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Recoding E. coli to become resistant to all viruses

Harvard - Scientists are close to finishing recoding the Escherichia coli bacterium to work with a different genetic code — one that differs to all other genetic codes on Earth, the organism will have some interesting properties.

General Mills flour recall expands as more people become sick

General Mills expanded their flour recall on Monday after federal officials told the company that four more people had fallen victim to the 21-state E. coli outbreak linked to the tainted flour.

General Mills pulls Betty Crocker cake mixes in U.S. and Canada

With the announcement of an international recall of certain Betty Crocker cake mixes due to possible E. coli contamination, General Mills is again warning consumers to not ever eat raw batter or dough.

Flour-related outbreak spurs recall of 22 tons of hors d’oeuvres

Kabob’s Acquisition Inc. is recalling over 22 tons of raw hors d’oeuvres, including chicken quesadillas, mini tarts and steak spring rolls nationwide because they were made with flour linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak.

Farmers and microbiologists team up to tackle E. coli

Michigan - The bacterium Escherichia coli provides a risk to consumers through food poisoning. One point of origin is the farm, through farming practices. Microbiologists and farmers have teamed up to reduce opportunities for transmission.

Possible second 'superbug' gene may have been found in U.S.

After the discovery in May of a Pennsylvania woman with a bacterial pathogen resistant to an "antibiotic of last resort," researchers are saying another patient, this time in New York has been identified as having the same mcr-1 “superbug” gene.

New material kills E. coli on contact in 30 seconds

Singapoe - Scientists have created a new material that can kill pathogens rapidly. In tests the bacterium Escherichia coli was destroyed within 30 seconds.

CDC confirms General Mills flour linked to E. coli outbreak

State and federal officials identified the current and ongoing E. coli O121 outbreak in February this year, but it took until late April for the common denominator to be found that led to the recall by General Mills of 10 million pounds of flour.

E. coli outbreak linked to Organic Pastures raw milk

Fresno - A California dairy that sells USDA certified organic raw milk and other non-pasteurized dairy products is cooperating with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in an investigation into an outbreak of E. coli linked to their products.

Chipotle briefly closing all restaurants to talk food safety

It's been a bumpy year for Chipotle after frustrating outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, so the company has decided it's time to take a short break and have a meeting with employees to discuss this unpleasant situation.

Speaking of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, here's another problem

Aiken - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more common, prompting medical and health care officials, as well as the media to better educate the public in the misuse and abuse of antibiotics. However, based on a new study, it may be worse than thought.

Omaha company recalls over 167,000 lbs. ground beef for E.coli

Omaha - An Omaha, Nebraska meat processing company is recalling approximately 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Sunday.

Raw milk linked to illnesses in California and Idaho

Dairies in two states have recalled all their raw milk products pending further investigations by the respective state health authorities because the products were linked to food-borne illnesses.

Americans should know that all beef has dangerous bacteria, study

Consumer Reports tested 300 off-the-shelf ground beef packages and found fecal contamination in every sample and 1 in 10 packages contained drug-resistant bacteria.

Ultraviolet light kills germs on some fruits, study says

Simple and inexpensive ultraviolet light technology can kill food-borne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits such as apples and pears, scientists have found.

Niagara bottled water recalled due to E. coli concerns

Possible E. coli contamination has been found in water bottled under the Niagara brand name. The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection (DEP), and Health are advising consumers not to drink the bottled water.

Op-Ed: You can now go to jail for practicing citizen science in Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park - If you love to take photographs and participate in citizen science projects, they sure don't want you in Wyoming, and if you unknowingly take photos, perhaps for a photography contest for The National Weather Service, you may wind up in jail.

Citizen science a 'big no' in Wyoming

Cheyenne - Wyoming has, in essence, made citizen science a crime. The state has placed restrictions on people photographing the environment and then making any comments about any deterioration to the natural world.

E. coli could be linked to leafy greens in Canada says PHAC

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating a mysterious outbreak of E. coli infections across Canada. So far, 12 cases have popped up, and all seem to be related to the consumption of leafy green vegetables.

