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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

Minnesota E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Applebee’s Reportedly Expands

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The investigation into the E. coli O111 outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people in Minnesota has reportedly expanded with two cases in two other unnamed states, according to communications between NBC News reporter JoNel Aleccia and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC has declined to identify the… Continue Reading

E. Coli O111 Outbreak Under Investigation in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating 13 cases of E. coli O111 in the state, which they believe have been caused by a “widely distributed food item.” Seven of the 13 cases reported eating at Applebee’s restaurants in the state between June 24 and 27, though the other six cases have no apparent connection… Continue Reading

NHS Report: E. coli Outbreak at Scottish Concert Venue Caused by Undercooked Burgers

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An outbreak of E. coli O157 Verotoxin-producing E. coli (VETC) which sickened 22 people at the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this year was caused by undercooked beef burgers, according to a report from the Public Health Protection Unit, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The report states that 19 of the 22… Continue Reading

Medium-Rare Burgers: A Risky Culinary Comeback

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For those in the food industry, the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993 is known as the single event that convinced burger joints across the country to raise their internal cooking temperature by 15 degrees. In that outbreak, hamburgers sold at Jack in the Box franchises predominantly in Washington state sickened more… Continue Reading

Reporting Delays Stymie Alabama Health Officials in Outbreak Investigation

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An apparent foodborne illness outbreak in Decatur, AL, that sickened 19 people and may have killed one of them has state health officials stymied about the specific cause. More than 200 people attended a luncheon May 30 at Bridge Builders Church in Decatur sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. However, according to the sponsor, the… Continue Reading

Update: Retail Locations Believed to Have Received Recalled Ground Beef Expands Again

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On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) again updated its list of retail locations in several states the agency “has reason to believe” received ground beef recently recalled by Wolverine Packing Co. of Detroit, MI. The list, which is being regularly updated, now includes: Parkway Tobacco Express, Appomattox, VA; Kelley’s… Continue Reading

CDC: Fast Work and Strong Epidemiological Evidence Led to Source of E. Coli Outbreak

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is praising state health officials and other collaborators for their work in identifying ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Company as the source of a multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “A lot of the footwork was done in the state health departments,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy… Continue Reading