Health department officials in Hawaii are trying to track down the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened nine.
Four people – one adult and three kids – have been hospitalized. The three children also developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease that is associated with pathogenic E. [...]
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Inspectors will soon see a change in the way they note the source of samples taken during routine Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing.
The new measures apply to samples taken during STEC verification testing that then are added to the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Sources will be marked as either [...]
Food companies that sell raw, nonintact beef and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products soon will be required to hold the products until they test negative for adulterants.
The “hold and test” policy, published today by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), begins in 60 days. It also requires importers and “official establishments” to [...]
E. coli O157:H7, one of the most common illness-causing strains of E. coli, can survive in the soil of California’s Salinas Valley for about 30 days – roughly ten days more than it does in Imperial Valley, Calif. or Yuma, Ariz. Researchers attribute the longer lifespan to lower salinity in irrigation water [...]
Almost 2,000 Americans fell ill from foods related to recalls in the past year, despite the passage of legislation to make food safer, according to a report from the U.S. Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG).
Contaminated food – not just those linked to recalls – sickens approximately 48 million Americans annually and costs more than [...]
E. coli O157:H7 testing may soon be more risk-based, according to a notice posted in the Federal Register.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it is seeking comments on a redesign of its E. coli O157:H7 verification system to make it more risk-based while also allowing the agency to [...]
New findings suggest toxin-producing microbes in the gut could lead to cancer, according to research published in Science.
Mice with inflammatory bowel disease have more of these toxin-producing bacteria, which could lead to certain cancers. Humans with the same cancer also have been found to have these bacteria.
The bacteria at the [...]
Rates of infection from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have fallen slightly in the past five years, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.
In 2006, there were 590 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection caused by STEC. In 2011, the most recent available data, there were 463 infections, according to [...]
Three out of 110 samples tested positive for strains of E. coli since a new testing program took effect in June.
The samples were taken during routine testing and were tested for seven strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, or STECs, including E. coli O157:H7, and the non- O157 strains O26, O45, [...]