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Missouri Boy Dies From E. Coli Infection

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A 2-year-old boy from Monett, MO, has reportedly died from E. coli infection. According to a Monday TV news report, he died Friday at a Springfield hospital. A hospital pediatrician said that the victim tested positive for E. coli O157:H7, which is commonly linked to consumption of undercooked meat. Lawrence County Health Department officials said… Continue Reading

Missouri Bill Introduced to Require GM Fish and Meat Labeling

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A state Senator from St. Louis has introduced a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified meat and fish in Missouri. State Sen. Jemilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) introduced Senate Bill 155 this week. “While I understand that food production is an integral Missouri industry, I don’t feel the trend of biotechnology and genetically engineered foods is… Continue Reading

Missouri Artisan Cheese Recalled for E. coli Risk

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A Missouri creamery is recalling 250 pounds of cheese because it may be contaminated with E. coli. Homestead Creamery of Jamesport, MO issued a voluntary recall of a batch of its Flory’s Favorite cheese, a 60-day aged cheese made from raw milk. “Preliminary test results received from the Missouri State Health Laboratory indicate the cheese… Continue Reading

NW Missouri on Alert For Raw Milk Causing E. coli Illnesses

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Several cases of diarrheal illnesses in northwest Missouri, possibly caused by Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and including at least one confirmed case of E. coli O103 are behind the public health alert issued over the weekend by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). According to information contained in the alert, the… Continue Reading

Missouri Butcher Who Sold Hearts as Ground Beef Gets Fine

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says John’s Butcher Shoppe in the St. Louis area will pay $50,000 to the state and submit to unannounced inspections by the Department of Agriculture as punishment for mislabeling product by selling cow hearts as ground beef. “Consumers must be able to trust that food products they purchase are what… Continue Reading

Missouri Investigates Vibrio Outbreak

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced late last week that it was investigating a cluster of cases of Vibriosis in eastern Missouri. According to DHSS, 3 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus–an infection that is commonly associated with eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly raw oysters–were reported June 27 and 28, 2012. Vibriosis… Continue Reading

‘Show Me’ State Compromises on Ag-Gag

With the clock ticking down to adjournment today, the Missouri Senate pulled a surprise late Thursday by not bringing up the so-called “ag-gag” bill but instead passing an omnibus agriculture law with some changes in law that look like an ag-gag compromise. After a long day in Jefferson City, the Senate voted 25-5 for final… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Still Suspect in 14 Missouri E. Coli Cases

Fourteen cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection, including at least two severe cases requiring hospitalization, have been confirmed in the central Missouri outbreak linked to unpasteurized milk. A raw milk dairy in Howard County has been implicated as the source of the illnesses. A 2-year-old from Boone County who was given raw milk developed symptoms… Continue Reading

Missouri May Be Moving Forward With ‘Ag-Gag’

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A Missouri Senate committee will hear and likely recommend approval of House Bill 1860, the so-called ag-gag bill the lower chamber already approved on a 124-29 vote.   If that happens, HB 1860 will get a final up or down vote on the floor of the Missouri Senate, possibly before the end of the week…. Continue Reading