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Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour

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Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen Ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Watch for Pink Chicken and ‘Microwave Burritos’

Opinion

Scottish food safety officials have launched a campaign to remind the public to throughly cook chicken to kill potentially deadly pathogens such as Campylobacter. The campaign warns of the dangers of consuming pink chicken and uses photos such as this to grab the attention of consumers and foodservice operators.

Most days news of the food safety variety is alarming at best and tragic at worst, so it is with tremendous pleasure that I can share a couple of stories that crossed my screen in recent days. They left the office cat staring blankly, yet defensively, as I chuckled at Google news alerts. ‘Nothing spoils… Continue Reading

Coroner rules raw milk caused death of three-year-old boy

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Raw milk was the probable cause of death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, the Australian Coroner’s Court has ruled. An  inquiry by Coroner’s Solicitor Rebecca Cohen found that the previously healthy Victoria boy, began suffering from gastro symptoms on Sept. 30, 2014, and was admitted to Frankston Hospital four days later. He was transferred… Continue Reading

Trade secret clause gags FDA on distribution of recalled flour

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“CCI” may look and sound like a primetime crime series, but it’s actually the abbreviation for a legal phrase blocking FDA from revealing what food companies received flour that General Mills later recalled after it was linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to comment on… Continue Reading

Bread mix recalled on fear of E. coli in one of its ingredients

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Although the company did not specify the ingredient or name the supplier, Molly & Drew has recalled some of its beer bread mix sold nationwide at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations because of possible E. coli contamination. The Sac City, IA, bread company posted the recall on its blog June 17, warning consumers to… Continue Reading

Sick boy’s parents sue eatery with food safety violation history

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Denver parents are seeking legal recourse after their teenage son was hospitalized with life-threatening complications from an E. coli O157:H7 infection linked to an Aurora, CO, restaurant. The lawsuit, filed Thursday with the Arapaho County District Court in Centennial, CO, states that Marc and Candace Thompson and their son Noah, 14, ate at the Pho 75 restaurant at 2050… Continue Reading

Flour could be pathogen-free, but industry, FDA must act now

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Dozens of people are recovering from E. coli infections in the midst of a recall of millions of pounds of flour linked to their illnesses, but nothing new is in the works to prevent such outbreaks in the future. Industry and government officials have expressed concern for the victims — 10 of whom had such… Continue Reading

Restaurant linked to E. coli outbreak closes for investigation

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A restaurant in Aurora, CO, closed at the request of public health officials Friday because of an E. coli outbreak among its customers. Multiple media outlets in the area reported that Pho 75, 2050 S. Havana Street, is part of an investigation into an E. coli O157 outbreak that had four confirmed victims as of… Continue Reading

FDA finds outbreak strain of E. coli in General Mills flour

These are three of several varieties and brands of flour recalled by General Mills in relation to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

Federal officials have matched E. coli O121 from a sample of General Mills flour recovered from a sick person’s home to the outbreak strain that has sickened at least 38 people since December. The discovery is the smoking gun investigators have been looking for since late April when patient interviews revealed that raw dough made… Continue Reading