USA – E. coli outbreak grows at Portland preschool

Outbreak News Today

In an update on the E. coli outbreak at the Montessori of Alameda school in Portland, The Multnomah County Health Department said Wednesday that seven people have now been sickened by Escherichia coli bacteria at the school, six children and one adult.

Health officials say all the illnesses occurred in one classroom.

Four of the people are confirmed to have  E. coli, O157:H7 and  two of these cases genetically match the E. coli strain from the national I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter outbreak. Three additional people are known to have shiga-toxin producing E. coli and further test results are pending. The Health Department has been investigating diarrhea illnesses at the school since March 7, 2017.

I.M. Healthy Soy Nut Butter and I.M. Healthy granola was recalled nationwide on March 4, 2017 after 16 other people became ill in nine states, including Oregon.  The Health Department is investigating how the SoyNut Butter E. coli strain was introduced into Montessori of Alameda.

Research – Mouldy food could be a thing of the past thanks to Murdoch University research

MouldABC News

Kirsty Bayliss from Murdoch University is using plasma and electrical currents to stop mould from taking hold on fresh food, bread, meats, grains, and even dairy products such as milk and cheese.

The technology — which is already widely used in medicine and dentistry — works by producing plasma generated by an electrical charge, conducted through two electrodes using the air around us.

This then produces a plasma flame which is applied to food.

“That plasma coats the surface of the food, and what you do when you treat that surface is kill the mould spores on the surface so they can’t infect the fruit,” Dr Bayliss said.

Egypt – 98 students in Egypt treated for food poisoning

The Arab News

CAIRO: Ninety-eight students in the Nile Delta north of Cairo have been treated for food poisoning symptoms in the second case of suspected mass poisoning caused by government-issued lunches this month.
Hanaa Sorour, an official of the Egyptian Health Ministry based in the delta, said all the affected students were released from the hospital after suffering stomach aches, vomiting and a slight fever the day before. The ministry is studying food samples to determine the cause.
More than 2,200 students experienced similar symptoms last week after consuming school lunches in the southern province of Sohag. The government launched a program in 2015 to provide meals in public schools.

Research – Chitosan Shows Promise For Battling Food Poisoning Bacteria


Chitosan, a naturally occurring carbohydrate derived from crustacean shells, shows promise as a bulwark against a bacterium that sickens more than a million people in the United States each year.

Clostridium perfringens food poisoning is the second-most common bacterial foodborne illness in the U.S, after salmonella poisoning. Living in soil, decaying vegetation and the intestinal tracts of vertebrates, C. perfringens typically infects humans when they eat meat that hasn’t been thoroughly cooked or properly stored, allowing the bacteria to multiply.

Canada – Chef Destinations, Frankly Fresh Salads and Fresh St. brands Fresh Guacamole recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes


Industry is recalling Chef Destinations, Frankly Fresh Salads and Fresh St. brands Fresh Guacamole from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Chef Destinations Fresh Guacamole 300 g Best Before
17 MR 22
7 76525 90905 9
Frankly Fresh Salads Fresh Guacamole 300 g Best Before
17 MR 22
7 76525 90955 4
Fresh St. Fresh Guacamole 300 g Best Before
17 MR 22
7 76525 90934 9

USA – Chlorofields Recalls Asian MIicrogreens Because Of Possible Health Risk – Salmonella

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ChloroFields of Lawrence, KS is recalling 20 cases of Asian Micro-greens, because they have potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The products were distributed throughout Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri, and were made available through retail grocery stores.

The product comes in a 1.5 oz clamshell, and is identified as Asian Mix Microgreens with a sell by date of 3/26/2017. The sell by date is located on a white sticker on the bottom of the container. The UPC number of the product is 853763007096.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

UK -Scotland – Statement on re-commencement of production by Errington Cheese Ltd

Food Standard Scotland

23 March 2017

Food Standards Scotland is aware that Errington Cheese Ltd has restarted production of cheese. Errington Cheese Ltd was required by South Lanarkshire Council to revise its food safety management system following the E.coli incident of 2016 because of the serious deficiencies that were identified.

South Lanarkshire Council has confirmed to Food Standards Scotland that Errington Cheese Ltd now has the relevant controls in place to allow cheese production to start again under a revised food safety management system.  The new season Lanark Blue cheese which has been placed on the market has been produced under this revised food safety management system.

The protection of public health remains the priority of Food Standards Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council. As the enforcement authority for this establishment, South Lanarkshire Council has also provided the necessary assurances to Food Standards Scotland that the cheese products covered by the Food Alert For Action issued in September 2016, and revised in November 2016, have either been destroyed or seized to protect public health.

Food Standards Scotland cannot comment further due to ongoing legal proceedings.