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Two E. coli cases linked to livestock close Washington school

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Two young Washington state girls are hospitalized with complications from E. coli infection and their school has been temporarily closed for cleaning. One of the girls has reportedly developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition linked to E. coli infection. Health officials said the source of their exposure to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria… Continue Reading

More sick, 20 hospitalized in Chicago E. coli outbreak

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The number of people sickened in an E. coli outbreak traced to a Chicago restaurant continues to increase, with 65 now confirmed. Twenty of the victims’ symptoms were so severe they were admitted to hospitals. Public health officials have not yet determined the root cause of the outbreak, which was traced to the Carbón Live… Continue Reading

Marie Callender’s recalls biscuit mix with General Mills flour

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Recalled General Mills flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak has spurred yet another secondary product recall — this time it’s Marie Callender’s cheese biscuit mix. The International Commissary Corp. (ICC) distributed the biscuit mix to retailers in Alabama, California, Washington, Utah and Texas, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

Chicago outbreak count doubles; officials offer scant details

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An E. coli outbreak in Chicago remains under investigation as more customers of Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill have been added to the victim count. Although public health officials would not comment on how many of the patients have required hospitalization, they did reveal the outbreak count more than doubled in size in eight days…. Continue Reading

Inexpensive camera system detects foodborne toxins

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Scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service developed this low-cost yet effective system to detect active Shiga toxin. (Photo by Reuven Rasooly)

Editor’s note: This information was originally posted July 12, 2016, by Sandra Avant, public affairs specialist for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service as part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s blog.   As the weather heats up this summer, many of us are firing up our grills and going on picnics. But one thing we… Continue Reading

UPDATED: General Mills pulls Betty Crocker mixes because of E. coli

These are two of the three Betty Crocker cake mixes under recall in the U.S. The third is a "Delights" version of the "Rainbow Bit" mix.

UPDATED CONTENT July 13: General Mills Inc. updated its recall notice, removing the regular version of its “Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix” distributed in the United States. Only the “Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix” and the “Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix” are being recalled… Continue Reading

General Mills flour recall causes nationwide pancake mix recall

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The General Mills Inc. recall of 30 million pounds of flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak continues to cause other companies to recall products, with Continental Mills Inc. now pulling back Krusteaz blueberry pancake mix from retailers nationwide. “The company was notified by our supplier that their product, a blueberry nugget, is made… Continue Reading

Flour-related outbreak spurs recall of 22 tons of hors d’oeuvres

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More than 22 tons of raw hors d’oeuvres such as chicken quesadillas, mini tarts and steak spring rolls are being recalled nationwide because they were made with flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. recalled the 28 different frozen, not ready-to-eat meat and poultry products Friday evening, according to a notice… Continue Reading

E. coli source remains elusive; General Mills recall spans Pacific

This is one of the varieties of General Mills flour included in the now 30-million pound recall.

Five days after General Mills Inc. tripled the size of its flour recall — now at 30 million pounds — officials in China warned people there to stop using certain bags of Gold Medal flour because of possible E. coli contamination. Unlike the expanded recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Woman sues restaurant; E. coli outbreak tops 50

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UPDATED CONTENT July 7 — This story has been updated to include reports that the number of E. coli victims in the outbreak has doubled to 50, up from 25. A Chicago woman who had to spend three nights in a hospital after eating food from Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Bridgeport has filed a… Continue Reading