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Jul 21, 2011

Jul 21, 2011

Changes in E coli testing pose surveillance challenges

(CIDRAP News) – The big Escherichia coli O104:H4 epidemic in Germany comes at a time when methods of testing for pathogenic E coli are changing, posing some challenges for public health officials intent on detecting E coli outbreaks quickly and monitoring trends as accurately as possible.

Aug 12, 2010

Aug 12, 2010

Norovirus, poultry leading culprits in US foodborne outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Norovirus was the most common confirmed cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in 2007, and poultry led the list of food commodities involved, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 04, 2010

Jun 04, 2010

Rare Salmonella subtype sickens 34 in Illinois

(CIDRAP News) – State and county health officials in Illinois are investigating an outbreak involving a rare Salmonella subtype that has sickened 34 people who reportedly developed symptoms after eating at Subway restaurants.

Apr 14, 2008

Apr 14, 2008

Salmonella -tainted cereal sickens 21 in 13 states

Editor's note: The numbers in this story were revised on Apr 15 to reflect a correction issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA originally said the outbreak involved 23 cases in 14 states, but on Apr 15 the agency said the correct numbers were 21 cases in 13 states.

Oct 09, 2007

Oct 09, 2007

Spike in E coli -related beef recalls alarms officials

(CIDRAP News) – A Wisconsin meat producer recently recalled about 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef because of possible contamination with Escherichia coli O157:H7, only a day after the Topps Meat Co., a leading producer of frozen hamburgers, announced it was going out of business because it couldn't bear the cost of a recent massive recall.

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