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June 25, 2010: Summary Of Reported E. Coli Outbreaks For 2010

Following, is a brief recap of reported US E. coli outbreaks that occurred during the first half of 2010. The best way to stay healthy is to stay informed.

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Romaine Lettuce E. coli O145 Outbreak – Freshway Foods:
As of May 20,  a total of 26 confirmed and 7 probable E. coli illnesses have been linked to an outbreak of E. coli O145. These cases occurred in 5 states (MI, NY, OH, PA, and TN). Among the confirmed and probable cases with reported dates available, illnesses began between April 10 and April 26. The link between the E. coli outbreak and Freshway shredded romaine lettuce was established after NY State health officials detected the outbreak E. coli O145 strain in an unopened bag of Freshway romaine lettuce.  The contaminated lettuce is believed to have come from a farm located in Yuma, Arizona. On May 6, Freshway Foods issued a recall for its shredded romaine lettuce products with a use by date of May 12 or earlier because of possible E. coli O145 contamination.

E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Raw Milk from Minnesota Farm:
According to a Minnesota Department of Health News Release, dated June 11, 2010, a total of eight E. coli O157:H7 illnesses have been linked to the Hartmann Dairy Farm located in Gibbon, Minnesota.   The news release stated: “Since May 26, including the new cases, a total of eight E. coli O157:H7 cases in seven different homes have been linked to products from the Hartmann Dairy Farm. Two of the newly identified cases occurred in school-aged children who consumed milk from the Hartmann Dairy Farm. Both cases had E. coli O157:H7 with the same DNA fingerprint as five earlier cases associated with dairy products from the Hartmann farm. The other newly reported case occurred in an infant living in the same household as one of the earlier five cases. The infant had a confirmed case of E. coli O157:H7, but no stool sample was available for genetic fingerprinting in the MDH lab.”

Tragic E. coli Outbreak at Washington Day Care Center:
Sadly, a 4-year old boy passed away and 3 other children were hospitalized as the result of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at a Washington state day care facility. A laboratory reported the first case to health officials on March 19, after a stool sample tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. On March 26, health officials inspected the day care facility after another illness was reported. On March 30, health officials collected stool samples from 22 children and 4 adults. After 7 of these tested positive for the E. coli outbreak strain, the facility was finally closed on April 2.
 

Drinking Water At Missouri Sports Complex:
An E. coli outbreak, which sickened 14 people since April 28, was linked to the drinking water at Class Act Sports Complex in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

Hawaii Restaurant, Peppa’s Korean BBQ:
On April 1, Hawaii health officials shut down Peppa’s Korean Barbeque, following an investigation into a possible outbreak of E. coli food poisoning, which left 7 people ill, 4 of whom were hospitalized.

FDA Advisory  - Cookie Dough:
On January 19, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer advisory, which urged consumers not to eat “any raw dough for cookies or other raw dough products before the dough is properly cooked”. This was in follow-up of the 2009 E. coli outbreak linked to Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough.
 

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To learn about recent food poisoning outbreaks and recalls involving the foodborne pathogen Salmonella, please see Illinois Subway Salmonella Outbreak, Salmonella Alfalfa Sprouts, and Marie Callender Salmonella Recall.
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April 11, 2013: 24 Individuals Sickened With E.coli From Frozen Food Products
Over the past two weeks, Rich Products from Buffalo, NY has issued two recalls.  The First was precautionary, but the second came after there were 24 individuals sickened from 15 states. 

March 21, 2013: High Protein Chocolate Bars May Be Contaminated with Salmonella
On March 18th, Pro-Amino International Inc., of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada issued a recall of their ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bars due to a threat of salmonella contamination.

February 7, 2013: GoldCoast Recalls Blue Crab Spread Due To Listeria Contamination
On February 6th GoldCoast Salads, based in Naples, Florida placed a recall of their Blue Crab Spread because of testing positive for the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes. 

January 31, 2013: Back To Back Recalls From Whole Foods Infected Salmon
On January 29th, Whole Foods Market placed their second recall in less than a week on Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon due to a contamination from Listeria monocytogenes.   

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