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Unusually high percentage of E. coli victims hospitalized

CDC, FDA renew public warnings about chopped romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads to 16 states

An E. coli outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce has spread to another five states and public health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of almost 60 percent, which is twice the usual rate. There are 53 confirmed cases spread across 16 states, as of Wednesday’s update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Panera Bread emerging as possible source of E. coli illnesses

New Jersey and four of its counties are investigating a cluster of E. coli illnesses that might be linked to a Panera Bread restaurant in Phillipsburg, NJ. Local media reported the investigation earlier this week, with initial details implicating three counties and what public health officials described as a “chain restaurant.” Officials declined to discuss… Continue Reading

Cheese maker did not test raw milk for E. coli ; 1 died, 25 fell ill

The owner of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd. told a court this week that her business did not test its products for a harmful strain of E.coli that claimed the life of a 3-year-old child during a 2016 outbreak. Selina Cairns said her firm did not carry out spot checks on the raw milk used in… Continue Reading

U.S. officials say E. coli outbreak linked to leafy greens is over

FDA, CDC, still won't say romaine lettuce was the cause; investigations ongoing here and in Canada

They still haven’t found the specific source of the contamination, but U.S. officials say a deadly E. coli outbreak traced to “leafy greens” is over. The outbreak hit Canada as well, but public health officials there declared the outbreak over on Jan. 10. They alerted the public about the outbreak on Dec. 11, reporting romaine… Continue Reading

Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

U.S. officials say leafy greens most likely cause; victim interviews ongoing to find specific source

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public… Continue Reading

Tick tock goes the outbreak clock — nine weeks and counting

Officials face increasing pressure to release details about deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine

Consumers, lettuce growers, retailers and restaurants in the United States are still stuck between the romaine and the risk as federal agencies continue to withhold information about a deadly E. coli outbreak. That may change today as some people in the food chain have an inkling the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Centers for… Continue Reading

U.S. Rep says CDC is endangering lives; wants outbreak details

A member of Congress says the CDC’s response to a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is deeply alarming and endangering the public. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, fired off a scathing letter Monday to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeLauro, who has routinely… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports warns against eating any romaine lettuce

Food safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising people in the U.S. and Canada to stop eating romaine lettuce. During the past seven weeks, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from the strain of E. coli O157: H7. One person in each country has died. In the U.S., the infections have been confirmed in… Continue Reading