Spotting a Foodborne Illness

Earlier this month, health officials warned that shoppers at a Costco store in Lynwood, Washington had become sick after consuming the rotisserie chicken salad. In this blog we’ll dive into some of the details of foodborne illness and considerations for bringing a case after consuming a contaminated product. It seems like every month there is… Learn More »

Can Eating Raw Cookie Dough Cause Illness from E. Coli?

Who doesn't love to lick raw cookie dough off baking utensils? However, it may be time to start thinking twice about this favorite pastime after new research has found that the cause of a 2009 multi-state E. coli outbreak that causes 77 people in 30 states to become ill (and over 50% to be hospitalized)… Learn More »

What Should You Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Practicing good food safety habits is the best way to avoid foodborne illnesses. So with Thanksgiving now a pleasant memory, the question becomes – what to do with all the leftovers? Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic, advises eating refrigerated turkey within four days. Freeze leftovers you want to keep longer. She also… Learn More »

California Firm Announces Large Beef Recall Due to E. Coli Contamination

Yesterday, Commercial Meat Company, a Los Angeles, California firm, announced a recall of approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled beef products included bulk ground beef, ground beef patties, ground beef taco, and ground beef chili . The products subject to recall were produced between… Learn More »

USDA Announces New Policy to Safeguard Against E. Coli Food Contamination

Consistent with its more proactive approach to food safety announced last year stressing prevention rather than reaction, the U.S Department of Agriculture today announced new steps to protect the nation's food supply from E. Coli bacteria. Specifically, six additional strains of E. coli bacteria (O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 and O145) will be declared adulterants… Learn More »

Safety Tips to Protect Against Foodborne Illness at Tailgate Parties

With fall comes football, and with football comes tailgate parties. The United States Department of Agriculture recently published a list of safety guidelines to help participants in tailgate parties avoid foodborne illnesses: Keep hands clean: chefs and guests should wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food. If… Learn More »

Oregon Strawberries Traced to Deadly E. coli Outbreak

Oregon public health officials traced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to strawberries grown at Jaquith Strawberry Farm , a medium-sized strawberry producer in rural Washington County, Oregon. According to a news release from the Oregon Health Authority: E. coli is a common inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless. But E. coli… Learn More »

Oregon Firm Recalling Cheese Possibly Contaminated With E. Coli O157:H7

DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Oregon is recalling Mauri Brand Gorgonzola cheese sold at Costco's in Colorado because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7), which causes a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. The recalled cheese had sell-by dates of January 13, 2011, and January 14, 2011. State health… Learn More »

E. Coli Scare in Washington Athletic Club

A child who tested positive for E. Coli who had played at the Lake Shore Athletic Club caused the Clark County health department to close down the club for disinfection. Since the closure, no one else had tested positive for E. coli. But this could be because not all parents had tested their children. People… Learn More »

E. Coli Contamination Prompts Recall of Meat Sold in Oregon and Other States

On Friday, Modesto-based Valley Meat Co. moved to recall about a million pounds of beef patties and other ground beef products possibly contaminated with E. coli. The announcement came after seven people were sickened with the bacteria. The products were sold, mostly frozen, to distributors in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally. Consumers are encourage to… Learn More »