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E. coli 021 and 026 infection linked to Flour
The FDA  and CDC are investigating a multiple state infection due to Shiga toxin producing E. coli. According to the CDC update of July 25, 2016, 46 people in 21 states were infected by this outbreak. Thirteen ill people have been hospitalized, with one case of hemolytic-uremic syndrome. The common denominator is the eating or handling of raw dough from General Mills flours. E. coli 021 was found in open samples of flour and in infected people. The characterized 026 isolate (whole genome sequencing) from General Mills returned retail flour is closely related genetically to a clinical isolate that was subsequently added to the outbreak cluster....

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Food Safety in the News July 21
E. coli in Seattle Montessori School The Seattle Times reports that the Montessori school in Washington State has been closed temporarily after two preschoolers were hospitalized with dangerous E. coli infections and more than 10 staff members and 60 children may have been exposed. The difficult task of identifying the source of the E. coli is on its way. Read More Fears of Listeria cause a recall of 372,000 pounds of hot dogs, corn dogs The Sacramento Bee reported that more than 372,000 pounds of hot dogs and corn dogs made between July 10 and 13 are being recalled over concerns...