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Don’t let spoiled food spoil the fun on Labor Day weekend

In honor of Labor Day, many people in the U.S. will share good company, fun and food. Unwanted guests can crash the picnics and parties, though, if hosts don’t pay attention to food safety basics. Most foods that are prepared for outdoor gatherings are not properly cooled, according to public health officials. Not cooling just-cooked food quick enough allows harmful bacteria to multiply rapidly…. Continue Reading

6 Food Safety Tips for Your Next Cookout

August is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a cookout or picnic for the dog days of summer, here are some tips from the Partnership for Food Safety to help keep you and your family and friends from getting sick. 1. Wash Your Hands Always wash your hands before and after handling food…. Continue Reading

Tailgating Food Safety Q & A

Keeping food safe before, during, and after the game

Editor’s Note: Football season is well under way, but because Food Safety News staff members witnessed some less-than-safe food-handling practices while tailgating recently, we’ve reprinted the USDA food safety advice for tailgaters here. Keeping food safe at a tailgate gathering requires the same safe food handling practices as picnicking outdoors because a refrigerator and running… Continue Reading

Source Never Found in Deadly OH E. coli Outbreak

Public health officials were unable to determine the source of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at a July picnic in Germantown, Ohio that killed one person and sickened 79. The outbreak investigation began July 9, when the first case of E. coli infection was confirmed, though the picnic took place on July 3. That six-day… Continue Reading

Young Victim of E. coli Outbreak from Ohio Picnic Still in Hospital

Four-year-old girl in "serious condition," health department reports

A 4-year-old girl remains in the hospital after being infected with E. coli O157:H7 at a private picnic in Ohio, where at least 74 others were also sickened. A total of 14 victims were hospitalized; 3 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection marked by kidney failure. One of the HUS… Continue Reading

Man Dies in Ohio E. coli Outbreak Linked to Picnic

A 73-year-old victim of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Germantown, Ohio has died from his infection. The outbreak has affected at 75 people who attended a picnic in Germantown July 3, leaving 14 hospitalized and 3 with kidney failure as a complication of their infections. The man who died was one of these three…. Continue Reading

More Victims in Ohio E. coli Outbreak Linked to Picnic

74 ill; 14 hospitalized

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 thought to have originated at a picnic in Germantown, Ohio has expanded from 68 victims to 75, according to the local health department. The number of people hospitalized remained steady at 14 since the last report. Three of those hospitalized, including a 4-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a… Continue Reading

68 Now Ill with E. Coli from Ohio Picnic Outbreak

14 hospitalized with 3 in serious condition

The number ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak from a picnic at a Germantown, Ohio business has now risen to 68, according to the Dayton & Montgomery County Health Department. Fourteen people have been hospitalized, with three now in serious condition. The health department is still investigating the cause of the illnesses. As many… Continue Reading