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Ground Beef Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Western Meat Company of Tucson, AZ, is recalling ground beef sold between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, due to the potential risk of E. coli contamination, according to a May 27 announcement from the Arizona Department of Agriculture. The recall affects only 5- and 10-pound bulk packages of ground beef sold between those dates,… Continue Reading

ProPublica Study Dishes on Cruise Ship Food Safety Problems

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With more than 22 million passengers each year, cruise ships are a popular way to get out and see the world, but they’re also a great venue for spreading contagious foodborne illnesses to a large number of people in a short amount of time, according to a new study on the health and safety of the… Continue Reading

Update: Case Count Now at 22 in Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections in Whatcom County, WA, has been recalculated by federal and state investigators who have been on the scene since last week. As of Monday, May 18, the latest case count is 22 lab-confirmed cases, four cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), 10 people hospitalized, and no deaths. Several other… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Mechanically Tenderized Steaks

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We’ve let the news spoil several holidays and many a Friday night. Christmas 2009 comes to mind, probably because it was the first. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was chasing down a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases just hours before the holiday. We wanted the story. Then, on Christmas Eve, National… Continue Reading

Schacht Interview: Using Restaurant Inspection Data to Improve Public Health

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Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County to improve… Continue Reading

CDC, State Public Health Experts Heading to NW Washington to Help With E. Coli Investigation

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A team of state and federal public health experts is heading to Whatcom County, WA, to help with an ongoing investigation into the recent E. coli outbreak there. The outbreak, with a case count of 45 people (23 lab-confirmed, 22 probable, and 8 who were hospitalized), has been linked to a dairy festival held late last month in… Continue Reading

Detwiler Interview: Food Safety from a Consumer Perspective

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Darin Detwiler, adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and Senior Policy Coordinator at STOP Foodborne Illness, sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to discuss food safety from a consumer perspective. Detwiler’s son, Riley, was one of four children who died in the 1993 Jack in… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: Accountability Starts at the Top, Just Like Sarbanes-Oxley

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As enforcement time nears for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), experts such as Repositrak’s Randy Fields are being heard making comparisons between FSMA and the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The first major revamp of federal food safety laws since 1938 and the most-far reaching reforms of business practices “since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt”… Continue Reading

Update: 23 Lab-Confirmed E. Coli Cases, 8 Hospitalized in Washington State

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The latest reported case count in the E. coli outbreak in Washington state is 23 lab-confirmed cases, with 8 of those people hospitalized, and another 22 individuals exhibiting symptoms of the infection but whose lab results were not yet available. Most of those sickened are first-grade students from five local school districts who attended a dairy festival… Continue Reading

Mom Honors Her Daughter’s Memory With ‘Playroom Project’

Olivia Cruz, 3, died from E. coli infection last May

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It’s been nearly a year since her daughter, Olivia, 3, passed away from complications relating to an E. coli infection, and Haley Cruz wants something positive to come from the tragedy. Along with a bakery in Van Alstyne, TX, named after her daughter, Sweet Olivia’s Bake Shoppe, Cruz has started a special project to help… Continue Reading