Results of a testing program in February and March are now available and show that a sample of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing area was positive for E. coli O130:H11, which can cause serious infections in people.

The Food and Drug Administration conducted the two-month sampling program in
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Buurma Farms Inc. of Willard, OH, is recalling some of its plain parsley after testing showed possible contamination with Shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

The product being recalled is Buurma plain (flat-leaf) parsley with a harvest date of Aug. 30 from the company’s Gregory, MI, location. 

“A random, routine regulatory sample
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On the heels on multiple outbreaks this past year and currently amid three mystery outbreaks, the FDA along with growers, researchers and other entities in California have announced a multi-year study to enhance food safety through better understanding of human pathogens in the environment.

Participants include the California Department
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UPDATE: Since this was posted, a fifth victim — a 6-year old boy who attended animals displays at the San Diego County Fairon June 22– has been added to this outbreak cluster. He  began experiencing symptoms on June 26 and is  recovering without hospital care. 

A 2-year-old is dead and
Continue Reading Toddler dies from E. coli infection after visit to petting zoo at county fair

Utah public health officials are investigating an increase in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections across the state. While the source of these infections has not been identified, several ill individuals reported visiting petting zoos, corn mazes, and farms.  One South Utah event farm welcomes 30,000 visitors during corn maze
Continue Reading Spike in Utah STEC cases might follow visits to event farms with petting zoos and corn mazes

Four Seattle area residents have tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) after consuming food at I Love Sushi and Sodexo’s Café Mario, Seattle-King County Public Health reports.

The two implicated restaurants are located at the Nintendo of America campus in Redmond, WA. All four people – two
Continue Reading Local STEC outbreak in Seattle area linked to Nintendo of America campus 

Four Seattle area residents have tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) after consuming food at one of three different local locations of the Homegrown restaurant chain, Seattle-King County Public Health reports.

The three implicated Homegrown restaurants are located in Redmond, Kirkland and on Westlake Avenue in Seattle. All
Continue Reading Local STEC outbreak in Seattle area blamed on pesto chicken sandwich

Only 20 percent of the estimated 265,000 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) cases annually in the United States involve outbreaks that the public hears about, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

landonhuston_406x250Two-year-old Landon Huston, currently at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, is one of the solo cases
Continue Reading Two-year-old solo E. coli victim fighting for his life in Dallas

A number of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) illnesses are being investigated following last month’s Washington County Fair in Hillsboro, OR. health officials announced Wednesday that potential sources were food items unrelated to the fair, as well as contact with livestock at the fair, which was July 28-31. Anyone
Continue Reading E. coli cases have Oregon officials investigating non-fair food, fair livestock