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CDC: 19 E. Coli Cases in 7 States Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that, as of Nov. 23, there were 19 people from seven states sickened by the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken. Five people have been hospitalized and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a… Continue Reading

Egg-Producing States File Appeal Over California’s Proposition 2


States that, until recently, sold a total of 2 billion shell eggs a year in California clearly don’t intend to give up on that lucrative Golden State market without a fight. After first getting tossed from federal court, they’ve now returned with bulked-up arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The… Continue Reading

Missouri Bill Seeks End to State and Local Regulation of Direct Farm Sales


A Missouri state legislator wants to give people the right to sell farm-produced products directly to the consumer without any interference from state or local regulatory agencies. House Bill 866 is similar to the fast-moving Wyoming “Food Freedom Act,” which unanimously passed the House in Cheyenne late last month and is now in line for… Continue Reading

5,000 Customers Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis A at Missouri Red Robin


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is vaccinating customers of a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A between May 8-16. Health officials are worried that 5,000 people may have been exposed after a restaurant worker was diagnosed with the virus. In order for the vaccine to work, it must… Continue Reading

CDC: Fast Work and Strong Epidemiological Evidence Led to Source of E. Coli Outbreak

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is praising state health officials and other collaborators for their work in identifying ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Company as the source of a multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “A lot of the footwork was done in the state health departments,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy… Continue Reading

Four-State, 11-Person E. coli Outbreak Prompts 1.8 Million-Pound Meat Recall

Cases reported in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio


Wolverine Packing Co. of Detroit, MI, is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday. At the time that the recall was issued, there were 11 illnesses linked to the recalled product. The ground beef… Continue Reading

More than 300 Sickened at Missouri Wedding


More than 300 people were sickened with Clostridium perfringens from a April 5 wedding in Sullivan, MO, according to the Franklin County Health Department. Health officials told The Missourian that the cause was gravy that took too long to cool down, allowing the bacteria to grow and emit toxins. Hours after the wedding, guests were… Continue Reading

Missouri Mulls Food Safety Exemptions for Home Kitchens, Nonprofit Events


Nonprofit events in Missouri would be able to serve food prepared in unregulated home kitchens exempt from food safety regulations, and home kitchens would be able to make and sell cottage foods worth up to $50,000 a year under legislation before the Missouri Senate. Missouri House Bill 1100, which passed the General Assembly on a… Continue Reading

Missouri Boy Dies From E. Coli Infection


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