Wolverine Packing Co. recall

rare.hamburgerBefore the federal Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention went public with the first announcement of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, the boss let everyone working on foodborne diseases know there was one “notable thing” about the brewpub chain involved.

“Advance notification that ’tis the season again,” said Dr. Robert V. Tauxe in an email to his troops. “This is a cluster of 9 cases of O157 infections, linked to ground beef in the Midwest. The most notable thing about it is there is a burger chain involved named Bar 145 (sort of like a cattle brand).

“They
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(This blog post by Dr. Ben Chapman was published June 2, 2014, on Barfblog and is republished here with his permission.) A couple of years ago, I heard a retailer food safety dude tell a group of farmers that his team keeps track of companies linked to illnesses and recalls. The buyer paid attention to how the incident was handled, especially watching for an expanding recall (indicating poor sanitation or traceability) and any public comments by the company. The collected info. was used to evaluate whether they would buy from the supplier in the future. Being linked to tragic illnesses
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Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 in the Wichita, KS, area stem from contamination at a private event and are not related to last Monday’s Wolverine Packing Co. recall of about 1.8 million pounds of pathogen-tainted beef. Those infected at the private event, about which no details were released, include two people from Sedgwick County and two from Harvey County. One of the four has seen the infection progress to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication in E. coli cases involving possible kidney failure and which usually strikes children. Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow said
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