The latest on the big E. coli outbreak

It’s now safe to eat some romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says after last week’s recall of the product due to potential contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

As the investigation has continued, the FDA has found that the contaminated romaine comes from parts of California that grow romaine over the summer […]

FDA identifies potential source for major E. coli outbreak

Earlier this year, an outbreak of E. coli attributed to romaine lettuce rocked parts of North America. Over 210 people got sick, five of them losing their lives. And even though investigators were able to find the source, it proved tricky to figure out how the lettuce became contaminated in the first place.

Now, after […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

Bill Gates is working with geneticists to create the ‘perfect cow’ — Futurism Tweaking genes could be one way of increasing the hardiness of livestock breeds. Bill Gates, Microsoft philanthropist, donated $40 million toward research […]

Romaine lettuce investigated in E. coli outbreak

You may be seeing romaine lettuce in the news a lot lately, the suspected culprit in a foodborne illness outbreak that has affected at least 57 people in the U.S. and Canada. But despite the headlines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s too soon to pinpoint a single cause.

Even […]

Germany faces largest E. coli outbreak since 2011

Since December, Germany has been up against its largest E. coli O157 outbreak in years. At least 30 people have become sick, resulting in the loss of one life.

The culprit? It’s believed to be ground or minced meat being sold at multiple stores within the country.

“Based on the investigations to date, we suspect […]

As prepared meal options increase at supermarkets, so have food safety issues

From premade pizzas to taco bars and sushi counters, supermarkets are starting to look a lot more like takeout restaurants. Data shows, however, that as these prepared meal offerings have increased, so have new food safety issues that some chains are struggling to manage.

For example, one popular grocer who has been seen as a […]

Genome sequencing links recalled flour to E. coli outbreak

E. coli bacteria

Several weeks after a massive flour recall due to E. coli contamination, health officials are reporting they have found the “smoking gun” in the investigation, matching E. coli O121 from a sample of flour recovered from a sick person’s home to the outbreak strain that has sickened at least 38 people […]