Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

Grassfields Cheese LLC of Coopersville, MI, is recalling about 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). The recalled products have been linked to seven cases of E. coli infection. Grassfields cheese copyThe family-owned company stated that it was voluntarily recalling the cheeses “out of an abundance of caution,” according…

Food poisoning outbreaks involving Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets are eroding its overall stock value, which last summer hit a per-share high of $756. The company’s shares closed Monday at $624, a drop of 2.5 percent. Traded under the symbol “CMG” on the New York Stock Exchange, the “fast casual” restaurant chain has recently experienced three…

Oct. 9 update: A state epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the two boys who became ill after visiting a petting zoo last month were both infected by E. coli O111. “The strain and molecular typing from each patient was identical, making it highly likely that the cases…

The Northwest Washington Fair is embarking on some targeted community health education after an E. coli outbreak earlier this year was linked to a building at the fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. A related presentation featuring remarks from the local health department, along with police, fire and fair officials, is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Aug. 12,…

One reason food safety experts attend the annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting is to be reminded of the really big things that are going on. One of those is definitely the Shiga-toxigenic E. coli Coordinated Agricultural Project, or STEC CAP for short. It’s a $25-million multi-disciplinary, multiple-year project at multiple land-grant…