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Oklahoma Families Hospitalized With E. Coli After Attending Youth Expo

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Several Oklahoma families have been hospitalized with E. coli infections after attending the Oklahoma Youth Expo held from March 12-20 at the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Reports stated that at least one eight-year-old was in intensive care, while others had been treated and released. The Oklahoma Department of Health confirmed the culprit as a… Continue Reading

Controlling Pathogens: Options and a Recommendation

Opinion

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My previous articles have outlined that certain strains of Salmonella are virulent and pathogenic to humans. As such, they are adulterants by definition of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Acts, even in raw meat or poultry products. These pathogenic strains can be identified by their pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) profile or other genetic assays…. Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli Bacteria Can Build Resistance Quickly, Even To Ionizing Radiation

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Totally on their own, E. coli bacteria have shown that they can evolve to a point where they are resistant to antibiotic drugs. Now some of the nation’s top scientists are showing how E. coli bacteria can resist ionizing radiation. They are taking advantage of the bacteria’s built-in ability to evolve when they encounter hostilities… Continue Reading

Blog: U.S. Gets Gold Medal in ‘Food Safety Olympics’ With EU

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Usually it’s David Acheson, a former top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official, who stirs things up with his speeches or guest commentaries from The Acheson Group. But, this time, it’s the consulting firm’s chief science officer, Jennifer McEntire, who came up with a sort of food safety Olympics between the United States and the… Continue Reading

TX Restaurant Tied to E. Coli Outbreak Last Year Has More Troubles

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Less than a year after it was named the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 10 people, Coco Loco at A&M, a Mexican restaurant in College Station, TX, has made the news again for a bad health inspection report. Regional publication The Eagle listed Coco Loco at A&M among recent area restaurants with health… Continue Reading

Controlling Salmonella Would Cost Producers

Opinion

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Controlling Salmonella or other pathogens would cost producers, and the cost would be expected to be transferred to processors and consumers. For animal pathogens, the USDA’s APHIS bears some of the burden and indemnifies producers for destroyed flocks. Many producers currently bear the cost of preventing animal pathogens from infecting their flocks and herds through… Continue Reading

Video: Parents of Sickened Girl Urge Others Not to Feed Children Raw Milk

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Kylee Young was 23 months old when she contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection from drinking raw milk. The illness hospitalized her for months, caused her to have a stroke and eventually required her to receive a kidney transplanted from her mother. Kylee’s parents, Jill Brown and Jason Young, are now speaking out to urge… Continue Reading

A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don’t Feed Children Raw Milk

Kylee Young was a healthy two-year-old when she contracted an E. coli infection from drinking raw milk, an illness that caused a stroke and culminated in a kidney transplanted from her mom.

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Two years ago, when Oregon parents Jill Brown and Jason Young met Brad and Tricia Salyers, the families had no idea that they would eventually be sharing in a tragedy that sickened four of the Salyers’ children and left Brown and Young’s youngest child, Kylee – 23 months old at the time – with such… Continue Reading

Fluctuating Temperatures Increase E. Coli, Listeria Risk in Leafy Greens

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A new study has found that fluctuations in temperature during transportation and retail sale of leafy greens negatively impacts both the product’s quality and microbial safety. In a study published in the February issue of Journal of Food Protection, researchers looked at the growth of E. coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes in commercially bagged salad… Continue Reading