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E. coli

Birds, pigs, water, air — How did the bacteria find the romaine?

Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. The human toll so far, including one person in California who died, is 132 confirmed cases, 72 hospitalizations, and 20 people with… Continue Reading

Unlicensed store owner won’t say where he got food, raw milk

Officials shut down operation; products included milk from dairy responsible for 2010 outbreak

Health inspectors have shut down a Minneapolis food seller because he was operating without a license, selling raw dairy products and uninspected meat, and refused to provide information on the origin of the products. Armed with a search warrant, public health officials went into the unlicensed operation, doing business as Uptown Locavore, at 3137 Hennepin… Continue Reading

North Dakota confirms E. coli outbreak case; 26 states hit

The ongoing E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce has reached North Dakota, bringing the total of states with confirmed sick people to 26. The other 25 states have a total of 121 people confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. One person in California has died. At least 14 of the sick… Continue Reading

Romaine source(s) remain elusive as E. coli outbreak grows

The number of victims in an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce jumped almost 60 percent in the past week as public health officials struggled to determine the source or sources of the implicated produce. Three more states have laboratory-confirmed victims, federal officials reported Wednesday. The 19 states now involved in the outbreak have… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: At least 64 with E. coli in 16 States Linked to Romaine Lettuce from Yuma Arizona

The Numbers: As of Friday night, the CDC reported 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 being reported from 16 states.  However, the CDC reported only 1 case in Alaska while the Alaska Department of Public Health reported 8 ill from the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, and that its investigation had confirmed… Continue Reading

Canadian officials still searching for source of E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak in Canada that was initially linked to a restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, has grown to include people who do not have any connections to Mama Nita’s Binalot, and one of them has died. Described as “extremely complex” by Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health for the Edmonton Zone, the ongoing… Continue Reading

Vinegar can help home cooks battle bacteria on leafy greens

Opinion

The most recent outbreak from Escherichia coli O157:H7 in romaine lettuce spurred me to pull up an old draft, trim it and post it in an attempt to promote public health. Enjoy.  In the Spring of 2017 while sprinkling balsamic vinegar over chopped romaine lettuce, I wondered if anyone had published on the bactericidal effect… Continue Reading

All victims in New Jersey E. coli outbreak admitted to hospitals

An E. coli outbreak in New Jersey has a 100 percent hospitalization rate and is  possibly linked to eating at Panera Bread, based on patient interviews. Although state health officials did not specifically name Panera Bread in an undated statement posted this weekend, local officials have told media in New Jersey that their investigation includes… Continue Reading