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Costco: FDA Tests Indicate Vegetables in Chicken Salad May Be E. Coli Source

Costco chicken salad label

Initial testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points toward a vegetable mix sourced from a California produce wholesaler as the potential source of E. coli connected with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. At least 19 people in seven states have so far been sickened with E. coli infections linked to the chicken salad, which Costco… Continue Reading

E. Coli Outbreak Traced to Chocolate Dessert Served at Reno Restaurant

The Twisted Fork

The source of the E. coli contamination which recently sickened patrons of a popular Reno, NV, restaurant has been identified as a chocolate mousse dessert. “It was a chocolate marquee mousse, basically a chocolate cake with frosting,” Phil Ulibarri, public information officer for the Washoe County Health District, told Food Safety News. The Washoe County Health District… Continue Reading

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in CO, UT, MT and WA


In a statement posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that it is working with other western states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate illnesses due to E. coli O157:H7 from chicken salad purchased at Colorado Costco stores in late October. The… Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli Can Transfer Antibiotic Resistance to Other Bacteria


Scientists have discovered a gene in E. coli that makes it resistant to a class of “last-resort” antibiotics known as polymyxins. The gene can also transfer resistance to other epidemic pathogens such as K. pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the mcr-1 gene is widespread in Enterobacteriaceae samples from pigs in… Continue Reading

Eight Cases of E. Coli Infection Linked to Now-Closed Nevada Restaurant

The Twisted Fork

The Twisted Fork Restaurant in South Reno, NV, has voluntarily closed after being potentially linked to eight cases of E. coli infection. According to news reports, the decision was made due to lack of information about the situation. “We are going to voluntarily close until they (health officials) tell us what is going on,” Joe… Continue Reading

Update: 70 Illnesses in Illinois Possibly Linked to Apple Cider


Update: As of Nov. 6 , 70 people who attended the Pike County Color Drive on Oct. 17-18. and drank apple cider have become ill. Victims range in age from less than one year to 89 years old. Laboratory results are currently pending, per samples submitted to both the IDPH lab in Illinois and the CDC lab,… Continue Reading

13 E. Coli Illnesses in California Linked to Recalled Apple Juice

Investigation continuing into source of the bacteria

High Hill Ranch apple stand

As of Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, there were 13 confirmed cases of E. coli O111 infection being linked to unpasteurized apple juice from High Hill Ranch near Placerville, CA. An investigation by state and county health and environmental officials is continuing into the source of the problem. According to the Sacramento County Department of Health &… Continue Reading

Update: 41 E. Coli O26 Cases in OR and WA Associated With Chipotle Restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill sign

Nov. 6 update: The Oregon Health Authority stated Friday, Nov. 6, that there are now 13 E. coli O26 illnesses in Oregon connected with eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. That is one more reported case since Thursday. Four people have been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health has revised its case count down by… Continue Reading

UK High Court: 2010 Inquest into Boy’s E. Coli Death Will Stand

Mason Jones

Ten years after the death of 5-year-old Mason Jones from E. coli O157:H7, Lord Justice of Appeal Patrick Elias has decided to let the 2010 inquest into the boy’s death stand. Elias found there was “no error in law” during the inquest in which William Tudor, owner of the Tudor and Sons butcher shop in Bridgend,… Continue Reading

Update: 37 People Sickened With E. Coli Linked to Chipotle Restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill sign

At least 37 people have been sickened with E. coli in connection with Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. According to updated case counts released Tuesday, there are 12 victims in Oregon and 25 in Washington. In Washington, residents of Clark (11), Cowlitz (2), Island (2), King (6), and Skagit (4) counties have been reported as outbreak cases…. Continue Reading