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12 Sickened in Canada From E. Coli Possibly Linked to Leafy Greens

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Canada’s Public Health Agency is investigating an outbreak of E. col O157:H7 possibly linked to leafy greens (lettuces, kale, spinach, arugula or chard). According to a statement released by the agency on Wednesday, there are currently 12 people sickened in four provinces (Alberta, 9; Saskatchewan, 1; Ontario, 1, and Newfoundland and Labrador, 1). Illness onset dates range… Continue Reading

E. Coli Outbreak Centered on Private School in Louisiana

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When an exclusive private school suddenly extends its Easter break, it might be a good time to check with social media to see if, in fact, an outbreak of foodborne illness has occurred. That appears to be what has happened with Louisiana’s Silliman Institute, where the original schedule for the term shows Easter break not… Continue Reading

Group Seeks to Reverse Slight Upward Trend in E. Coli in Ground Beef

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Once a major threat to the beef industry, the levels of E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef have been on a historic decline since peaking in the mid-1990s. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), levels of E. coli infections today are less than half of what they were in 1996, and beef companies have… Continue Reading

Juici Patties Brand Chicken Patties Recalled in Canada for E. Coli Risk

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Ottawa-based Juici Patties is recalling Juici Patties brand Jamaican Style unbaked Chicken Patties sold in Canada due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recalled product was sold in 1.6 kg 12-packs with UPC 624819300122 and Product Code 3184. This recall was triggered by the company. The CFIA is conducting a food safety… Continue Reading

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