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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued a nationwide alert about romaine lettuce. Due to a “multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce,”  the CDC is advising consumers to throw out any romaine lettuce they have purchased already and…

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The popular Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle has taken dramatic action due to a public health scare. Local and state health officials in Washington and Oregon are investigating an E. coli outbreak that is now being linked to the restaurant chain. According to a press release from the Washington Department of Health: “The restaurants under investigation…

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A 4-year-old  girl from Portland, Oregon, who tested positive for E. coli last week, died of a related infection on Sept. 8. The infection is known as hemolytic uremic syndrome and is caused by specific strains of E. coli. Serena Profitt and her 5-year-old friend, Brad Sutton, both became ill last week after a trip…

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BI-LO grocers have announced an immediate voluntary recall of Gold Star 93% Lean Ground Beef. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the recall was made after the company found that the product might be contaminated with E. coli. The recall is part of a larger ground beef recall issued by National Beef Packing…

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After a recent outbreak of hepatitis A from an organic frozen organic berry mix from Oregon-based, Townsend Farms sold at Cosco and Harris Teeter stores has sickened 61 people in seven states. The CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, the local state health departments and websites such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest collects…

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With the world reeling in alarm from the recent E. coli outbreak in northern Germany and Europe, one should ask what does this mean for me and my family. With 2,900 cases reported across Europe and a nearly two dozen deaths, one thing is certain: A similar outbreak could happen in the U.S. In fact,…

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