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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.

One strain of E.coli causes majority of bacterial infections

A single strain of Escherichia coli has become the main cause of bacterial infections in women and the elderly by invading the bladder and kidneys worldwide, according to a new study.

Microfluidic chip sorts 'good' bacteria from 'bad' bacteria

Phoenix - Sometimes the difference between harmless and harmful bacteria is miniscule. A new device aims to make this detection easier.

Recall of 90 tons of chicken salad for E. coli contamination

The "Grab-and-Go" option of getting a quick meal to eat on-the-go has become a way of life in our hectic world. With the option of picking up just about anything that catches the eye, it's a good way to pick up something you may not want to bring home.

Canadian science and hamburger disease

A special edition of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology celebrates the contribution of Canadian scientists to research into major food-borne illnesses like E. coli.

Study to assess impact of new bacterial treat: ESBL E. coli

London - The U.K. government is launching a new study into the impact of a microorganism called Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase Escherichia coli (ESBL-positive E. coli) in order to help combat the spread of this antibiotic-resistant bacterial strain.

Dangerous strains of E. coli seem to live longer

According to a new study, pathogenic strains of E. coli that produce a toxin harmful to people appear to survive longer in lake water than benign counterparts.

Farm Rich frozen foods recall expanded due to E. coli risk

Rich Products Corporation is expanding on an earlier recall of some of its products due to risk of E. coli. It is an extensive expansion and includes products produced at a Georgia-based facility.

Farm Rich frozen food products recalled for risk of E. coli

Rich Products Corp. has announced a voluntary recall of several of its cheese-based products. The reason for the food recall is listed as a potential E. coli contamination.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease linked to 'bad' bacteria

Researchers have discovered a biological mechanism by which harmful bacteria grow and edge out beneficial bacteria, thereby damaging the gut in inflammatory bowel disease.

E coli confirmed in Canadian burgers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that two people have contracted bacterial food poisoning from frozen beef burgers.

Spinach recalled in 39 states due to E. Coli scare

Taylor Farms Retail Inc. has voluntarily recalled several spinach products because of possible Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) contamination.

E.coli detected in spinach in New York

A total of 28 people have been infected with bacteria linked with an organic spinach and spring mix blend. The infections have been reported from five states, with most cases in New York.

E Coli outbreak in six U.S. states, source unknown

U.S. officials are conducting an investigation to determine what has caused an outbreak of E.Coli over the past two months. Since Apr. 15, over a dozen individuals in six states have been sickened by E.Coli bacteria, with one death.
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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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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.
Glass representation of the bacterium Escherichia coli
Glass representation of the bacterium Escherichia coli
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E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
E. coli magnified 10 000 times using an electron microscope.
E. coli magnified 10,000 times using an electron microscope.
Escherichia coli is also a proteobacteria.
Escherichia coli is also a proteobacteria.
Owen E. Carrignan  6  died from an apparent E. Coli infection
Owen E. Carrignan, 6, died from an apparent E. Coli infection
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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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Picture description is "The Nugget Truck." Actually, this is a poultry farm truck going to the processing plant.
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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