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coli Infections Traced to Contaminated Parsley
source from: http://www.ecoliblog.com/
a dozen people have become ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections in Oregon and Washington
in the last month. The illnesses have now been traced to contaminated parsley
consumed in at least two, and possibly more, restaurants. To date no recall has
of Marler Clark, the Seattle foodborne illness law firm, has been contacted by
individuals sickened in this current outbreak, and hundreds of individuals sickened
in other produce-related outbreaks in the past, including the recent E. coli O157:H7
outbreak tied to DOLE Lettuce.
the last few years, the United States has been hit hard by contaminated produce.
Just in the last years there has been a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to green onions,
a Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes and several E. coli outbreaks tied to
contaminated lettuce. The lesson is that all restaurants need to know where their
fresh produce is coming from, and be careful to make sure that their suppliers
are taking proper precautions to ensure the safety of the product,ˇ± said Marler.
ˇ°However, this is not the first time that Parsley specifically has been implicated
in a bacterial outbreak,ˇ± added Marler. In 1998, according to the CDC, hundreds
were sickened in California, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Canada after eating
contaminated parsley. more
Salmon may be contaminated with L. monocytogenes
By The Associated Press
Source of Article: http://www.dailysentinel.com/
following recall has been announced:
_About 3,672 pounds of smoked salmon,
sold by Golden Eagle Smoked Foods Inc., because the product may be contaminated
with the listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause serious illness or death.
No reports of illness have been received. The recalled product is sold in vacuum
packages of assorted weights and under the brand names Golden Eagle, Glen Eagle,
Fjord, Hickory House and Imperial. Each recalled package bears the batch code
21644 on the back label. Wholesalers and distributors sold the product in Florida,
Minnesota, New York, Georgia, California and Puerto Rico from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14.
For more information, call the company at 305-512-5900.
to adopt new E. coli test
by John Gregerson on 11/3/2005 for Meatingplace.com
The U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday it is
adopting DuPont Qualicon's BAX system to detect E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef.
said it intends to use the rapid test for initial screening of all raw beef samples
analyzed for E. coli. Any sample found positive must then undergo further confirmatory
analysis. The same system is currently in use by FSIS for the detection of salmonella
the highly sensitive test will substantially reduce the number of samples that
test positive, only to test negative later upon confirmatory testing. According
to the agency, the test will also reduce the number of days that raw product from
negative production lots must be held pending laboratory results. FSIS is optimistic
this will increase the number of processing establishments that choose to hold
product pending FSIS sampling results.
treats in public schools a thing of the past
November 2, 2005
The days of mom's homemade cupcakes, fresh-popped
popcorn and carefully cut sugar cookies are gone - at least in the classroom.
As fairies and goblins and camels and ninjas took a break from their books
Monday to celebrate Halloween, student desks across Poudre School District were
filled with store-bought treats in compliance with health department regulations.
PSD health services coordinator Ann Burkett was quoted as saying, "We
do it because we think we're better safe than sorry," referring to a districtwide
rule that bans homemade treats from the classroom in an effort to prevent food-borne
illness from spreading in schools.
The story says that the rule isn't new,
but because Halloween is the first major classroom celebration of the school year,
reminders have gone out to make sure every parent is aware.
in Monday's festivities at Johnson Elementary School, most parents said they don't
mind sticking to store-bought goodies.
of Salmonella infections associated with eating Roma tomatoes - United States
and Canada, 2004
November 1, 2005
Public Health Agency of Canada
Canada Communicable Diseases Report Volume 31-21
Three outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with eating Roma tomatoes
were detected in the United States and Canada in the summer of 2004. In one multistate
U.S. outbreak during 25 June to 19 July, multiple Salmonella serotypes were isolated,
and cases were associated with exposure to Roma tomatoes from multiple locations
of a chain delicatessen. Each of the other two outbreaks was characterized by
a single Salmonella serotype: Braenderup in one multistate outbreak and Javiana
in an outbreak in Canada. In the three outbreaks, 561 outbreak-related illnesses
from 18 states and one province in Canada were identified. This report describes
the subsequent investigations by public health and food safety agencies. Although
a single tomato-packing house in Florida was common to all three outbreaks, other
growers or packers also might have supplied contaminated Roma tomatoes that resulted
in some of the illnesses. Environmental investigations are continuing. Because
current knowledge of mechanisms of tomato contamination and methods of eradication
of Salmonella in fruit is inadequate to ensure produce safety, further research
should be a priority for the agricultural industry, food safety agencies, and
the public health community.
starting point remains a mystery
October 31, 2005
The Madison County Health Department, Missouri, was
cited as saying Monday that no one source was discovered for illnesses caused
by microscopic parasites that sickened dozens of people earlier this year.
nurse Carolyn Amelunke was cited as saying that between the first reports on Aug.
