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The Rare Burger Issue

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As part of my daily public health mission, I track foodborne outbreaks and teach food safety. I do the latter to try to reduce the former, anywhere, anytime, any way I can introduce it into conversation because everyone should be served safe food. Recently, on a rare night out, I was trying to order a hamburger… Continue Reading

E. Coli Infects 24 People, Hospitalizes 5, in 4 Canadian Provinces

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is warning the public about an outbreak of a potentially deadly form of E. coli after at least 24 people became infected and five of them ended up being hospitalized. The 24 cases of Escherichia coli O157 occurred between July 12 and Aug. 8, 2015, with the “peak… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports’ Ground Beef Study Elicits Differing Interpretations

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With its newly released study, Consumer Reports is arguing that ground beef from sustainably raised cows is safer than that from conventionally raised ones. Industry, however, says that the study shows low levels of pathogens in meat. The consumer organization tested ground beef samples for bacteria and found that all of it contained bacteria that… Continue Reading

Pre-Washed Spinach May Not Be As Clean As You Think

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While the rinse used on spinach may be effective at cleaning dirt and debris from the leaves, it’s not necessarily effective at killing pathogens, thanks to the topography of the spinach leaves. Researchers at the University of California-Riverside tested different wash conditions on spinach contaminated with E. coli and measured the rates at which the… Continue Reading

Fair Lesson: Spread Soap and Water, Not E. Coli Infection

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There was a lot of hand-washing going on during the Northwest Washington Fair last week in Lynden, WA. Yes, there were the usual farm exhibits, carnival rides, food booths, music, talent shows, and much more. But the 24 hand-washing stations placed around the animal barns, along with a team of specially trained “Hand-Washing Ambassadors,” underscored the… Continue Reading

Federal Report on Antimicrobial Trends Gets Interactive Update

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its 2012-2013 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. The new collection of data on antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats and animals at slaughter includes interactive graphs. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and… Continue Reading

After E. Coli Outbreak, WA Fairgrounds Focusing on ‘Healthy Hand Hygiene’

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The Northwest Washington Fair is embarking on some targeted community health education after an E. coli outbreak earlier this year was linked to a building at the fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. A related presentation featuring remarks from the local health department, along with police, fire and fair officials, is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Aug. 12, at the Haggen… Continue Reading

Update: Two Hospitalized in E. Coli Outbreak Possibly Linked to IN Daycare

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A spokeswoman for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) told Food Safety News on Wednesday, Aug. 12, that there are two confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 and that there have also been two hospitalizations so far. Jennifer O’Malley, director of the department’s office of public affairs, said that she could not provide any details about specific… Continue Reading

Nevada Prison Reports Three Inmates May Be Infected With E. Coli

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Three inmates at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada may be infected with some strain of E. coli. Nevada public health officials say that one case is confirmed and two more are suspected at the prison best known for housing former football star O.J. Simpson. Lovelock is located about 100 miles northeast of Reno. It is… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: A Word of Caution About STEC CAP Research for the Beef Industry

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One reason food safety experts attend the annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting is to be reminded of the really big things that are going on. One of those is definitely the Shiga-toxigenic E. coli Coordinated Agricultural Project, or STEC CAP for short. It’s a $25-million multi-disciplinary, multiple-year project at multiple land-grant… Continue Reading