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E. coli O157:H7

E. coli in canal water drew immediate attention from Yuma growers

Two weeks ago as the public was told that canal water was the likely source of the E. coli O157: H7 that caused the national outbreak involving romaine lettuce, growers in the region were told what they could immediately to do about it. In a June 29 memo, the Yuma Safe Produce Council shared food… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Why wasn’t canal water tested months ago?

Romaine-related outbreak announced in March; canal water samples not collected until this month

Opinion

We’ve been reporting on the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce since federal officials first announced it on April 13. Actually, though romaine hadn’t been connected to it yet, we started reporting on the outbreak April 4. A day earlier New Jersey health officials had alerted the public to a cluster of E. coli… Continue Reading

Canada declares E. coli outbreak over; no new details from U.S.

Canadian officials say an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona has ended with only eight confirmed cases in their country. In the United States, where at least five people have died in the outbreak, officials have not updated the public for weeks.  The U.S. outbreak investigators are apparently continuing their efforts, but… Continue Reading

Make leafy greens “high risk” and chase them down quickly, say consumer groups

There’s no indication yet that anyone is the least bit embarrassed about the failure to yet identify the precise source of an E. coli O157: H7 outbreak involving at least 32 states and four Canadian provinces.  But nine consumer and food safety groups have stepped forward to demand that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb add regulations… Continue Reading

Birds, pigs, water, air — How did the bacteria find the romaine?

Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. The human toll so far, including one person in California who died, is 132 confirmed cases, 72 hospitalizations, and 20 people with… Continue Reading

Romaine outbreak now exceeds footprint of 2006 spinach outbreak

On Wednesday, the footprint of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak became more extensive than the historic and deadly 2006 fresh spinach outbreak. In the May 9 update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta added four states and 28 confirmed cases of E. coli O157: H7 to the 9-week-old outbreak associated with… Continue Reading

North Dakota confirms E. coli outbreak case; 26 states hit

The ongoing E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce has reached North Dakota, bringing the total of states with confirmed sick people to 26. The other 25 states have a total of 121 people confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. One person in California has died. At least 14 of the sick… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Romaine, Reform and Revive

Opinion

The purpose of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is the prevention of foodborne disease. We’ve invested billions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of years of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) professional time since 2011 to make that so. When foodborne disease happens, FDA, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state… Continue Reading