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Research finds some E. coli survive cooking temperatures

Professor Lynn McMullen

In the wide, wide world of Escherichia coli, some might say the pathogen will eventually survive fire and others might say it will survive ice. But more important than any of that is the need to cook hamburger to more than 160 degrees and always use that meat thermometer. A June 2 news release about some otherwise… Continue Reading

E. coli consultant escapes federal prison time for falsifying tests

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The consultant who in 2010 said beef he tested was E. coli free when it wasn’t got off Thursday with one year of home detention, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service. He’ll also have to pay a share of $307,000 in restitution. The 68-year-old Jim Johnson, surrounded by about two dozen… Continue Reading

Mother of Jack in The Box outbreak victim dies

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Suzanne Kiner, food safety advocate and mother of one of the child victims of the infamous 1993 Jack in The Box E. coli outbreak, died Jan. 5, 2016, at age 67. Kiner’s daughter Brianne was 9 years old in 1993 when she contracted what developed into a life-threatening infection from E. coli in a fast food hamburger…. Continue Reading

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

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

13.5 Tons of Beef Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Denver’s Lombardi Brothers Meats issued a July Fourth eve recall of approximately 26,975 pounds of tenderized steak and ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). No illnesses are yet known to be associated with the meat, which was distributed… 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

Group Seeks to Reverse Slight Upward Trend in E. Coli in Ground Beef

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Once a major threat to the beef industry, the levels of E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef have been on a historic decline since peaking in the mid-1990s. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), levels of E. coli infections today are less than half of what they were in 1996, and beef companies have… Continue Reading

Wegmans Ground Beef Recalled for Possible Plastic Pieces

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J & G Foods Inc. of Sutton, MA, is recalling approximately 33,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. The ground beef products were produced on Dec. 23, 2014. The following products are subject to recall: 1-lb…. Continue Reading

Ground Beef in School Lunches Meets Stricter Microbial Standards

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According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report published last week, the ground beef supplied to school lunches contains “significantly less” Salmonella contamination than products sold on the commercial market. USDA’s Economic Research Service examined the impact of food-safety standards imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on suppliers of ground beef to the National… Continue Reading