8 and the last on Sept. 14, the department received word of 57 cases of the illness,
and that despite work to determine where the illness began, no starting point
Amelunke was further cited as saying the Fredericktown municipal
swimming pool voluntarily shut down after the first cases were identified, and
that one of the first children with a confirmed case was at the pool, but several
of those infected with the parasite had not been there.
The majority of cases
were an illness called cryptosporidiosis, though there were two reports of giardiasis,
both caused by tiny parasites.
School superintendent Kelly Burlison was cited
as saying water fountains in the roughly 1,900 student district were turned back
on in mid-October and that they had been turned off since the start of the school
year to keep the illnesses from spreading, adding, "We're back to normal."
The story notes that the district is continuing to use a diluted bleach solution
to clean, and is emphasizing thorough hand washing with soap.
food safety panel delays end to U.S. beef ban
By MARI YAMAGUCHI,
Associated Press Writer
TOKYO -- A Japanese government panel on mad cow disease
delayed a decision Monday on whether to recommend easing a two-year-old ban on
U.S. beef imports, despite preparing a draft report concluding the risk from American
beef is very low. The panel had been widely expected to send the report to the
Food Safety Commission, setting in motion a process that could lead to the reopening
of Japan -- U.S. beef's most lucrative overseas market -- to the imports by the
end of the year. Japan bought about $1.5 billion worth of U.S. beef in 2003, making
it the most lucrative overseas market for American beef products. more
Coli Food Contamination of Beef a Threat World-Wide
3, 11:12 am ET Nymox NXC-4720 Product in Development for E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
Source of Article: http://biz.yahoo.com/
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J.--(BUSINESS
WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2005--Recent outbreaks of deadly E. coli O157:H7 contamination
have demonstrated the urgent need worldwide to control this dangerous food pathogen.
In France, 18 people, most of them young children, were reported seriously ill
from frozen ground beef contaminated with E. coli O157. In south Wales, cooked
meat products were blamed for the death of a five year old boy and the infection
of 161 people, many of them school children, with E. coli O157. In the U.S. E.
coli O157 contamination has led in the recall of over a million pounds of frozen
ground beef in the last three months. more
may have eaten mad cow: Offspring of infected Texas cow suspected of reaching
human food supply
November 2, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Researchers hunting the herd linked to the first U.S. case of mad
cow disease were cited as finding that most of the animals were slaughtered and
possibly in the human food supply even before the government probe began.
federal and state governments closed an investigation into the infected cow, which
was raised at an unidentified Texas ranch, at the end of August.
But the Dallas
Morning News obtained details about the search for the 413 cows and calves on
Tuesday under a Texas Open Records request. About 350 of them, or roughly 85 per
cent, were sent for slaughter.
The story says that the reports, compiled for
the Texas Animal Health Commission by a government employee, demonstrate how problematic
it was to track the herd mates and progeny of a diseased cow.
searches for feed records, as well as "animals of interest" went back
years. Many records were no longer available. The state wound up relying on its
own data taken in the county between 1990 and 1994 to get a snapshot of the herd.
Dr. Max Coats, deputy director for animal health programs at the Texas Animal
Health Commission, was quoted as saying, "If it were not for our brucellosis
information and database, we would have had extraordinary difficulty in conducting
this investigation. ˇ¦ We would have liked for the record keeping to have been
better. Some producers have flawless records. Others know they had 14 cows last
year and they don't know whose they were."
Because the record keeping
and identification process at the affected farm was lacking, inspectors had to
trace 213 calves in their hunt to find two that were recently born to the diseased
cow. They never were able to specifically identify the two calves, but did say
that 208 of those investigated went into feed and slaughter channels, entering
the food supply. Another four likely did. One calf was untraceable.
a professor of food safety law at the University of Texas Law School, was quoted
as saying, "If they're fairly confident that the group they identified as
the progeny was complete and if nearly all of them were slaughtered, chances are
the progeny was eaten by a human being."
Coats and Jim Rogers with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said
there should be no fear of mad cow entering the human food supply.
said that regulations keep any possibly diseased cow out of the system.
safety not limited to supermarket
October 31, 2005
Daily Star (Ontario)
Ashlea Hegedus-Viola writes that the article regarding
unpasteurized fruit juices or cider (Oct. 20 ), fails to mention the nutritious
benefits of these drinks when properly manufactured, and what has caused the hype
over pasteurization in recent years.
Because unpasteurized cider is not boiled,
it retains many of the nutrients of an apple. Unpasteurized cider should be made
from clean, fresh-picked apples. The legislation, however, does not enforce that
grounders or damaged apples are not used; rather, it is "a recommendation".
