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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

Five Kentucky Children Hit With Kidney Disease Usually Caused by E. Coli

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Five children were reportedly in a Louisville, KY, hospital on Friday being treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a potentially fatal kidney disease typically caused by an E. coli infection. Three of the children are from Hardin County, one is from Oldham County, and one is from Boone County. Their ages were not… Continue Reading

Oregon Officials Say Source of Deadly E. Coli Infection May Never be Found

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Health officials in Oregon are testing several possible contaminants that could be the source of the E. coli infection that killed a 4-year-old Oregon girl this week, but they warn that the source may never be found. Serena Profitt died on Monday in Portland after suffering from an E. coli infection for more than a… Continue Reading

CFIA: Recall of Raw Pork Products Triggered by 153-Case E. Coli Outbreak Investigation

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V&T Meat and Food of Calgary, Alberta, and Hiep Thanh Trading of Edmonton, Alberta, are recalling certain raw pork products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers, food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta should not consume, serve, use, or sell certain raw pork products sold by these two retailers/distributors because… Continue Reading

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