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Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

U.S. officials say leafy greens most likely cause; victim interviews ongoing to find specific source

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public… Continue Reading

Tick tock goes the outbreak clock — nine weeks and counting

Officials face increasing pressure to release details about deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine

Consumers, lettuce growers, retailers and restaurants in the United States are still stuck between the romaine and the risk as federal agencies continue to withhold information about a deadly E. coli outbreak. That may change today as some people in the food chain have an inkling the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Centers for… Continue Reading

U.S. Rep says CDC is endangering lives; wants outbreak details

A member of Congress says the CDC’s response to a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is deeply alarming and endangering the public. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, fired off a scathing letter Monday to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeLauro, who has routinely… Continue Reading

Deadly outbreak tied to romaine ongoing; no recall, few details

Little information is available to the public in the U.S. or Canada more than six weeks into a deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The risk is ongoing in both countries, officials report. Canadian officials are suggesting consumers in some provinces avoid all romaine lettuce. Government officials haven’t revealed any information about implicated… Continue Reading

Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak – 25th Anniversary

Editor’s Note:  The following remembrance of the Jack-in-the-Box E. coli outbreak was penned by our Publisher Bill Marler and first posted in Food Poison Journal on Dec. 26.   We are republishing it here on the eve of one of the most infamous outbreaks of all time. — In January 1993, the Washington State Department… Continue Reading

E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce; 21 sick, 10 hospitalized

UPDATED 8:10 p.m. EST — Outbreak investigators are warning the public that romaine lettuce is linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157 infections in Canada, with the potentially deadly strain having already hospitalized half of the victims. Three provincial health departments are reporting outbreak cases, with 21 sick people confirmed so far. Ten of the victims… Continue Reading

Baking this weekend? Check your flour and don’t lick the bowl

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For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be… Continue Reading

Briefly: Dating game — Info shortage — Down the drain

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Ignoring the dates across the pond Billing it as a move to reduce food waste, 125 East of… Continue Reading

Ground lean veal recalled in Canada after E. coli testing

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted a recall of ground lean veal by Vantage Foods Inc. The company cited possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination as the reason for the recall. Vantage Foods Inc. distributed the veal to various Food Basics brand supermarket locations in Ontario. Little detail was included in the recall notice, about how the possible contamination was discovered. “This recall was triggered by test… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Six deadliest U.S. foodborne outbreaks

Although the United States is know world-wide as having one of the safest food supplies, there have been instances where some of the foods most commonly consumed in our country have resulted in tragedy. Jack-in-the- Box E. coli Outbreak – 1992 – 1993 708 ill, 171 hospitalized and 4 dead An outbreak of E. coli… Continue Reading