Category Archives: STEC

USA – Outbreak Investigation of E. coli Linked to Ground Bison from Northfork Bison Distributions, July 2019

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September 13, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners in the U.S., and with the support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), investigated a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 and E. coli O103 illnesses likely linked to ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. of Saint-Leonard, Québec, Canada.

On September 13, 2019, CDC announced that the outbreak appears to be over.

During the investigation, FDA and CDC analyzed traceback and epidemiological information to determine that ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. was the likely cause of the illnesses. FDA laboratory analysis of bison patties packed by the firm on February 26th, 2019, confirmed the presence of one of the outbreak strains of E. coli.

Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. was forthcoming with information to aid in the investigation, and publicly announced a voluntary recall on July 16, 2019. This recall included ground bison meat and bison patties produced between February 22 and April 30, 2019.

FDA regulates bison meat because the authority is not assigned specifically to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA).

Recommendation

Because the product is frozen and may still be in freezers, distributors, retailers and restaurants should not distribute, use or serve ground bison (including bison burgers) recalled by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc.

Consumers should not eat products prepared using recalled ground bison (including bison burgers) sold under the Northfork Bison label including bison burgers sold to retailers in 4 x 4-ounce packages with expiration dates through October 8, 2020.

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RASFF Alerts – STEC E.coli – Frozen Beef

Last two weeks catch up

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RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+ /25g) in frozen boneless beef topside from Brazil in the Netherlands

RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli ( stx2+ eae-; stx2+ eae+ present /25g) in frozen beef from Uruguay in Finland

Denmark – ‘No outbreak’: Danish medic after two children die from E. Coli STEC/VTEC complications

The Local

Two children – one on the island of Funen and another in the Copenhagen area – died due to a rare complication related to VTEC, a strain of the E. Coli bacteria.

Both children died of kidney failure, but the two tragic cases are not connected. A third child also contracted kidney failure but survived, DPSA said.

A consultant doctor and head of department at Copenhagen infectious disease research institute SSI stressed that the cases were not evidence of an outbreak and that the number of cases was not improbable.

“At this time, we have knowledge of three cases of kidney failure from August to September. That is not more than we would expect at this time of year. Fortunately there is nothing to suggest they are connected,” Tyra Grove Krause said.

 

France – E. Coli Bacteria: Chaource Lincet and Gaugry Raw Milk Cheeses Recalled – STEC E.coli O111:H8

Teller Report

A few hundred Chaource raw milk cheese brands Lincet and Gaugry, sold throughout France, are subject to a recall procedure after the demonstration of the presence of Escherichia coli. A check has highlighted in these products, manufactured by the Lincet cheese factory in Vaudes in the Aube, the presence of Escherichia coli O111: H8, indicates the cheese Friday in a statement.

RASFF Alert -STEC E.coli – Chilled Beef

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RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+, stx2+,) in chilled beef from Argentina in Italy

Summary of the last two weeks RASFF Alerts – STEC E.coli – Frozen Minced Meat – Chilled Beef

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RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (O157:H7, O26:H11) in frozen beef minced meat with raw material from Spain in France

RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx2+) in chilled beef from Argentina in Italy

USA – Lake Nokomis E. coli Outbreak Has Sickened 49

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The Lake Nokomis E. coli outbreak has now sickened 49 people, including the three confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in children that were announced earlier this week, according to a news release by the Minnesota Department of Health. That lake is located in Minneapolis.