Category Archives: E.coli

USA – Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Renton linked to E. coli Outbreak

Food Poison Journal


Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (also known as STEC) associated with diarrhea and abdominal pain at Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Renton.

The investigation is ongoing. At this time, we have not identified how STEC was spread within the restaurant. This is not uncommon for STEC outbreaks, because the bacteria can spread through contaminated food items, environmental surfaces, and from person to person.


Since September 5, 2022, 3 people from 3 separate meal parties reported becoming ill after eating food from Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Renton on September 3, 2022 and September 7, 2022. All of the people developed one or more symptoms consistent with STEC, including diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting. We have not identified any ill employees.

USA – Michigan consumers warned of produce contaminated with human waste

Food Safety News

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising consumers not to eat any Kuntry Gardens produce or products containing produce from Kuntry Gardens of Homer, MI, because it may be contaminated with raw, untreated human waste.

All of the implicated products are expected to be labeled under the name Kuntry Gardens.

During a routine produce safety inspection, MDARD staff identified that Kuntry Gardens was using raw, untreated human waste on the fields where produce was grown for sale to local grocery stores and direct sale. The use of raw, untreated, human waste for growing commodities intended for human food is a violation of state and federal laws and regulations.

If not treated professionally, human waste and other body fluids can spread dangerous infectious diseases such as hepatitis A, Clostridium difficile, E. coli, rotavirus and norovirus.

The state health department has placed impacted product still on the farm under seizure and is working with the farm to oversee disposition and corrective action.

France – Chicken thigh- E.coli

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Model names or references purchased between Saturday September 24 and Wednesday September 28.
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch
    0201821000000 purchase between 09/24/2022 and 09/28/2022
  • Packaging BULK
  • Marketing start/end date From 09/24/2022 to 09/28/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark Leclerc Sainte-Eulalie
  • Further information sold in the Traditional Butchery section, non-contractual photo
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Department GIRONDE (33)
  • Distributors Leclerc Sainte-Eulalie

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Escherichia coli
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Escherichia coli

Research – Europe sees large drop in E. coli infections in 2020

Food Safety News

There was a big fall in the number of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections in Europe in 2020, according to recently published data.

In 2020, 4,824 confirmed STEC infections were reported. This is down from 8,339 in 2019. STEC infection is mainly acquired through consumption of contaminated food or water and contact with animals or their feces.

Data on STEC infections were reported by 29 countries. Notification is voluntary in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Spain or based on another type of system in Italy.

Germany with 1,409 and Ireland with 734 had the most infections, accounting for 44 percent of all cases. The highest country-specific notification rates were in Ireland, Malta, Denmark, and Norway.

Research -Microbial safety and sanitary quality of strawberry primary production in Belgium: risk factors for Salmonella and Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination

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Strawberries are an important fruit in Belgium both in production and consumption, but little
information is available about the presence of Salmonella  and STEC in these berries, the risk
factor in agricultural production and possible specific mitigation options. In 2012, a survey
was undertaken of three soil and three soilless cultivation systems in Belgium.
No Salmonella spp. was isolated. No STEC was detected in the strawberry samples (0 out of 72), but STEC
was detected by qPCR in 11 out of 78 irrigation water and 2 out of 24 substrate samples.
Culture isolates were obtained for 2 out of 11 qPCR positive irrigation water samples and 2
out of 2 substrate samples. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed elevated generic  E. coli
numbers (odds ratio (OR) for 1 log increase being 4.6) as the most important risk factor for STEC, together with the berry picking season (elevated risk in summer). Presence of generic  E. coli in the irrigation water (≥ 1 cfu per 100 ml) was mainly influenced by the type of irrigation water (collected rainfall water stored in ponds was more often contaminated than ground water pumped from boreholes (OR = 5.8)) and the lack of prior treatment (untreated water versus water subjected to sand filtration prior to use (OR = 19.2)). The follow-up study in 2013 at one of the producers indicated cattle as the most likely source of 
STEC contamination of the irrigation water.

