Even though the outbreak strain was identified in lettuce, federal officials continued to say today that the source of an E. Coli O157:H7 outbreak is unknown. The CDC declared the outbreak is over.
A public notice sent out today by the FDA announces a romaine lettuce recall three days after Tanimura & Antle initiated the action because of tests in Michigan that showed E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
Researchers have used an outbreak a decade ago to look at how decisions on excluding sick and healthy people from investigations could change the conclusions reached.
Criteria to include or exclude cases can help increase…
Continue Reading Criteria used to exclude people could change outbreak conclusions
Officials in two states have confirmed they are working with federal officials on an investigation into E. coli illnesses linked to lettuce served by a national restaurant chain.
Spokespeople with the Nevada and Vermont state…
Continue Reading Some state officials admit outbreak investigation is ongoing; others fail to respond
At least 20 people in Wisconsin have E. coli infections that could be linked to an outbreak in Maryland that has been traced to ready-to-eat romaine lettuce salads. Some officials, however, say a specific cause…
Continue Reading Officials name romaine in E. coli outbreak in Maryland; other patients in Wisconsin also ate salad
“Tropical parasites in our food? No way!” most Americans think.
It’s time to think again.
In May Hawaii’s Department of Health announced three more cases of rat lungworm in recent visitors. Already endemic in…
Continue Reading Paradise parasites — Challenges to controlling rat lungworm disease
Major retailers including Whole Foods Market and Costco were among those where Consumer Reports found leafy greens contaminated with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
The pre-eminent consumer watchdog group gathered 284 samples of fresh…
Continue Reading Spot check of almost 300 leafy greens samples shows serious contamination
A study by German researchers has raised concerns on the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat salad mixes and fresh sprouts.
The three-year research project by the Max Rubner Institute also found the microbiological quality of cucumbers,…
Continue Reading Study finds pathogen issues with ready-to-eat salad and sprouts
Norovirus has been found in berries and salad vegetables in the United Kingdom, according to a study.
Researchers discovered 5.3 percent of lettuce, 2.3 percent of fresh raspberry, and 3.6 percent of frozen raspberry samples…
Continue Reading Norovirus found in UK fresh produce
Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase…
Continue Reading Penn State researchers find farmers markets’ food safety inadequate; E. coli and Listeria abound
The most recent outbreak from Escherichia coli O157:H7 in romaine lettuce spurred me to pull up an old draft, trim it and post it in an attempt to promote public health. Enjoy.