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Errington cheese back on sale despite Scottish warning, death

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One of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd.  products returned to the market earlier this week against the wishes of the country’s top food safety agency. Sales of the Errington cheeses were banned in September because of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened 26 people and caused the death of a three-year-old child. After getting the… Continue Reading

USDA investment in research pays off with E. coli defenses

In the Nebraska laboratory of Rodney A. Moxley, intern Kenda Jackson examines blood agar plates while researching the effect of certain antibiotics on the detection of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in cattle. Jackson, a recent graduated from Tuskegee University in Alabama, was part of a team supported by a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant. Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communications

A $25 million research project that has already produced improved detection and eradication techniques for toxic E. coli is beginning its seventh year with the continued goal of reducing public health risks. Scientists and educators at 18 institutions have been working on the project, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that… Continue Reading

Researchers in Scotland develop E. coli vaccine for cattle

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The two North American vaccines developed since 2010 to reduce the dangerous E. coli in cattle by as much as 98 percent are still in limited demand in the marketplace. But that has not stopped a Scottish group from developing a third vaccine for the same purpose. The Moredun and Roslin Institutes, along with Scotland’s Rural… Continue Reading

Steak sandwiches added to ground beef recall for E. coli

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A Pennsylvania company has expanded its E. coli-related beff recall 10-fold, adding steak sandwiches to ground beef patties and burgers recalled last week for the pathogen. The exact volume and distribution of the more than 8,000 pounds of beef products from Silver Springs Farms Inc. of Harleysville, PA, is not clear, with some of it… Continue Reading

Kansas researchers develop nanosensor for faster E. coli detection

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Researchers at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Pittsburg, KS, have developed a hybrid nanosensor to detect bacterial contamination from E. coli or other pathogens at concentrations as low as one colony-forming unit and to do it more quickly than existing methods. According to an abstract posted Sept. 4 by ACS Infectious Diseases, the nanosensor uses a… Continue Reading

Two more E. coli cases being linked to another Seattle restaurant

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Seattle public health officials are investigating two more E. coli cases, but these new cases do not appear linked to The Matador restaurant. One King County resident and another person were apparently sickened with E. coli O157:H7 after eating at Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant in the city’s University District on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24, respectively. They have… Continue Reading

E. coli strain associated with Seattle restaurant goes traveling

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The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Small beef recall issued by Carnival Supermarket in Chula Vista, CA

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The Paradise Valley Market Inc. (Carnival Supermarket) at 870 3rd Ave. in Chula Vista, CA, late Thursday recalled approximately 35 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The lean and extra lean ground beef was produced… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland declares E. coli outbreak officially over

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a statement on its involvement with a multi-agency Incident Management Team (IMT), chaired by Health Protection Scotland, which had been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 in Scotland. FSS announced that the team “has stood down” as of Sept. 5, when it declared the outbreak over, and that FSS… Continue Reading

Rural school district begins year with unexplained E. coli cases

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The information is sketchy, but the Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is confirming four cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 in the Missouri county. According to Sturgeon R-V School District Superintendent Shawn Schultz, three of those cases involve school children, one of whom was a first-grader who was infected before… Continue Reading