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E. Coli Infects 24 People, Hospitalizes 5, in 4 Canadian Provinces

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is warning the public about an outbreak of a potentially deadly form of E. coli after at least 24 people became infected and five of them ended up being hospitalized. The 24 cases of Escherichia coli O157 occurred between July 12 and Aug. 8, 2015, with the “peak… Continue Reading

Fair Lesson: Spread Soap and Water, Not E. Coli Infection

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There was a lot of hand-washing going on during the Northwest Washington Fair last week in Lynden, WA. Yes, there were the usual farm exhibits, carnival rides, food booths, music, talent shows, and much more. But the 24 hand-washing stations placed around the animal barns, along with a team of specially trained “Hand-Washing Ambassadors,” underscored the… Continue Reading

Indiana Confirms 3 of 6 Illnesses as E. Coli O157

One Child's Death Confirmed

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The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed E. coli O157:H7 infection in three individuals as part of an investigation into reports of diarrheal illness in three northern Indiana counties. The cases are among a total of six illnesses currently being investigated, including one death. ISDH is working with public health officials in Fulton, Wabash, and Marshall… Continue Reading

CDC Researchers Profile 10 Years of E. Coli O157 Outbreaks

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Escherichia coli O157:H7 caused more outbreaks in the United States from 2003 through 2012 than during the previous 20 years, according to authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Writing in the August edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, CDC’s Katherine E. Heiman, Rajal K. Mody, Shacara D. Johnson, Patricia M. Griffin, and… Continue Reading

After E. Coli Outbreak, WA Fairgrounds Focusing on ‘Healthy Hand Hygiene’

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The Northwest Washington Fair is embarking on some targeted community health education after an E. coli outbreak earlier this year was linked to a building at the fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. A related presentation featuring remarks from the local health department, along with police, fire and fair officials, is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Aug. 12, at the Haggen… Continue Reading

Sacramento County Investigating a Cluster of Likely E. Coli Cases

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A non-expanding cluster of seven likely E. coli O157:H7 cases is being investigated by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. Department spokesperson Laura McCasland told Food Safety News that four of the seven who tested positive for E. coli first exhibited symptoms for the pathogen. McCasland said department investigators do not believe… Continue Reading

Veal Trimmings Recalled for Potential E. Coli Contamination

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Brown Packing Company of South Holland, IL, is recalling an undetermined amount of beef (veal) trimmings that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The raw, boneless beef (veal) trimmings were produced… Continue Reading

Research Shows UV Light Can Kill Foodborne Pathogens on Certain Fruits

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New research out of Washington State University shows that ultraviolet C light can help kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits. The light, which cannot penetrate opaque, solid objects, destroys the nucleic acid and disrupts the DNA of microorganisms. It’s been used for years to sanitize food contact surfaces, as well as drinking water. Shyam Sablani,… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Deciding to Walk the Transparency Talk

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Back from my trip to south Georgia, there was a pile of Greeley Tribunes to catch up with. Usually that doesn’t take long, but to my surprise, JBS USA, which is headquartered on the west edge of our city and which owns the historic Greeley beef plant, is doing some straight talking with our local… Continue Reading

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