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LGMA Training Video Features Foodborne Illness Victims

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A new food safety video for California farm workers features the stories of foodborne illness victims. Together, STOP Foodborne Illness and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) produced a video that will be used during training for workers who produce leafy greens in California. It features the stories of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush –… Continue Reading

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

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Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will Whole Genome Sequencing Solve More Outbreaks?

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“No illnesses have been reported to date.” How many times have we read a food recall notice posted on either the FDA or FSIS websites and written by the companies recalling the product who use that self-serving statement?  I would say most of the time. In the past few months the CDC has reported three… Continue Reading

E. Coli Sickens 85 in UK While Source Remains Unknown

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The U.K. is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened 75 people across the country. Public Health England (PHE), which is leading the investigation, reports that there are 67 victims in England, 3 in Wales and 5 in Scotland. There have been an additional ten secondary cases reported of people who came… Continue Reading

E. Coli Illnesses Among Oregon Preschoolers Prompt School Shutdown

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A preschool in northwestern Oregon has shut down after three of its students contracted E. coli infections this fall. The Public Health Division of Clackamas County this weekend requested that children who attend the Heart Centered Montessori of West Linn, OR, stay home from schools, daycares and water-related activities and that they not participate in… Continue Reading

Officials Suspect Pet Goat Was Source of E. Coli

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Public health officials in Oregon suspect that the 4-year-old girl who died from an E. coli infection in September was infected by droppings from the family’s pet goat, according to a report by Lynne Terry at The Oregonian. However, lab tests have not been conclusive, and the state health department is still working to try… Continue Reading

Test Uses Low-Tech Litmus Paper to Detect E. Coli

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Litmus paper, long known as a low-tech method of testing substances for acidity, might have a new use as a cheap, quick way to test for E. coli, according to researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. The researchers correlated levels of E. coli bacteria with pH values represented by the colors to which the litmus… Continue Reading

Possible E. Coli Case Reported on Mercer Island

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The King County Public Health Department is reporting that a child from the city of Mercer Island, WA, has fallen ill with a presumptive infection of E. coli O157:H7. The child has not been hospitalized. The city has been under multiple water boil advisories for possible E. coli contamination, including one that is still in effect. After… Continue Reading

U.K. Raw Milk Dairy Issues Recall for Potential E. Coli

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Barton Farm Dairy in the English parish of Kentisbury is recalling all sizes of its raw milk due to a potential link to two cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection, according to the U.K. Food Standards Agency. Customers who purchased the milk are advised not to consume the products. They’ve also been advised to contact the… Continue Reading