7-year-old sickened with E. coli

A Rochester, Minn. family is asking for support as their young daughter battles an E. coli infection and a potentially life-threatening complication.

charlotte-vossAccording to a Gofundme page, Charlotte Voss contracted the O157-H7 strain of E. coli while visiting her grandmother in Nebraska earlier this month. Charlotte was first treated at a clinic in Nebraska before being transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She was admitted to Mayo’s Eugenio Litta’s Children’s Hospital July 23.

Charlotte’s condition continued to worsen and she developed HUS, a very serious and potentially life-threatening complication known as Hemolytic uremic syndrome. According to Mayo Clinic, it affects only 5%-10% of those who are diagnosed with STEC infection. HUS is “a condition that results from the abnormal premature destruction of red blood cells. Once this process begins, the damaged red blood cells start to clog the filtering system in the kidneys, which may eventually cause the life-threatening kidney failure associated with hemolytic uremic syndrome.”

‘I recognize long-haired employee’ Winnipeg delivery of pig carcasses sparks provincial investigation

CBC News reports that Manitoba health authorities are investigating after photos of pig carcasses which appear to have been improperly handled during deliveries to two Winnipeg businesses surfaced on social media.

pigs-two“The first thing that popped out from the pictures in my mind was that the meat, the quarter and half sections of pork, had been thrown on the floor of the truck,” said Rick Holley, a University of Manitoba food safety expert. “You can see there are some non-meat items which are also on the floor of the truck.”

The photos were posted to a public Facebook page and obtained by CBC news. They show two trucks delivering half and quarter pork carcasses to businesses at 303 King Street in Chinatown.

The owner of a butcher shop in the building declined an interview, but told CBC News he recognized the long-haired employee in the photos and said he works for one of their suppliers, a Portage la Prairie abattoir.

Cyclospora: Mexican cilantro contamination spurs partial U.S. import ban

I try to grow my own cilantro, but the birds and cats and skinks find it yummy.

So there’s not much left.

cilantro.slugs.powell.10And this is why I’m not a farmer.

As the Cyclospora count in Texas reached 203, some Mexican cilantro is being banned in the U.S. after health officials found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields from which herbs have been linked to hundreds of intestinal illnesses among Americans dating back to 2012.d

The Food and Drug Administration will detain Mexican cilantro at the border from April to August and won’t allow products from the state of Puebla, Mexico, into the U.S. without inspections and certification, according to an import ban dated Monday by the agency. Cilantro from other parts of Mexico will need documentation to prove the product isn’t from Puebla, about a two-hour drive southeast of Mexico City.

The cilantro is linked to outbreaks of cyclosporiasis, according to the alert. Last year, at

Since 2013, the FDA and Mexican authorities have inspected 11 farms and packing houses that produce cilantro from Puebla. At eight, health officials found bathrooms without soap, toilet paper or running water, in addition to the human feces and toilet paper in growing fields. Some had a complete lack of toilet facilities.

“Based on those joint investigations, FDA considers that the most likely routes of contamination of fresh cilantro are contact with the parasite shed from the intestinal tract of humans affecting the growing fields, harvesting, processing or packing activities or contamination with the parasite through contaminated irrigation water, contaminated crop protectant sprays, or contaminated wash waters,” the alert said.

A 2013 cyclosporiasis outbreak in 25 states was linked to Puebla cilantro as well as salad mix from Taylor Farms de Mexico that was sold to Olive Garden and Red Lobster, both then owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. The FDA and Mexican officials found conditions at Taylor Farms de Mexico in Guanajuato met food safety protocols, the FDA said.

Careful with that menu it may have E. coli, but is maybe a risk?

The objectives of this study were to detect bacteria on restaurant menus, to determine the bacterial transfer from menus to consumers’ hands and to determine the survival of bacteria on menu surfaces.

everyday-objects-that-are-dirtier-than-your-toilet-7Local restaurant menus were sampled at different periods of operation. The average total plate count (TPC) was 28 (0–210) cfu/15 cm2 menu sampling area during “busy” periods and 15 (0–85) cfu/15 cm2 menu sampling area during “less busy” periods. The staphylococcal count averaged 6 (0–83) cfu/15 cm2 during busy periods and 2 (0–25) cfu/15 cm2 menu sampling area during less busy periods. Escherichia coli was transferred to menus at 11.17% of the hand population with a high variability between subjects (10.45% standard deviation). Survival of bacteria in menus was 1.40% after 24 h and 1.34% after 48 h, respectively.

Bacterial populations found on randomly sampled menus were low; however, bacteria survived and were transferred from menus to a consumer’s hands.

