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Steer clear of fair foibles — pun intended; pigs problematic, too

It’s fair season, and a new crop of parents is taking excited youngsters to county and state fairs across the country so they can see the farm animals. Not only see them, but pet them as well. Maybe even kiss them. Stop right there, many veterinarians and fair directors will say. Before heading to the… Continue Reading

Chipotle mum on status of restaurant linked to outbreak

No one was answering the phone at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tripleseven Road in Sterling, VA, Tuesday evening and no one from the chain’s corporate headquarters in Denver was answering questions about when they might reopen the location, which is implicated in an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak. Earlier in the day the corporation’s public… Continue Reading

Pew report encourages investments to reduce contamination

Citing an estimated 2 million U.S. illnesses caused annually because of contaminated meat and poultry and resulting health care costs of almost $6 billion, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts is calling for renewed commitment from government and industry to reduce microorganisms before animals reach the slaughterhouse. In its report “Food Safety From Farm… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak sparks warning about raw milk, ground beef

The E. coli outbreak in southwest Utah that has already killed two is growing, and public health officials there have warned people to avoid consuming raw milk or recently purchased ground beef. Officials with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department initially reported six victims in a July 3 health alert. As of Tuesday, 11 victims… Continue Reading

Packing pouches to protect produce from pathogens

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fort Pierce, FL, develop a small plastic pouch to make food safer. Sanitizers are often used to kill microbes on produce. Food processors in the U.S. add chlorine to wash water in produce packing operations as a preventative measure, and… Continue Reading

House divided for residents at center of Utah E. coli outbreak

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department did not officially determine the source of a E. coli outbreak during the long Independence Day weekend. However, it probably won’t be much longer before a source is named for the outbreak that is centered in the communities of Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ. Six people have been infected in… Continue Reading

Hunt for source of two deadly E. coli infections underway in Utah

Two Utah children are dead from E. coli infections in recent days,  and local  health officials do not know how the victims were exposed to the pathogen.  The children were both residents of the polygamist enclave of Hildale, UT where Deputy Marshal Daniel Musser says it’s possible other  children  in the area might have also been… Continue Reading

Two-year-old solo E. coli victim fighting for his life in Dallas

Only 20 percent of the estimated 265,000 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) cases annually in the United States involve outbreaks that the public hears about, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-year-old Landon Huston, currently at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, is one of the solo cases that comprise the other 80… Continue Reading

Rogers flour recalled in Canada because of E. coli outbreak

Almost three weeks after a public health warning about E. coli contamination of Rogers brand flour, the company Rogers Foods Ltd. is recalling the flour from Costco locations in British Columbia. The recall notice dated June 7 and posted Thursday on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website names the same batch of flour that the… Continue Reading

Creation Gardens recalls 11 tons of beef because of E. coli

Creation Gardens Inc. is recalling more than 11 tons of beef from unidentified foodservice locations in four states after company tests showed E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Louisville, KY, food distributor notified in-house government inspectors of the positive test results on Monday and the recall notice was posted by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service… Continue Reading