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E. Coli Concerns In 18 States

HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Tuesday, December 08, 2015



E. Coli Concerns In 18 States
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As of late November 2015, at least 19 cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 poisoning are reported in seven states, including: California; Colorado; Montana; Missouri; Utah; Virginia; and Washington. As of December 4, 2015, 11 additional states that believe celery is the E. coli culprit have begun to recall 155,000 celery and celery-related products.

Interviewing the people sickened by E. coli, local and state health authorities have traced most cases to a rotisserie chicken salad sold by Costco. The offending ingredient appears to be in mix of celery and onion prepared by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., Tracy, California. A news brief on the 7-state outbreak is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM9PBC4UY24

What should an average consumer do to avoid or counteract sickness from E. coli? First, consult the FDA website to see the list of recalled products, accessed here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm474601.htm and throw them away, even if you have consumed some without getting sick.

Secondly, watch for the symptoms of mild E. coli infection: stomach cramps; diarrhea, bloody or not; vomiting; and mild fever.

Third, watch for the symptoms of severe E. coli infection, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which is a form of kidney failure: abdominal pain; feeling exhausted; less frequent urination; small bruises or bleeding from the nose or mouth; loss of pink color from the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids; fever.

Fourth, if you have mild symptoms that aren’t relieved in 5 – 7 days, call your doctor. However, if you have HUS symptoms, seek immediate medical attention because HUS can cause kidney damage and/or death.

Fifth, have any additional food safety questions answered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the www.fda.gov web site or by calling 1-888-SAFEFOOD (723-3663).

DO’S AND DON’TS

DO consult the FDA website to see the list of recalled products, accessed here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm474601.htm and throw them away.

DON’T be lulled by the fact that you have already consumed some recalled product(s) and haven’t been sickened yet.

DO watch for the symptoms of mild E. coli infection: stomach cramps; diarrhea, bloody or not; vomiting; and mild fever.

DO watch for the symptoms of severe E. coli infection, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which is a form of kidney failure: abdominal pain; feeling exhausted; less frequent urination; small bruises or bleeding from the nose or mouth; loss of pink color from the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids; fever.

DO call your doctor if you have mild symptoms that aren’t relieved in 5 – 7 days.

DON’T delay if you have HUS symptoms.

DO seek immediate medical attention if you have HUS symptoms.

DO have any additional food safety questions answered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the http://www.fda.gov web site or by calling 1-888-SAFEFOOD (723-3663).


By Kathy Catanzarite


Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Handelonthelaw.com Writer

Note from HandelontheLaw.com: This article is to be used as an educational guide only and should not be interpreted as a legal consultation. Readers of this article are advised to seek an attorney if a legal consultation is needed. Laws may vary by state and are subject to change, thus the accuracy of this information can not be guaranteed. Readers act on this information solely at their own risk. Neither the author, handelonthelaw.com, or any of its affiliates shall have any liability stemming from this article.





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