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60 Minnesota E. coli Cases Linked to Potato Salad Served at Reservation Events

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At least 60 people fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 in July at Minnesota’s Fond du Lac Reservation, apparently after consuming potato salad likely made with a contaminated ingredient, according to the local news outlet Pine Journal. The infections occurred after three separate events on the reservation, all catered by the same vendor on July… Continue Reading

Update: At Least 13 E. coli Cases in Minnesota Linked to Traveling Petting Zoo

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The Minnesota Department of Health reports that health officials have identified at least 13 people with E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Zerebko Zoo Tran, a traveling petting zoo that recently visited county fairs there. Seven people have been hospitalized, including three children. Two of the cases developed a serious complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),… Continue Reading

Federal Data Show Increases, Decreases in Antimicrobial Trends

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A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Preliminary Test Results Indicate E. coli Came From Petting Zoo at County Fair

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Preliminary test results indicate that the source of at least eight cases of E. coli O157:H7 (with five hospitalized) was a traveling petting zoo, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday. Department officials reportedly took samples from animals from the Zerebko Zoo Tran petting zoo in Bovey, which was at the Rice County Fair last… Continue Reading

Real-Life Stories Reveal the True Impact of Foodborne Illness

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Alex Donley was a tender-hearted 6-year-old who dreamed of someday being a paramedic when he was stricken with an E. coli infection in 1993 after eating a hamburger made from contaminated ground beef. Four days later, he died in a hospital room after suffering a horrific bout of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney disease stemming… Continue Reading

Nine E. coli Illnesses Linked to Animals at Minnesota County Fair

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At least nine people have fallen ill with E. coli infections after attending the Rice County Fair in Rice County, MN, according to the Faribault Daily News. Speaking to the Daily News, the fair manager said that five people have been hospitalized. The manager also said that the E. coli originated from an animal and… Continue Reading

French Cheese Recalled in Canada for Possible E. coli Contamination

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Monday that La Fromagerie Hamel is recalling La Fromagerie Hamel brand “St-Felicien lait cru France (Rhone-Alpes)” cheese from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O26:H11 contamination. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product, which was distributed to retail outlets in Quebec. The… Continue Reading

Update: 22 Potential E. coli Cases Reported on Minnesota Indian Reservation

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The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that at least 22 people on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation near Duluth have recently been sickened by foodborne illness linked to E. coli bacteria. The first illness was reported July 17. The investigation is ongoing, but no specific cause has yet been… Continue Reading

Final Report Adds Details to E. Coli Outbreak from Trader Joe’s Salads

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In October 2013, 33 people in four states were sickened by E. coli O157:H7 in an outbreak that was quickly traced back to pre-packaged salads sold at Trader Joe’s grocery locations. On Monday, the California Department of Public Health released its final report on the outbreak with a wealth of new details on the investigation,… Continue Reading

Applebee’s Changes Suppliers in Minnesota as E. coli Investigation Continues

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Following reports that its franchise locations in Minnesota may be connected to an outbreak of E. coli O111, the Applebee’s restaurant chain announced Thursday that it has “changed suppliers” in the state. When asked by Food Safety News, Applebee’s spokesman declined to specify exactly what supplies would be sourced from the new supplier. He also… Continue Reading