 Recovery, survival and transfer of bacteria on restaurant menus

Journal of Food Safety. 2015. doi: 10.1111/jfs.12212

Ibtehal Alsallaiy, Paul Dawson, Inyee Han and Rose Martinez-Dawson


Botulism in canned tomatoes in Russia

Botulinum toxin F was found in industrially canned tomatoes linked to a case of botulism. It was registered in the republic of Mariy El, the branch of Rospotrebnadzor reported (Federal agency for protection of consumer rights and human wellbeing).

PomidorkaThe man had eaten tomatoes “Pomidorka” produced by LLC “Agro-Invest” (Kabardino-Balkaria) series 055N 5 N from 17/09/14. The staff of the Rospotrebnadzor have withdrawn this product from the store “Pyaterochka.”

100 sick: Spaghetti linked to Salmonella poisoning in Czech Republic

At least 100 people in and around Plzeň came down with symptoms of salmonella poisoning after eating spaghetti carbonara made by a catering company called Zrtas, according to media reports.

FNM_120109-W-N-Dinners-036_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscapeSome 50 people have been hospitalized and a similar number is being treated for food poisoning on an outpatient basis.

The spaghetti meals suspected of causing the illness were prepared Friday, July 24, and delivered in paper and foil cartons in and around the Plzeň area. Since the shelf life is listed as five days, more of the meals still may be available.

The company linked to the outbreak made 140 meals of spaghetti with Parmesan cheese, bacon and eggs and delivered them to multiple companies and institutions. The exact ingredient at the root of the outbreak has not been determined, but salmonella is often linked to eggs.

Fancy food ain’t safe food, Pakistan edition

The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) raided two five-star hotels in Lahore the other day, as part of its campaign against adulterated food, poor cleanliness and hygiene parameters.

Taipan___Pearl_ContinentalA team headed by PFA Director Ayesha Mumtaz reached the hotels on The Mall and imposed Rs75,000 fine on each of them.

The team first reached the Pearl Continental Hotel and inspected its restaurants’ kitchens. During inspection, the officials found faulty drainage system, storage of leftover meal and a lack of employees/workers’ hand-washing arrangements there.

It also visited the bakery section and found food items of various brands labeled as hotel’s own products, without date of manufacturing and expiry.

The team also inspected the Avari Hotel on The Mall and found inappropriate cleanliness arrangement. It also found disorder in storing/freezing of various food items in the chillers and use of drums at the hotel’s bakery section.

At the kitchen of the hotel’s restaurant a la Carte, the team observed poor cleanliness arrangement and storing of leftover meal.


Jamie Oliver the food safety gift that keeps on giving

Jamie Oliver is facing the worst Kitchen Nightmare in his life.

PAY-jamie-oliver-maggots-mainA 48-year-old man, who refused to be named was eating with a friend at Jamie’s Italian branch in Norwich on Wednesday. But when they were halfway through finishing their sumptuous meal, the gross thing started to happen, insects were starting to fall out from the ceiling.

The diner explains, at 3 AM “We got a table by the window and the food was nice but when we were halfway through the meal, maggots started falling on my head.”

While he presume that it’s just insects falling from the roof, he just brushed it off from his head. 

But as the so called insects starting to fall on the table, he realized the shocking truth.

“But then others fell onto the table. It was gross and we were shocked.”

In a statement released by the spokesperson for the restaurant.

“Earlier this week a single, isolated pest control incident occurred at our Norwich restaurant.

“The incident in question was dealt with immediately and is being fully investigated. At no point was the customer’s food affected and there appears to be no evidence of a wider problem.”

“All of our restaurants operate to a very high level of food safety and Jamie’s Italian Norwich retains a 5 star Food Hygiene Rating (the highest) from the local Environmental Health Office.”


Mycobacterium marinum cluster linked to handling shrimp in Canada

Health officials with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) continues their investigation into a cluster of six cases of an unusual skin infection that appears to be associated with handling raw shrimp in the Campbellford area.

aquaculture-shrimp-matters-shutterstock_87364793Preliminary lab reports suggest the infections are caused by the slow growing bacterium, Mycobacterium marinum.

The HKPR District Health Unit has investigated five of six cases of the infection with people from the Campbellford area, and all seem to be associated with handling shrimp grown at a local shrimp farm.

Health officials did not name the shrimp farm in question.

Students in Philippines food poisoning incident released from hospital

Some of the students downed by a food poisoning incident in Calamba, Laguna on Friday have been discharged from the hospital, “News TV Live” reported Saturday.

cupckakesAt least 400 pupils from Real Elementary School on Friday fell ill after eating cupcakes and ice candy served after a story-telling activity.

The event was organized by the Haribon Foundation and sponsored by AMS Electronic Corporation, which also provided the food given to the students.

After eating the snacks, the victims experienced dizziness, stomach ache, and were vomiting.

Samples of the cupcakes and ice candy have already been sent to the Food and Drug Administration for toxicology testing.