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Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Gets Worse

Now people in 6 states have been affected

(Newser) - An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now infected people in six states. New cases have been reported in California, New York, and Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The first cases... More »

Chipotle Closes Restaurants After E. Coli Outbreak

At least 22 people have been sickened in Oregon and Washington

(Newser) - Chipotle has closed more than 40 restaurants in Washington and Oregon after at least 22 people became sick from E. coli after eating there, the AP reports. The Oregon Health Authority announced Saturday that three people got sick in the Portland area and at least 19 people were sickened in... More »

Don't Wash Your Spinach? You May Not Want to Read This

Even if you do wash, bad news for you

(Newser) - If you don't wash the pre-washed spinach you buy from the store, you may want to stop reading. Actually, even if you do wash your spinach, you still may want to stop here. According to new findings by food safety researchers out of the University of California, Riverside , bacteria... More »

Think Septic Tanks Keep Poo Out of Our Water? Er, No

The largest watershed study of its kind to date looks for, and finds, lots of poop

(Newser) - In the largest watershed study of its kind, Michigan State University researchers have sampled 64 river systems in the state for E. coli and the human fecal bacteria B-theta and found that, in a nutshell, septic tanks aren't working. At least not as well as experts thought. The researchers... More »

11-Month-Old With 'Super' E. Coli Faces Huge Battle

Little Oakleigh Nance has a GoFundMe page asking for help

(Newser) - An Oklahoma girl diagnosed with "super" E. coli is facing a life-or-death battle—and worse, she's only 11 months old. "With this strain of E. coli, it can get in her brain, it can get in her spinal cord, basically cause her to go into cardiac arrest,... More »

Bottled Water Recalled Over Fears of ... E. Coli

14 brands affected by problem at Pa. supplier

(Newser) - Fourteen brands of spring water have three things in common: They're bottled by the same company, they come from the same source, and they're potentially contaminated with E. coli. A voluntary recall notice has been issued for Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-Eleven, Niagara, Nature's Place,... More »

No. 1 Source of Salmonella Cases: Not Meat

In fact, seeded veggies are the worst culprit, feds find

(Newser) - Salmonella might be an illness you think about when you're tempted to eat cookie dough ; it's probably not something that worries you when picking out zucchini. But in fact, seeded vegetables were the top source of salmonella illnesses in a federal food study that focused on the years... More »

Boy, 5, Sick With E. Coli After Friend, 4, Dies

Authorities in Oregon trying to figure out source of illness

(Newser) - A 4-year-old girl in Oregon has died after being stricken with E. coli, and her 5-year-old friend remains hospitalized, reports Q13 Fox . Authorities are awaiting lab results that might help determine how Serena Faith Profitt of Otis got sick, though they say they may never zero in on the exact... More »

Portland's City Water Tests Positive for E. Coli

Residents told to boil it until further notice

(Newser) - Residents of Portland got some more not-so-great news today about their water: The city wants everybody to boil it for the time being because three separate E. coli tests came up positive, reports the Oregonian . The advisory affects 670,000 people, though a city official called the risk "relatively... More »

How Border Collies Ward Off E. Coli

Researchers train them to keep gulls off beaches

(Newser) - A new defense against the nastiness of an E. coli infection during summer has four legs and a wagging tail. Researchers at Central Michigan University trained border collies to keep seagulls away from Lake Michigan beaches, a feat that in turn reduced the amount of infected droppings from the birds,... More »

CDC to Wisconsin: Please Avoid 'Cannibal Sandwiches'

Last holiday season, the raw-meat snacks were linked to 17 possible E. coli cases

(Newser) - "Cannibal sandwiches," an appetizer featuring raw, lean ground beef served on cocktail bread, may be a Wisconsin tradition, but they are not safe, health officials said, noting that more than a dozen people became ill after consuming them last holiday season. Health officials confirmed four cases tied to... More »

90 Tons of Salad Recalled

Trader Joe's affected after 26 people sickened with E. coli

(Newser) - More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. coli linked to its products, federal health officials said yesterday. Glass Onion Catering is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds... More »

Donor Breast Milk Rife With Nasty Bugs

Alarming number of samples contain bacteria, viruses: study

(Newser) - With the rise of sharing breast milk, a disturbing new study finds that 72% of samples bought online contained bacteria that could cause infections and 21% contained viruses. In 74% of the 101 samples purchased anonymously from two popular websites, the total bacteria count was significantly higher than the level... More »

This Steak May Have Fecal Matter Inside

Mechanical tenderization is a big problem, investigation finds

(Newser) - The next time you order your steak medium rare, consider this: More than 90% of beef producers use a process called mechanical tenderization, which can push bacteria including E. coli deep inside the meat. Typically such bacteria only live on the surface of meat, which is why it's theoretically... More »

Study Finds 48% of Chicken Could Be Tainted by Poop

But the strain of E. coli found won't make you sick, say experts

(Newser) - There's a pretty good chance your chicken has been contaminated by poop. Some 120 chickens bought from grocery stores in 10 major cities were tested in a new study, which found that 48% were contaminated by E. coli, an indicator of fecal contamination, the New York Times reports. "... More »

Pink Slime a Symptom of a Darker Disease

Mark Bittman reminds us that there's far worse stuff in our meat

(Newser) - Public outcry appears to have essentially killed "pink slime" (or as its producers would prefer you refer to it, "Lean Finely Textured Beef"), and Mark Bittman can't help but find that encouraging—and a little ironic. "The stuff is gross, for sure, but it’s... More »

You Don't Want to Know What's on Your Cellphone

There's a good chance it's fecal matter: study

(Newser) - If you’re reading this on your smartphone, you might want to go wash your hands now: A new study out of London finds that one out of six cellphones has fecal matter on it. UK researchers swabbed 390 mobile phones and the British hands that used them, and found... More »

Latest Culprit in E. coli Crisis: Egyptian Seeds

And contaminated ones may still be out there: officials

(Newser) - A new culprit has emerged in the deadliest E. coli outbreak in recorded history: Egyptian fenugreek seeds. Experts had already tracked the crisis to sprouts ; now, “tracing back is progressing and has thus far shown that fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt either in 2009 and/or 2010 are implicated” in... More »

Russia to End Ban on Dutch, Belgian Veggies

Russia lifts part of 'disproportionate' vegetable ban

(Newser) - Russia is ending a blanket ban on vegetable imports from the European Union put in place over fears of E. coli infection, starting with the Netherlands and Belgium, the nation's top consumer rights watchdog said today. Shipments were allowed to resume today following a 26-day ban intended to prevent... More »

Deadly E. Coli Resurfaces in France

Researchers trace sprout seeds to British company

(Newser) - A deadly strain of E. coli that killed 46 people in Germany appears to have resurfaced in France just at a time when hordes of Americans are heading overseas for vacation. The bacteria has landed eight people in Bordeaux hospitals as health officials scramble to locate the source of the... More »

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