I got home yesterday from a four day trip to DC and LA just in time to turn around this morning to head to IAFP, but had a few moments to see what food is poisoning us today – sprouts – no surprise there.
CTV News reports that Alberta Health Services (AHS) officials said there has been an increase in the number of E. coli cases in the Edmonton Zone, and they’re warning Edmonton residents about the bacteria. AHS said 24 E. coli cases have been confirmed in the Edmonton Zone in recent weeks – and it’s believed bean sprouts may be to blame for the spike.
AHS was also reported to have said: “The current outbreak is over, and there’s no further risk to the public.”
Well, that is until the next sprout outbreak.
Barfblog documents at least 55 sprout-associated outbreaks occurring worldwide affecting a total of 15,233 people since 1988. A comprehensive table of sprout-related outbreaks can be found at barfblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sprout-associated-outbreaks-8-1-14.xlsx.