Two Chipotle Outbreaks Are Over

On February 1, 2016, the CDC announced that two of the outbreaks associated with Chipotle restaurants are over. The first outbreak of E. coli sickened a total of 55 people. Eleven states were affected by the outbreak, including California with 3 cases, Delaware with 1 case, Illinois with 1 case, Kentucky with 1 case, Maryland… Read more »

Raw Milk Recalled, Linked to E. coli Outbreak

Organic Pastures Dairy Co. has issued a voluntary recall for organic raw milk after it was revealed that it may be contaminated with E. coli. The recalled milk was distributed to retail locations across California. There are two different lots of Organic Pastures whole, raw milk being recalled. The first is lot 20160105-1, which has… Read more »

Beef Recalled After E. coli Found

On January 20, 2016, Snapp’s Ferry Packing Company issued a recall for about 410 pounds of beef products after concerns arose that it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The Afton, Tennessee company produced the beef on November 20, 2015. The establishment number “Est. 9085” can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection…. Read more »

Chipotle Outbreak Updated and Expanded

On December 21, 2015, the CDC once again updated the outbreak associated with Chipotle restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. One additional case of illness was reported in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 53 cases. There have been 9 states affected with this outbreak, including California with 3 cases, Illinois with 1 case, Maryland with 1 case,… Read more »

The Costco E. coli Outbreak is Over

  On December 22, 2015, the CDC announced that the E. coli outbreak associated with Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad has ended. The final case count rests at 19, with 5 of those cases requiring hospitalization. These cases were spread over 7 states, including California with 1 case, Colorado with 4 cases, Missouri with 1 case,… Read more »

Costco Outbreak Source May Not Be Celery and Onions

As part of the investigation into the outbreak involving Costco’s rotisserie chicken, the Montana Public Health Laboratory ran tests on the contaminated product. Their samples were taken from the celery and onion mix produced by Taylor Farms, which was believed to be the source of the outbreak. However, health officials were unable to confirm that… Read more »

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Reaches 50 Sick

The CDC updated the E. coli outbreak associated with Chipotle again on December 4. There are now a total of 52 people sick after eating at Chipotle’s in 9 states. States affected by the outbreak include California with 3 cases, Illinois with 1 case, Maryland with 1 case, Minnesota with 2 cases, New York with… Read more »

Norovirus Outbreak at Boston College

The Massachusetts Department of Health has announced that there has been as foodborne illness outbreak at Boston College. At least 120 students have been sickened by norovirus. Early reports indicated that the pathogen responsible for the outbreak was E. coli O26, but subsequent testing revealed that it was actually norovirus. This outbreak has been linked… Read more »

Bacteria Showing Resistance “Last Resort” Antibiotics

In November, a study based in China discovered that bacteria have started to become resistant to our “last resort” antibiotics. Antibiotics work by disrupting the systems of a bacteria, which kills the bacteria or prevents its reproduction in the process. Due to natural selection, random mutations over time can give bacteria a natural resistance to… Read more »

E. Coli in Costco Outbreak Linked to Taylor Farms

On November 26, 2015, Taylor Farms issued a recall of their celery and onion mixtures after concerns were raised that the mixtures were contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The Tracy, California company’s products were linked to the outbreak of E. coli caused by Costco chicken salad. A total of 71 products were recalled. A full… Read more »