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UPDATED: BOLO for recalled ground beef in Texas after E. coli test result

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UPDATED CONTENT Sept. 29: As of today, at least one retailer that received the recalled products has been identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A WinCo Foods location in Duncanville, TX, received some of the boneless beef trim products recalled by Caviness Beef Packers. The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service will post additional updates… Continue Reading

Kansas researchers develop nanosensor for faster E. coli detection

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Researchers at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Pittsburg, KS, have developed a hybrid nanosensor to detect bacterial contamination from E. coli or other pathogens at concentrations as low as one colony-forming unit and to do it more quickly than existing methods. According to an abstract posted Sept. 4 by ACS Infectious Diseases, the nanosensor uses a… Continue Reading

E. coli cases traced to slaughterhouse; beef, veal, bison recalled

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A Massachusetts meat company is recalling beef, veal and bison processed from July through this week because state and federal officials have linked it to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. Seven people in four states have been confirmed with infections from the outbreak strain of E. coli. Of the five victims interviewed as… Continue Reading

Another Seattle restaurant closed amid illness outbreak

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Another foodborne illness outbreak has closed another Seattle restaurant. This time around it’s the Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge in the city’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The closure notice from Public Health – Seattle & King County is brief and slim on details. As of Friday health officials couldn’t even say whether the sick people are… Continue Reading

Staff of life can pose food safety dangers

A deer makes its way through a wheat field on the Palouse region in southeast Washington. More land is planted with wheat in the world than any other crop. It provides 20 percent of the world’s caloric consumption, and 20 percent of the protein for half of the world’s poorest people. (Photo by Horst Onken)

Just as wheat is the staff of life in many human civilizations, it is as important to animals and insects. In fact, they love it, as anyone who has lived near or worked in the wheat fields very well knows. All manner of critters, including deer, birds and rodents, will seize the opportunity to dine on… Continue Reading

Victims in three other states linked to E. coli outbreak in Seattle

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An E. coli outbreak initially linked to a restaurant in Seattle is now being investigated as a multi-state outbreak with cases confirmed in four states. In addition to seven Washington residents reported last week in connection with the Matador restaurant in Seattle, the outbreak has also sickened people in Colorado, Idaho and New York. Officials… Continue Reading

Update: Seattle restaurant linked to E. coli cluster allowed to reopen

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Sept. 16 update: The Matador restaurant in Seattle has been inspected and given approval to reopen as of 2 p.m. Thursday, according to an update from Public Health — Seattle & King County. “They have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the restaurant, and all opened and prepared food has been discarded,” the statement read. Health inspectors… Continue Reading

Two more E. coli cases being linked to another Seattle restaurant

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Seattle public health officials are investigating two more E. coli cases, but these new cases do not appear linked to The Matador restaurant. One King County resident and another person were apparently sickened with E. coli O157:H7 after eating at Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant in the city’s University District on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24, respectively. They have… Continue Reading

E. coli strain associated with Seattle restaurant goes traveling

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The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Small amount of lamb meat sold in MA recalled for potential E. coli risk

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PT Farm LLC of North Haverhill, NH, is recalling approximately 15 pounds of lamb products that may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The lamb products, a neck and one leg, were derived from a carcass produced on Sept. 6, shipped to a… Continue Reading