UK beaches being invaded by antibiotic-resistant bugs

Birmingham - It's a no-brainer to correlate swimming in not-so-clean water with coming into contact with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A study has revealed that recreational users of the coastal waters off England and Wales may be at risk of exposure to these bugs.

E. coli outbreak sickens six children in Lodi, California

Lodi - An E. coli outbreak in Lodi, California has sickened six elementary school children, requiring one to be hospitalized. The children all attend the same elementary school, but the school has been ruled out as a source of the outbreak.

Food poisoning scare from farmers' markets

Farmers’ markets are becoming increasingly popular, providing opportunities for people to purchase fresh produce as opposed to pre-packaged supermarket fare. A study in the U.S. warns about the presence of pathogens.

Cattle feedlots can present a risk to food safety

The location of cattle feedlot on farms is crucial, according to a new study. This is because pathogens, like E. coli, can be carried in the air more than one tenth mile downwind. If produce is located nearby, then the risk of cross-contamination arises.

MN company recalls 1,200 pounds of ground beef over E. coli fears

More than 1,200 pounds of ground beef is being recalled due possible E. coli contamination. The suspected contamination was discovered during a routine inspection by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Op-Ed: Bacteria as memory storage – E. coli’s new gig

E. coli are tough bacteria. There are a lot of different strains, but this time they’re working for us. The new approach to managing medical and environmental data is to store it in bacterial genomes.

New U.S. standard for ground beef to avoid bacterial infection

Washington - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores as part of efforts to prevent food poisoning from bacterial pathogens.

E. coli evolves antibiotic tolerance

Jerusalem - Subject to repeated exposure to the antibiotic ampicillin, populations of Escherichia coli quickly evolve tolerance for the drug, springing back to life once antibiotic treatment has stopped, according to a new study.

Detecting fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses

Oslo - A set of novel methods for the detection of fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses has been designed. The methods can give answers as to whether the contamination is a result of human or animal excreta.

Border collies control seagulls and prevent infection

Detroit - A new study shows that the herding dogs, like border collies, can be an effective means of controlling bacterial infections spread by seagulls.

Reducing E. coli in cows is key to food safety

Miami - A new treatment, using microparticles made from chitosan, may help dairy cattle resist uterine diseases and could help improve food safety for people. New research suggests chitosan microparticles kill bacteria.
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E. coli magnified 10 000 times using an electron microscope.
E. coli magnified 10,000 times using an electron microscope.
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Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables from Taylor Farms.
Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables from Taylor Farms.
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S1. Proportions of isolates from U4  U8  and U10 resistant to various antibiotic and antibiotic comb...
S1. Proportions of isolates from U4, U8, and U10 resistant to various antibiotic and antibiotic combinations excluding the cephlasporins.
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Owen E. Carrignan, 6, died from an apparent E. Coli infection
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Adams Farm Slaughterhouse initiated a recall of veal  beef and bison meat products after an E. coli ...
Adams Farm Slaughterhouse initiated a recall of veal, beef and bison meat products after an E. coli outbreak was traced back to the facility.
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E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
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Picture description is "The Nugget Truck." Actually, this is a poultry farm truck going to the processing plant.
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PT Farm is located in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.
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Savannah River Site | June 2011 Aerial View.
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These are three of several varieties and brands of flour recalled by General Mills in relation to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.
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Escherichia coli is also a proteobacteria.
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Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables from Taylor Farms.
Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables from Taylor Farms.
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According to the World Health Organization  Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common bacterium usually...
According to the World Health Organization, Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common bacterium usually found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals and humans, though some strains, such as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), spread by contaminated foods, can cause severe illness.
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Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria  magnified 10 000 times.
Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times.
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An outbreak of E. coli has infected six children at the same school in Lodi  California.
An outbreak of E. coli has infected six children at the same school in Lodi, California.
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When making this Greek salad  be sure to wash all the vegetables thoroughly.
When making this Greek salad, be sure to wash all the vegetables thoroughly.
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CDC update - Number of cases of illness linked to dining at Chipotle s restaurants has risen to 41.
CDC update - Number of cases of illness linked to dining at Chipotle's restaurants has risen to 41.
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