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Good Food Concepts recalls beef because of E. coli O26

Good Food Concepts LLC is recalling almost 1,300 pounds of beef from unidentified retail locations, wholesale locations and restaurants in Colorado Springs, CO, after company tests showed E. coli O26 contamination. The Colorado Springs, CO, food distributor notified in-house government inspectors of the positive test results on Monday and the recall notice was posted by the USDA’s… Continue Reading

CDC closes flour/E. coli investigation; expects more illnesses

Federal health officials have concluded their investigation involving General Mills flour implicated in an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 63 between December 2015 and now, but they say more people are expected to become ill. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again urged consumers nationwide… Continue Reading

The 10 Biggest U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2015

This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2015, in terms of both the number of people who… Continue Reading

Chipotle Outbreak Illness Count Hits 514 as CMG Stock Dives Below $500

Less than 24 hours after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta announced  the existence of  five cases of E. coli O26  associated with Chipotle Mexican Grill with different  DNA fingerprints than others in their ongoing multiple state outbreak investigation,  “CMG” stock crashed through the $500 per share floor. The way… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 58 Sick in E. Coli O26 Outbreak(s) Linked to Chipotle

Possible sixth Chipotle outbreak

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now 53 illnesses in the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26 linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. There may be a second E. coli O26 outbreak as well. The update references one additional case in Pennsylvania in the outbreak with an onset date of… Continue Reading

Is There a Boston College Connection to the Chipotle Outbreak?

UPDATE: A spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill says that the Denver-based company believes that common norovirus sickened the Boston College students described in the story below. Chipotle’s Chris Arnold said there is no confirmation yet, but “all of the evidence” points toward norovirus, not the recent E. coli O26 outbreak. Previous coverage below: Chipotle Mexican Grill started… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 50 Illnesses Now Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle

Nov. 13 update: The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts this outbreak at 50 total illnesses: 31 people in Washington state and 19 in Oregon. That is an increase of one more case of E. coli infection reported from Washington. The Oregon Health Authority, however, is reporting 18 E…. Continue Reading

Update: 41 E. Coli O26 Cases in OR and WA Associated With Chipotle Restaurants

Nov. 6 update: The Oregon Health Authority stated Friday, Nov. 6, that there are now 13 E. coli O26 illnesses in Oregon connected with eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. That is one more reported case since Thursday. Four people have been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health has revised its case count down by… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Multiple E. Coli Strains Prompt Beef Recall

The product was distributed to certain Brookshire Food Stores, Krogers and Walmarts in Louisiana and Texas, as well as certain Super 1 Foods Stores in Louisiana and Market Latina and Super 1 Foods Stores in Texas. PFP Enterprises in Fort Worth, TX, is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E…. Continue Reading

E. coli O26 Clone Spreading Throughout Europe

A highly virulent clone of Enter hemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) 026 has emerged in Europe, according to new research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. A 17-member team led by corresponding author Dr. Martina Bielaszewska at the Institute for Hygiene in Munster, Germany published the research in the subscriber-only journal. The researchers say a Shiga-toxin encoding… Continue Reading