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Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Avoid All Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says As E. Coli Outbreak Widens

U.S. health officials are warning people to steer clear of romaine lettuce, which they say has caused an ongoing outbreak of E. coli responsible for 32 confirmed illnesses across the country, including 13 hospitalizations, and an additional 18 people in Canada. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials have traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce, they have not yet identified the exact source of the E. coli contamination. “It’s still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the source of contamination that contributed to this outbreak,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Ground beef products recalled due to E.coli scare

More than 132,600 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the carcass are being recalled because the meat may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26 (E. coli), a bacteria that can cause potentially life threatening illness in some humans. At least 17 people have been sickened and one person has died between July 5 and July 25, 2018, after eating the meat. The recall was initiated by Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colorado-based establishment. Affected ground beef products were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018, and bear the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the ... Read More

Panera Customer Sues Over E. Coli Poisoning From Salad

A Panera Bread customer who became “violently ill” and hospitalized after eating salads contaminated with E. Coli earlier this year is suing the bakery-café restaurant chain. NJ.com reports that Robin Hall of Long Valley, New Jersey, ate salads at a Panera location in Mount Olive on March 22 and again on March 27. At some point unspecified in the lawsuit, Ms. Hall became sick to the point of requiring hospitalization. She remained in the hospital from March 29 to April 8 for treatment of an illness allegedly caused by the Panera salad. Ms. Hall’s lawsuit, filed July 13 in Superior ... Read More

E.coli tainted romaine lettuce sickens more people, kills one

The E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region has taken the life of one person and sickened an additional 23, bringing the total number of infections to 121 since the outbreak began in March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, infections have been reported in 25 states. A California resident who consumed the romaine lettuce and developed E.coli infection died. It is the first known fatality connected to the multistate E.coli outbreak. Fifty-two of those sickened were hospitalized and 14 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E.coli. The ... Read More

Romaine lettuce identified as source of multistate E.coli infections

Health officials have identified chopped romaine lettuce from the winter Yuma, Arizona growing region as the likely source of a multistate outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities began the investigation last month to identify what could have sickened 35 people in 11 states with Shinga toxin-producing E. coli. Those who became infected with the strain of E. coli became ill from March 22 to March 31. Ninety three percent of these patients interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce the week before their illness started. ... Read More

FDA, CDC investigating multistate E. coli outbreak

Reports of 17 E. coli infections from seven states across the country due to an as-yet undetermined source have prompted an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state health authorities. The illnesses occurred between March 22 and March 31, 2018, in the following states – Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. No specific food item has been identified a likely source of the infections at this time. Health authorities are working to determine what those who had been sickened had consumed before they fell ... Read More

Congresswoman Slams CDC Over ‘Slow’ Response To E. Coli Outbreak

U.S Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its “stunning lack of guidance” and “slow and insufficient response” to a deadly outbreak of E. coli that Canadian health authorities linked to contaminated romaine lettuce. Rep. DeLauro, who often champions food safety issues, sent her harsh rebuke to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, criticizing the agency’s lack of initiative in informing Americans about the E. coli outbreak. In the letter, Rep. DeLauro suggests the CDC’s delay could have cost U.S. consumers their life. “CDC’s stunning lack of guidance to consumers regarding this outbreak is ... Read More

Romaine Lettuce A Possible Suspect in Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Health authorities in the U.S. and Canada are working to identify the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened people in 13 states and several Canadian provinces. So far, romaine lettuce appears to be a possible culprit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak of the E. coli 0157:H7 strain there. In the U.S., state and local public health officials are interviewing people sickened on this side of the border to determine whether there is a correlation to Canada’s ... Read More

Study Finds E. Coli infections from Raw Flour Could Be Common

Uncooked flour likely causes more E. coli illnesses and outbreaks than health officials once presumed, according to a newly published study in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Our data show that although it is a low-moisture food, raw flour can be a vehicle for foodborne pathogens,” the researchers said in the Nov. 23 report Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Infections Associated with Flour. The researchers noted that certain behaviors in the kitchen such as licking a spoon used to stir cake batter or eating raw cookie dough have long been discouraged because of the risk of illnesses associated with the ... Read More