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Ground Elk Meat Recalled for Potential E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

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Denver’s Frontiére Natural Meats LLC has recalled 1,640 pounds of ground elk meat that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. No illness reports are yet associated with the ground elk meat recall. The recalled ground elk was distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia through retail stores. The recalled product was packed in 205… Continue Reading

Washington E. Coli Outbreak: Fairgrounds Dairy Barn was ‘Likely Source’ of Contamination

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A Final Investigation Summary released Wednesday by the Whatcom County Health Department in Bellingham, WA, indicates that the source of the recent Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, which sickened 25 people and hospitalized 10 of them, was probably the Dairy Barn at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. All of those who became ill either attended the Milk Makers… Continue Reading

Tyson Fresh Meats Recalls 8 Tons of Lean Ground Beef for Possible E. Coli Risk

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Tyson Fresh Meats of Dakota City, NE, is recalling approximately 16,000 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 Wednesday. Tyson Fresh Meats is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, AR. The ground beef was produced on May… Continue Reading

Washington E. Coli Update: 25 Cases, 9 Secondary Ones, 4 Areas Sampled Match Outbreak Strain

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Four of 10 areas sampled at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA, match the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 that has now sickened 25 people in Whatcom County, WA. The Lynden fairgrounds was the site of the April 21-23 Milk Makers Fest attended by more than 1,300 children from locals schools. Among the features presented there was… Continue Reading

Investigators Narrowing Down Possible Source of Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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Federal, state and county investigators searching for the source of the E. coli outbreak in Whatcom County, WA, have found at least one environmental sample matching the outbreak strain. That result came in Monday, May 18, and was from a sample taken at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA, which is where the Milk Makers… Continue Reading

Update: Case Count Now at 22 in Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections in Whatcom County, WA, has been recalculated by federal and state investigators who have been on the scene since last week. As of Monday, May 18, the latest case count is 22 lab-confirmed cases, four cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), 10 people hospitalized, and no deaths. Several other… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Mechanically Tenderized Steaks

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We’ve let the news spoil several holidays and many a Friday night. Christmas 2009 comes to mind, probably because it was the first. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was chasing down a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases just hours before the holiday. We wanted the story. Then, on Christmas Eve, National… Continue Reading

CDC, State Public Health Experts Heading to NW Washington to Help With E. Coli Investigation

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A team of state and federal public health experts is heading to Whatcom County, WA, to help with an ongoing investigation into the recent E. coli outbreak there. The outbreak, with a case count of 45 people (23 lab-confirmed, 22 probable, and 8 who were hospitalized), has been linked to a dairy festival held late last month in… Continue Reading

Mom Honors Her Daughter’s Memory With ‘Playroom Project’

Olivia Cruz, 3, died from E. coli infection last May

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It’s been nearly a year since her daughter, Olivia, 3, passed away from complications relating to an E. coli infection, and Haley Cruz wants something positive to come from the tragedy. Along with a bakery in Van Alstyne, TX, named after her daughter, Sweet Olivia’s Bake Shoppe, Cruz has started a special project to help… Continue Reading