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E. coli O157:H7

Beach Beat: Taking a chance with raw milk? Don’t bet your kid

Virginia officials should have erred on the side of transparency during secret E. coli outbreak

Opinion

I’ve never been much for games of pure chance. They simply leave too much up to, well, chance. Where’s the fun or challenge in that? I prefer activities that involve logic and reason and strategy — like “Clue” or pinochle. Yah, yah, I know both of those involve an element of chance. There’s the luck… Continue Reading

Two E. coli O157:H7 illness clusters under scrutiny in Japan

Japan health authorities are dealing with two new clusters of E. coli O157:H7 infections. The first involves a suspended grilled-meat restaurant in Yokohama, linked to the illnesses of a teenage girl and a man in his 80s who ate there on July 30. The second involves a deli in the Saitama Prefecture and a potato salad… Continue Reading

Utah woman sues Costco for taking away her Broadway dream

Chicken salad purchased at Costco, which turned out to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, has ravaged the life of a 20-year-old Utah woman who’s had to give up her lifelong goal of acting on Broadway. Attorneys for Chloe Rodgerson Monday sued the Seattle-based Costco Wholesale Corp. in U.S. District Court for the Central Division of… Continue Reading

CDC joins E. coli investigation along Utah-Arizona border

In the last couple weeks, the posse has gotten bigger, but the source of a troubling E. coli O157:H7 outbreak on the Utah-Arizona border still has not been identified. Now joined in the ongoing investigation into the Hildale,UT/Colorado City, AZ, area outbreak are the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Mohave County Department of Health, Utah… Continue Reading

House divided for residents at center of Utah E. coli outbreak

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department did not officially determine the source of a E. coli outbreak during the long Independence Day weekend. However, it probably won’t be much longer before a source is named for the outbreak that is centered in the communities of Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ. Six people have been infected in… Continue Reading

Creation Gardens recalls 11 tons of beef because of E. coli

Creation Gardens Inc. is recalling more than 11 tons of beef from unidentified foodservice locations in four states after company tests showed E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Louisville, KY, food distributor notified in-house government inspectors of the positive test results on Monday and the recall notice was posted by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service… Continue Reading

SoyNut Butter Co. bankrupt because of E. coli outbreak

Dixie Dew Products expected to liquidate next; retailers Target, Amazon, etc., also could be liable

The SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy, citing an E. coli outbreak linked to its I.M. Healthy brand peanut butter substitute and manufacturer Dixie Dew Products as the causes for its financial failure. The Glenview, IL, soy butter company’s president and 90-percent shareholder Stephen Grubb listed some victims of the E. coli outbreak as… Continue Reading

CDC says soy nut butter outbreak ‘over’ — but threat continues

Although the government has posted its final update on the E. coli outbreak traced to SoyNut Butter Co. products — reporting 32 people across a dozen states confirmed sick —  there is an ongoing threat and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating earlier warnings. “The recalled SoyNut Butter products have long shelf… Continue Reading

Halal beef recalled by Nashville’s Baraka Bakery and Grocery

Nashville’s Baraka Bakery and Grocery has recalled an undetermined amount of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Halal ground beef items were processed and packaged on various dates from April 19 through April 26.  Recalled products… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

Opinion

ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading