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E. Coli Testing Market Expected to Reach $2.1 Billion by 2022

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The global market for E. coli testing is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2022, up from $1.2 billion in 2013, according to a new report from market research company Transparency Market Research. Thanks in part to major federal efforts to combat more foodborne illness in the U.S. via the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), analysts expect… Continue Reading

Niagara Recalls 14 Bottled Water Brands From Same Source for E. Coli Risk

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Niagara Bottling LLC has recalled all spring water products produced at its two Pennsylvania facilities between June 10-18, 2015, after being informed that the water source was potentially compromised by E. coli bacteria. Niagara stated that the bacteria were found on June 10, noting, “As the spring source did not notify us in a timely manner,… Continue Reading

Reid Calls for Full FSMA Funding on Senate Floor

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both of whom became… Continue Reading

The Prevalence of Foodborne Illness

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Days ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent yearly summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The summary covered the year 2013, and it found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the country during that year — a number consistent with the 800 to 850… Continue Reading

Update: 11 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to South Carolina Daycare Center

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed another three E. coli infections connected to an outbreak at a daycare in Greenwood, SC, bringing the total case count to 11. These three newly revealed illnesses occurred in people who have already recovered from their infections but had not been previously associated with the outbreak… Continue Reading

Update: Eight E. Coli Cases Now Linked to South Carolina Daycare

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced Sunday that lab tests have confirmed seven cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) associated with a daycare in Greenwood, SC. On Monday, the department updated the number of confirmed E. coli cases to eight. Four of these individuals have infections with the same bacteria… Continue Reading

Update: South Carolina Boy, 2, Dies of E. Coli Complications

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Update (June 3): Additional information has come to light regarding this death, and the article has been updated to reflect the new information. A 2-year-old boy from Greenwood, SC, has died from complications related to E. coli infection, according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox. Myles Mayfield reportedly died Sunday night at Greenville Memorial Hospital…. Continue Reading

Ground Beef Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Western Meat Company of Tucson, AZ, is recalling ground beef sold between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, due to the potential risk of E. coli contamination, according to a May 27 announcement from the Arizona Department of Agriculture. The recall affects only 5- and 10-pound bulk packages of ground beef sold between those dates,… Continue Reading

ProPublica Study Dishes on Cruise Ship Food Safety Problems

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With more than 22 million passengers each year, cruise ships are a popular way to get out and see the world, but they’re also a great venue for spreading contagious foodborne illnesses to a large number of people in a short amount of time, according to a new study on the health and safety of the… Continue Reading

Update: Case Count Now at 22 in Washington State E. Coli Outbreak

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The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections in Whatcom County, WA, has been recalculated by federal and state investigators who have been on the scene since last week. As of Monday, May 18, the latest case count is 22 lab-confirmed cases, four cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), 10 people hospitalized, and no deaths. Several other… Continue Reading