The State Milk Board, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, announced today that Homestead Creamery of Jamesport, Mo. is voluntarily withdrawing a batch of its Flory’s Favorite cheese from the marketplace.

Preliminary test results received from the Missouri State Health Laboratory indicate the cheese may be contaminated with Shiga-Toxin producing E.coli, which can lead to food borne illness. Confirmatory tests are ongoing.

The Homestead Creamery plant license to sell milk products in Missouri has been temporarily suspended, pending the results of the investigation by the State Milk Board and Missouri departments of Agriculture and Health and Senior Services.

The withdrawn product, Flory’s Favorite, is a 60-day aged cheese made with raw milk. Packages of the cheese are marked with “Packed On 210” on the label. This affects approximately 250 pounds of cheese and does not affect any other dairy products from Homestead Creamery.

The withdrawn cheese was sold at Homestead Creamery facility in Jamesport, Mo. and may have been sold by the following retailers:

HyVee in Liberty, Mo.

HyVee in Trenton, Mo.

Benedict Builders’ Farm in Knob Noster, Mo.

Milton Creamery in Milton, Iowa.

The Missouri State Milk Board continues to review the company’s records to determine when consumers may have purchased the product. Anyone who has purchased the cheese may return the unused portion to the store from which they purchased the product.

Batch/UPC Code: Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, 11oz – UPC: 77890-16411 – ONLY product sold between 10/14/12 and 11/1/12.

Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, 5oz – UPC: 77890-16437 – ONLY product sold between 10/14/12 and 11/1/12.

Reason for Recall: State Garden is recalling two sizes of this product because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Thus far no illnesses have been reported.

The funeral of an eight-year-old British girl who is suspected of contracting E.coli when she was visiting the U.S. recently took place today – with hundreds of mourners dressed in her favorite color bright pink.

Rachel’s family – including mother Louise Baillie, 38, and father Adam Shaw, 35 – asked mourners to dress in the eight-year-old’s favorite color rather than wearing black.

Rachel died in hospital on Saturday night after contracting E. coli at the end of July. An investigation is underway as to the exact source of the bug, but it is believed she may have contracted it in the U.S. as she had recently visited her father, who lives in Texas.


On April 11, 2012, the USDA announced a recall of 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products from Town and Country Foods, Inc., after the company confirmed a positive E. coli O157:H7 lab test result.  The following products are subject to the recall:

  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods Hamburg Patties”
  • 10- lb. box containing variously weighted bags of “Town & Country Beef for Stewing”
  • 6-, 8-, and 10- oz. “Town & Country Beef Sirloin Filets”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg”

Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 9710” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, the products contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002, and 11012. The products subject to recall were produced between April 4, 2012 and April 10, 2012 and were shipped to wholesale and retail establishments in Maine. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The problem was discovered through company lab testing which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. The company did not hold product pending test results, resulting in this recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

State health officials say there are now 27 E. coli cases in the St. Louis area outbreak.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services also said Saturday that one new case is from a Boone County resident who had recently been in St. Louis.

The department is trying to determine if two other cases in Boone County are connected to the St. Louis outbreak.

As reported by Erin Taylor of the Kingman Miner, Justice Jackson an 8th-grader at Kingman Academy of Learning Middle School, is home after a battle with E. coli O157:H7. According to Ms. Taylor, he was diagnosed in February with a form of E. coli food poisoning known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. HUS occurs in about 10 percent of E. coli cases and can lead to kidney failure.

Jackson was released from Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas March 7. His mom, Sherry Jackson, said his kidneys are functioning at about 70 percent. He returns to Las Vegas Monday for a follow-up visit.

“He’s still not out of the woods yet,” Sherry said.

Justice is currently on medication for high blood pressure, which he could suffer from permanently, and he is on a highly regimented sodium-restrictive diet.

“He’s not a normal 14-year-old anymore,” his mom said. Sherry said her son was disappointed to miss a tournament last weekend where his Coyotes basketball team placed second. He also missed tryouts for the baseball team.

Angela M. Valadez, Chitrita Debroy, Edward Dudley, And Catherine N. Cutter

Journal of Food Protection, Vol. 74, No. 2, 2011, Pages 228–239 Copyright G, International Association for Food Protection

ABSTRACT:  Numerous foodborne outbreaks are attributed to Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and have been recognized for causing gastrointestinal disease in humans. Beef products have been considered the principal source of STEC. A multiplex PCR assay enabling simultaneous detection of STEC O103, O91, O113, O145, O111, O157, and O26 was developed and evaluated in artificially contaminated beef carcass swabs, beef trim, and ground beef after overnight enrichment. Individual serogroups were experimentally inoculated at low (1 to 10 CFU/ml) and high (11 to 100 CFU/ml) levels, and with a cocktail of strains belonging to two, four, and six serogroups. There was no significant difference in detecting single STEC strains under the different conditions. Only when strains were combined were there significant differences in detection of all cocktail isolates in some of the beef products. To address this issue, four serogroups were experimentally inoculated together at three different estimated levels (10, 102, and 103 CFU/ml) in all three beef products. Results yielded no significant difference in detecting STEC at the three inoculation levels (10, 102, and 103 CFU/ml) in trim and carcass swabs, but there was a significant difference in detecting STEC at the lowest levels (10 and 102 CFU/ml) in the 80:20 nonirradiated ground beef, and in the detection of STEC in irradiated ground beef. The findings from this study could provide industry and government agencies with a tool to evaluate the prevalence and incidence of STEC in beef products and their processing environments.

bilde.jpgThree new cases of E. coli linked to Zillman Meat Market in Wausau have been identified by the Marathon County Health Department, according to a release.

In late December, the health department identified four people who became sick after eating E. coli-infected smoked meat products purchased at Zillman. The shop conducted a thorough cleaning at that time.

The additional cases identified today by the health department involve meat products purchased before the time of the original announcement. According to the release, the cases involved meat products purchased in Wausau that were shared with family members in Michigan.