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection from drinking raw milk. The illness hospitalized her for months, caused her to have a stroke and eventually required her to receive a kidney transplanted from her mother. Kylee’s parents, Jill Brown and Jason Young, are now speaking out to urge… Continue Reading

A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don’t Feed Children Raw Milk

Kylee Young was a healthy two-year-old when she contracted an E. coli infection from drinking raw milk, an illness that caused a stroke and culminated in a kidney transplanted from her mom.


Two years ago, when Oregon parents Jill Brown and Jason Young met Brad and Tricia Salyers, the families had no idea that they would eventually be sharing in a tragedy that sickened four of the Salyers’ children and left Brown and Young’s youngest child, Kylee – 23 months old at the time – with such… Continue Reading

E. Coli Death Leads to Family’s Food Safety Awakening


Ruby Trautz, a retired registered nurse from Bellevue, NE, was the first fatality in the 2006 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Dole bagged baby spinach produced in the Salinas Valley of California. Trautz, 81, died Aug. 31, 2006, after several days in the hospital She was one of four people who passed away after… Continue Reading

Salmonellosis Prevention: ‘Just Cook It’



When Michael Taylor declared Escherichia coli O157:H7 an adulterant in ground beef, there were howls of, “Just cook it,” from the industry and from within FSIS. For example, two members of FSIS’ Microbiology Division were adamant in their declaration that cooking was sufficient and quoted from the 1975 American Public Health Association, et al., Appellants,… Continue Reading

Humboldt County E. Coli Outbreak Investigation Suspended


Public health officials in California’s Humboldt County have suspended an investigation into five related E. coli illnesses because they do not have enough evidence to determine a common food source, according to the Eureka Times-Standard. The particular strain of E. coli O157:H7 affecting the patients had not been found in any other cases in California. Those… Continue Reading

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Salads Declared Over With 33 Sick


The outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to ready-to-eat salad products produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s has ended, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 33 people in four states fell ill, with seven hospitalized. Two patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease… Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli Infections Cost Canada $400 Million Annually

Black Angus cattle

A study funded by a Canadian biopharmaceutical company estimates that the combined health-care and productivity costs to Canada from verotoxigenic E. coli-related (VTEC) infections total about $404 million per year. The peer-reviewed study, to be published in the Journal of Food Protection, indicates that 93 percent of VTEC infections are caused by the E. coli… Continue Reading

Additional E. Coli O157:H7 Illness from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Surfaces


One additional E. coli illness that occurred in September has been linked to Gort’s Gouda Cheese, a manufacturer of raw cheese in British Columbia, Canada. In total, 28 cases have now been reported in connection with the outbreak. One elderly woman from Vernon, B.C., died in August as a result of her infection after eating… Continue Reading

E. Coli Lawsuit Filed Against Glass Onion Catering

Green salad

A Sonoma County woman sickened with E. coli infection after eating a salad made by Glass Onion Catering filed a lawsuit against the company on Thursday. The lawsuit was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court by Seattle-based food-safety law firm Marler Clark and San Diego-based Gordon & Holmes, which are representing Nancy Gruchawka. (Marler Clark… Continue Reading