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Oct 13, 2006

Oct 13, 2006

Manure implicated in E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Investigators seeking the contamination source in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak have genetically matched an E coli strain found in manure from a California cattle ranch near spinach fields with the strain isolated from sick patients and their leftover spinach.

Oct 27, 2006

Oct 27, 2006

Wild boar, water cited in E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Six more samples of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain that killed 3 people and sickened more than 200 who ate raw spinach have been found on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley area, state and federal officials announced yesterday.

Dec 06, 2006

Dec 06, 2006

Taco Bell bans green onions after E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Escherichia coli infections in people who ate at 11 Taco Bell restaurants in New York and New Jersey has sickened more than 3 dozen people in 3 states and prompted the company to remove green onions from its outlets nationwide.

Dec 07, 2006

Dec 07, 2006

FDA joins probe as E coli outbreak widens

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday it was joining the probe of a growing Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast.

Dec 08, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Taco Bell E coli outbreak grows; source still unclear

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants has climbed to 62 in 6 states, and it's too early to blame the outbreak on green onions, federal officials said today.

Dec 12, 2006

Dec 12, 2006

Cause of E coli outbreak still elusive as cases mount

(CIDRAP News) – The cause of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants remained elusive today as the number of cases increased to 67 in 5 states, according to federal officials.

Dec 13, 2006

Dec 13, 2006

Lettuce suspected in Taco Bell E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A case-control investigation points to lettuce as the likeliest source of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants, federal officials said today.

Jan 02, 2007

Jan 02, 2007

Canadian E coli vaccine for cattle gets preliminary nod

(CIDRAP News) – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently gave preliminary approval for field use of the world's first vaccine to reduce Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle and thereby help keep it out of food.

Jan 12, 2007

Jan 12, 2007

FDA finds Taco John's E coli strain on California farms

(CIDRAP News) – Investigators have tentatively linked the recent Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with Taco John's restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota to dairy farms near lettuce fields in California, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Jan 19, 2007

Jan 19, 2007

California produce firm to fund E coli research

(CIDRAP News) – Fresh Express, a California company that produces bagged salads and other produce products, announced this week it would provide up to $2 million for research on how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 out of fresh produce.

A scientific advisory panel assembled by the company has chosen five research priorities and will evaluate research proposals and disseminate findings, the company said in a Jan 17 news release.

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