June 2011

fenugreek seeds.jpgAP Health reports this morning that European health experts warned Thursday there could be more E. coli cases across Europe and elsewhere after finding recent deadly outbreaks were probably linked to contaminated Egyptian fenugreek seeds. They say the fenugreek seeds are likely to blame for a massive food poisoning outbreak in Germany beginning in May

Our President set out the choices today:

if we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners, if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we’ve

According to the CDC, in the United States, five confirmed cases and one suspect case of STEC O104:H4 infections have been identified; one death has been reported. Of these six cases, five recently traveled to Germany, where they were likely exposed. The bacterial isolates from the three HUS cases reported in Massachusetts, Michigan and Wisconsin,

My flight got cancelled today to Boston where I was to spend time with one of the six United States E. coli O104:H4 cases. As I passed through airport security before I headed back to the office, I thought about how difficult national and international travel has become post 9-11. Not so for bacteria.

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The CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts.

As of June 27, 2011, a total of 21 persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported

caot-facts.jpgI was struck by the press release on the FDA website that Nestle Purina PetCare was voluntarily recalling 870 bags of potentially Salmonella positive cat food shipped only to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon even though there had been no consumer complaints and no reports of illness. Nestle also posted this:

At Nestle Purina PetCare, the