Tag: E. coli O157

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

| July 6, 2016

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 phage type (PT) 34 infection in the UK that may be linked to the consumption of mixed salad, including rocket (also known as rucola) leaves. A total of 109 cases had been identified up to 4th July, with 102 cases in England, 6 […]

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Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour

Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour

| June 2, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (STEC O121) infections that has been linked to flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri. The first cases became ill in late December 2015 and the outbreak has so far affected […]

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CDC publishes annual foodborne disease outbreak report

CDC publishes annual foodborne disease outbreak report

| May 18, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, United States, 2014, Annual Report, providing data on recognised outbreaks caused by foodborne agents in which the first illness occurred in 2014. Overall the report shows that 864 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported during the year, resulting in 13,246 […]

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Multi-country E. coli outbreak under investigation in Europe

Multi-country E. coli outbreak under investigation in Europe

| April 8, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have issued a Rapid Outbreak Assessment for a multi-country outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection associated with haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). To date 25 cases associated with the outbreak have been identified and most of those affected […]

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Research reveals PulseNet value

Research reveals PulseNet value

| March 18, 2016

Newly published research in the USA has shown that the PulseNet laboratory network, which shares the genetic fingerprints of foodborne pathogen isolates, is preventing around 276,000 cases of foodborne illness every year. This equates to annual savings of $507 million on medical bills and lost productivity. The research, led by economist Robert L. Scharff from […]

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Salmonella and E. coli outbreaks linked to alfalfa sprouts

Salmonella and E. coli outbreaks linked to alfalfa sprouts

| March 4, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating two apparently unrelated multistate food poisoning outbreaks linked to different brands of alfalfa sprouts. An outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen infections has affected at least thirteen people in four states, with five requiring hospital treatment. The investigation has established a link with alfalfa sprouts […]

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Pork products recalled in Canada over E. coli contamination

Pork products recalled in Canada over E. coli contamination

| February 19, 2016

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reports that Hillview Meat Processor has recalled raw pork and pork organ products supplied to food businesses in Calgary, Alberta, because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recalled products were supplied to 11 companies in Calgary for further processing into raw meat cuts, ground pork, sausages and raw […]

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Sausage products recalled over E. coli fears

Sausage products recalled over E. coli fears

| February 9, 2016

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a Food Recall Warning to consumers relating to certain sausage products manufactured by Paolini’s Sausage and Meats of Calgary, Alberta, which may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The company is recalling 10 different sausage products, such as Hungarian sausages and Mettwurst, all of which may have […]

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Can pre-packed salads ever be completely safe?

Can pre-packed salads ever be completely safe?

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

An on-going outbreak of listeriosis in the USA and Canada has hospitalised 19 people since last July and may also have contributed to two deaths. The evidence points to packaged salad products produced at a single facility in Ohio as the likely source of infection. That facility, operated by Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., has suspended […]

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Potentially contaminated beef recalled

Potentially contaminated beef recalled

| January 26, 2016

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Snapp’s Ferry Packing Company, of Afton Tennessee, is recalling approximately 410 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled ground beef was produced on 20 November 2015 and packed in 5-lb packages labelled “Ground Beef” and with […]

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