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Food Safety in a Time of Festivals, Fairs and Cronut Burgers

In Canada, August signifies the arrival of the agricultural exhibition. Cities from across the nation celebrate the end of summer with games, concerts, midway rides and, of course, a diverse choice of foods ranging from corn on the cob to cotton candy. Amid the annual offerings, one particular item usually stands out as a fan… Continue Reading

Central California E. coli Illnesses Under Investigation

The origin of the E. coli illnesses of three San Luis Obispo County residents, including two who have been hospitalized, is being investigated by California health officials while they look for others who might be infected. One of the three is a 12-year old girl who attended the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles where… Continue Reading

North Carolina Mom Sues County Fair After Son Part of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

Amie Westfall is suing the Cleveland County Fair in Shelby, North Carolina after her 18-month-old son Dominic suffered from a severe E. coli infection as part of last month’s outbreak tied to the fair’s petting zoo, Circle G Ranch. According to the North Carolina Department of Health, there were 106 reported illnesses and 1 death… Continue Reading

Another Illness in North Carolina E. coli Outbreak; 101 Cases Linked to Fair

Another E. coli O157:H7 case has been added to the outbreak connected with the Cleveland County fair in North Carolina, bringing the total number of known cases to 101, according to the the North Carolina Department of Health. “Preliminary findings suggest animal exposure may be the source of this outbreak,” said health officials in a… Continue Reading

E. coli Cases Linked to NC Fair Rise by 20

Officials expect a drop-off in new illnesses from now on

The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to the Cleveland County Fair in North Carolina has jumped to 81, up from the 61 cases reported yesterday. One patient, a two-year-old boy from Gaston County, died last week as a result his illness. At least 52 children and 29 adults are now known to be part… Continue Reading

No Source Yet for Growing E. coli Outbreak Tied to NC County Fair

At least 29 children and 17 adults are now known to have been infected with the dangerous O157:H7 strain of E. coli while attending the Cleveland County Fair in North Carolina. The death of one of these victims, two-year-old Gage Lefever, has sent the community into mourning. On its website, the Cleveland County Fair says it… Continue Reading

County Fair Focus of E. coli Investigation in NC

Four confirmed cases of E. coli may be related to North Carolina’s Cleveland County Fair, which ended Sunday. Parents of a 12-year-old Gaston County boy blame something the youngster ate or came in contact with at the county fair for his his E. coli infection. He is currently in intensive care. North Carolina health officials… Continue Reading