Local orchards and businesses involved in small-scale unpasteurized cider
production have suffered due to the few locations taking advantage of the lenient
laws and throwing bad apples into their cider.
People should be aware of where
their food is coming from, but that is why those "roadside stands, community
fairs, [and] farmers' markets" will often offer high quality products sold
to you directly from farmers and their families who produce them - not only for
you, but also for their own consumption.
Consumers worried about the possible
health risks of cider, or any other juices or foods, should take a walk down the
road and befriend a local farmer; safety doesn't always come in the form of a
coli alert issued
October 31, 2005
Capital News 9
NY - The State Health Department is issuing an E. coli alert after three people
in Saratoga County got sick.
Health officials said they've traced the problem
back to ground beef patties made by the Philly-Gourmet Meat Company with the product
The patties are sold in stores throughout New York State. The
product code can be found on the end panel of each box. Officials said if you
have a product with the code 2005A, you should either discard the product or bring
it back to the place of purchase. more
blamed for stomach bug
By Tony Gee
Raw oysters are thought to be linked to a sudden outbreak of a
highly infectious gastrointestinal illness in Northland that has so far left at
least 18 people sick. Public health authorities in the region expect more cases
to be notified to them this week as the illness spreads among family members and
people in the wider community. Northland medical officer of health Dr Jonathan
Jarman said the condition, known as shigellosis, is a bacterial infection which
causes watery diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Symptoms can worsen to include severe
stomach pains with blood and mucus in bowel motions.
Although not generally
life-threatening, the illness can be severe and very serious in children under
five and in the elderly. Dr Jarman said Northland usually got only two or three
shigellosis cases notified each year, so getting 18 cases notified since last
Tuesday "very much points to an outbreak".
Initial inquiries by
health protection staff suggested a link between the illness and oysters collected
from the Opua marina in the Bay of Islands. Signs have gone up at the marina warning
people not to take and eat shellfish from the area. Most shigellosis cases involve
adults in Paihia, Moerewa, Kawakawa, Kaikohe and Dargaville. Dr Jarman said people
with diarrhoea and abdominal pain should see their doctor if symptoms were severe
and the illness did not get better after one to two days, or if young children
or elderly people were affected.
business shuts in salmonella scare
Hobart food business linked to nine confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning has
been temporarily closed. The Health Department says the business was closed by
Hobart City Council and is cooperating fully with investigations. No new cases
of the infection are expected, but authorities say a 10th person who was not tested
is now being treated as a probable case. The Health Department says there is no
public health reason to identify the business. The senior medical adviser with
the department, Dr Avner Misrachi, does not anticipate any more notifications
of the infection.
He will not elaborate on exactly what foods caused the outbreak.
"A variety of food products have been identified and they have been sent
to a laboratory for testing and we will be waiting for those results," Dr
France records 15 cases of mad cow's
human form since 1996
Thu Nov 3,11:28 AM ET
Source of Article:
PARIS (AFP) - A total of 15 cases of the human form
of mad cow disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), have been recorded
in France since the malady first appeared in the country in 1996.
two have died, health officials said Thursday in an update of the situation and
the profiles of those who contracted the disease.
This year saw the greatest
number of deaths related to vCJD, with five deaths. Two died in 2004, three in
2003, and one person died in each of 2001, 2000 and 1996. Those infected comprised
six men and seven women, aged between 20 and 58, and none had any of the recognised
genetic or environmental factors linked to classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Like mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy ( BSE), vCJD causes
a wasting of the brain in the subject and death. It is untreatable.
in comparison, has so far recorded 157 cases of vCJD, of whom six are still alive.
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cows act as biofilters for perchlorate
of Article: http://www.ift.org
cows may metabolize over 80% of ingested perchlorate in their digestive system,
reducing the amount of this chemical that can be transferred to milk. Public concern
about the environmental presence of perchlorate, a naturally occurring and industrially
used compound, has increased in recent years. Perchlorate is potentially dangerous
because it competes for iodine uptake in the thyroid gland and may subsequently
reduce thyroid hormone levels, which are necessary for growth and development.
Lactating mammary glands can also take up iodine, raising concerns that ingested
perchlorate might be transferred to milk. Anthony Capuco and colleagues evaluated
the effects of perchlorate on the health and milk of 16 dairy cows. The researchers
infused perchlorate into the cows' digestive tracts and found that while perchlorate
levels increased slightly in the milk (and urine, feces, and blood) as its administration
increased, the rise was not linear. At the highest infusion level (40 mg/d), perchlorate
output was only 17% of total input, which the researchers believe is due to perchlorate
being metabolized to chloride in the bovine rumen. Extra perchlorate did not accumulate
in animal tissue, and no reduction in thyroid hormones or other negative health
effects were observed.