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Now-Recalled Rancho Beef Found Its Way Into Jack in the Box and Other Fast-Food Hamburgers

Restaurants Escape USDA's 'Retail List'

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Jack in the Box and other fast-food restaurants were not included in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list of retailers who might have received recalled beef from Rancho Feeding Corp. in Petaluma, CA. The retail list for the Rancho recall is one of the longest ever, with more than 5,800 stores. But it turns out… Continue Reading

Reagan Reflects on Food-Safety Record at Cattlemen’s Beef Association

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Looking back on his time at the the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, James “Bo” Reagan tends to focus on his work within the beef industry to help beat back the threat of E. coli. In the unending war between an entire industry and a single bacterium, he has likely led more battles than anyone else…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: McDonald’s and E. coli, 30 Years Later

Opinion

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A few weeks ago I was giving a talk at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Boston.  My talk was primarily an overview of where food safety has come since the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in 1993.  At one point I introduced an article I found in 1993 at… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: The Food Industry

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Last week, Food Safety News acknowledged leaders in government, education, non-government organizations, consumer groups and the media who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we end our series focusing on food safety leaders by naming names in the food industry. Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us… Continue Reading

E. coli Treatment Since Jack in the Box: The Struggle Continues 20 Years Later

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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Outbreak Detection Since Jack in the Box: A Public Health Evolution

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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Policy Changes in the Wake of the Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak

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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Food Safety Since Jack in the Box: Progress Made and Progress Still Needed

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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak: Q & A with Brianne Kiner

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Twenty years ago, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Opinion

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I have thought a lot over the last 20 years about what lessons can be drawn from the tragedy that was the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.  Knowing the children—many who are now nearing 30—who still bear the scars of eating a hamburger, and knowing the parents of those who died,… Continue Reading