May 2006

A hot lettuce market caused by decreased supplies blurred any impact that might have occurred following the late April report on NBC’s television program "Dateline" linking several cases of E. coli-related sickness with bagged lettuce, reports The Produce News.

There had been little to no decline in sales after the “Dateline” broadcast, and few

The latest outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 in Scotland serves as a reminder that there is no room for complacency in dealing with the potentially fatal food poisoning organism, says Scottish newspaper The Herald.

Three new cases of E. coli, apparently linked to a butcher’s shop in Law, South Lanarkshire, were confirmed yesterday. The cases

European food safety group safefood is urging consumers to be extra vigilant when cooking meats that have been minced, skewered or rolled such as burgers, sausages and kebabs. These types of meats should be thoroughly cooked and never served rare or pink in the middle.

With whole cuts of meat, such as steak, any harmful

All 17 people infected with the potentially fatal strain of E. coli bacteria visited Akita Furusato Mura (Akita hometown village) in Yokote city, Japan, during the recent Golden Week holidays, or had family members who visited the park during the same period.

Six of the 17 infected people required hospitalization for diarrhea or severe stomach

Jennifer O’Connor of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Norfolk, Virginia, wrote to the Arizona Daily Star regarding a recent article about petting zoos.

In her letter, she says that she feels the “article did readers a disservice by not warning them about the very real health hazards of petting zoos.”

Health officials are testing for the source of a confirmed E. coli infection suffered by one elementary school student in Monett, while about 60 other students are suffering similar symptoms, the school district said yesterday.

So far, the city water system has come up clean and there is no evidence the infection reported Sunday came

On The Early Show on CBS, Dr. Richard Raymond of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has plenty of advice about avoiding food poisoning while cooking outdoors.

He says salmonella is the most common food-related illness. Although the number of cases has dropped, people still ignore the basics: clean, separate, cook and chill.

He outlined the

The investigation into an E.coli bacterial outbreak that sickened about 60 children at Monett Elementary School and some residents of Monett, Missouri, has not produced a common link that can explain the illnesses, according to The Joplin Globe.

Robert Neizgoda, an epidemiologist with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said the focus of