RASFF Alerts – E.coli – Petit Pont L’eveque Cheese – Mussels


Petit Pont l’evêque – E. coli from France  in Belgium and Luxembourg


E. coli in bouchot mussels from France in China, Hong Kong and Macau

Research – Increase in food outbreaks by Escherichia coli. How to prevent them


In recent months, outbreaks caused by Escherichia coli have increased (Ireland, Scotland, etc.). Recently, in France, pizzas contaminated by this bacterium affected 56 people─ including 55 small children─ and caused two deaths.

This bacterium is naturally present in our digestive microflora. Although most strains of E. coli  are harmless to humans, others can cause infections or carry antibiotic resistance genes. Among the pathogenic strains, shigatoxigenic E. coli is responsible for serious infections in children and the elderly.

Ruminants, especially cattle, are healthy carriers of these bacteria. Therefore, the bacteria present in their excrement can contaminate animal products (meat and dairy) and the environment (soil and water). Contamination occurs, for example, in the meat slaughterhouse (through the remains or after the evisceration of the animals) or at the time of milking the milk of cattle, sheep or goats.

With regard to plants, this contamination can occur during the spreading of manure or livestock effluents on farmland, or during the use of contaminated irrigation water.

The main foods implicated in outbreaks of shigatoxigenic E. coli infections are undercooked minced beef, non-pasteurized dairy products (raw milk and raw milk cheeses), raw vegetables (salad, young shoots, sprouts), unpasteurized fruits or vegetables and contaminated drinking water .

Throughout the food chain, the management of this risk is based on the application of effective self-controls and the verification of the effectiveness of the measures implemented.

With regard to the consumer, the prevention of infections through food is based on the application of the following measures:

  • Wash hands with soap and water when leaving the toilet, before preparing and eating food, and after handling raw or non-raw food.
  • Wash and peel the vegetables, if possible; and also fruits and aromatic herbs, especially those that are eaten raw.
  • For sensitive populations (young children and the elderly), thoroughly cook ground meat and ground meat products (70°C), avoid consumption of raw milk and raw milk products (except for cooked pressed cheeses), and of raw or undercooked flour.

USA – Could the Wendy’s E. coli Outbreak have sickened over 2,600?

Food Poison Journal

According to the CDC, as of September 1, 2022, a total of 97 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from six states – Indiana 11, Kentucky 1, Michigan 58, New York 1, Ohio 24, and Pennsylvania 2.  It is expected, according to the NCBI database, that the actual numbers of ill will be 115 or more shortly.  Interestingly, according to the CDC, for E. coli O157:H7, there is an underreporting rate of 26.1 – meaning for everyone 1 person counted by the CDC another 26.1 were actually sickened.

France – Petit Pont l’Eveque AOP La Perelle 240g-E.coli

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name THE PEARL
  • Model names or references n / A
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3252950007678 200822LI3 Use-by date 03/11/2022
  • Marketing start/end date From 08/09/2022 to 20/09/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health markFR-14-371-001
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Grand Fresh, Fresh

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Potential presence of Escherichia coli
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Escherichia coli

Kenya – How Safe Is That Plate Of Meat You Consume?

Kenya News

A significant portion of beef, goat meat and other meat products sold in butcheries and eateries in Nakuru is contaminated with a toxic cocktail of bacteria, a new report by researchers based at Egerton University has revealed.

The study which evaluated microbiological safety of meat and ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products in urban and peri-urban parts of the county, indicates that the presence of Staphylococcus aureusEscherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) salmonella spp and Shigella bacteria is worrying and efforts have to be put in place to cut on their levels.

Staphylococcus aureus was the most isolated negative bacteria in 87 beef and goat meat and other meat products samples, with a prevalence of 100 per cent, followed by Shigella spp in 81 samples (93 percent).

Staphylococcus aureus is a pathogen known to cause bloodstream infections, pneumonia, bone and joint infections and soft tissue infections, while infection with some strains of Shigella spp can result in diarrhea (sometimes bloody), fever, and stomach cramps.

The report compiled by lead investigators Dr. Hillary Odeckh Indago, Prof. Joseph Wafula Matofari and Dr. John Masani Nduko further notes that all the 15 samples of water randomly collected from the butcheries and eateries tested positive for E. colisalmonella spp and Shigella bacteria.