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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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