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Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– 60 illnesses in 10 states linked to the outbreak; 37 ill in Missouri
– Outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce; many ill individuals consumed the lettuce at Schnucks grocery store outlets in the St. Louis area
– Fresh produce is not cooked, so any poop that comes in contact with it from farm-to-fork can be passed to diners.

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– 5 confirmed cases (including 2 hospitalizations), 11 suspected; linked to Killeen, TX Jason’s Deli location
– The Bell County Health Department figures the source of the illnesses was guacamole, probably due to cross-contamination in the kitchen.
– Clean and sanitize all surfaces (cutting boards, counters) between raw and ready-to-eat food preparation.

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– Authorities in Germany recommend to avoid eating sprouts, raw lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers in that country.
-However, the specific contaminated item remains unknown- the above foods are often eaten together, making the investigation difficult.
-As fresh produce is not usually cooked, contamination may have occurred at the farm, at the restaurant or anywhere in between.
-Raw produce has been linked to over 400 outbreaks of foodborne illness since 1990.

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Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– E. coli O157:H7 is found in the intestines and poop of ruminants and other mammals.
–  It is unclear exactly whether the source of E. coli O157:H7 was a food, beverage or food handler.
– The victim fell ill along with at least 10 of the 24 family members who attended a Thanksgiving gathering.

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Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– Juices have been linked to outbreaks in the past.
– Food handlers should be careful not to contaminate ready-to-eat or drink products.
– Wash and dry hands using soap, potable water and paper towels prior to handling foods.
– When storing food in coolers or fridges, keep ready-to-consume products covered and above items like raw meat that might drip.

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Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– Clusters of E. coli O145 illnesses in the North East and Midwest 60 ill in Michigan, New York and Ohio.
– Freshway Foods of Sydney, Ohio is voluntarily recalling products containing romaine lettuce with a use by date of May 12 or earlier because they may be contaminated with E. coli O145.
– The products were sold under the Freshway brand and Imperial Sysco brand.

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Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– Source of outbreak is still unknown; hygiene, cross-contamination and food all potential factors
– 4-year-old Ronan Wilson’s symptoms  included vomit and feces red with blood, lungs filling with liquid and brain swelling
– 13 cases of E. coli O157:H7 were confirmed with some individuals showing no symptoms
– Practice good hygiene, especially food handlers who also care for children (including handwashing after handling diapers).

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– Ground beef has been linked to at least 16 outbreaks since 2007.
– In 2009, this pathogen led to the recall of beef from nearly 3,000 grocers in 41 states.
– Cook all ground beef to 155°F for 15 seconds or 160°F for an instant kill.
– Clean and sanitize all surfaces (cutting boards, counters) where ground beef items were prepared.

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– 67 ill in UK outbreak linked to Godstone Farm in Surry; 13 ill in outbreak linked to the Pacific National Exhibition.
– Handwashing can reduce the risk of E. coli O157, but signs and sinks do not make people wash their hands.
– Be diligent in promoting the importance of handwashing with patrons and staff and compel folks with creative messages.

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Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– 235 cases of E. coli O157:H7 were linked to a Harvey’s restaurant in North Bay, Ontario, Canada in October 2008
– Health authorities point to Spanish red onions as most likley source of the outbreak
– Poor sanitation of onion dicer may have prolonged the outbreak
– Equipment should be fully disassembled to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of hard to reach areas


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