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November 8, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Skylark Meats Inc. voluntarily recalled about 110,000 pounds of frozen ground beef that may be contaminated with potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, the U.S. said, adding that no illnesses have been linked to consumption of the product.
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October 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Cargill Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 840,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties distributed at Sam's Club stores nationwide after four Minnesota children who ate the food developed E. coli illness. The children became ill between Sept. 10 and Sept. 20 after eating American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties from three Sam's Club stores in the Minneapolis area. The Cargill recall comes on the heels of Elizabeth, N.J.-based Topps Meat Co.'s recall of 21.
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NEWS
September 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A contaminated underground water source is believed to be the origin of an E. coli outbreak at the Washington County, N.Y., fair that killed a 3-year-old girl and sickened 118 other people, state Health Department officials said. Tests of water in an aquifer supplying the fairgrounds turned up high levels of the E. coli bacteria.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Topps Meat Co. said it was closing its business, days after it was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history and 67 years after it opened its doors. The decision will cost 87 people their jobs, the Elizabeth, N.J., company said. Topps on Sept. 25 began recalling frozen hamburger patties that may have been contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli bacteria. The recall eventually expanded to 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. Thirty people in eight states had E.
NEWS
April 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Petting animals at zoos, county fairs and farms could expose children to the dangerous E. coli bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned. The Atlanta-based CDC said E. coli outbreaks from farm visits last year in Washington and Pennsylvania sickened 56 people and led to 19 hospitalizations. The center said people became infected by touching animals and then putting their hands to their mouths. E. coli, most often contracted through contaminated food or water, can be fatal.
NEWS
September 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
E. coli bacteria linked to a cow-pasture party in Petersburg, Ill., has sickened more than 200 people, and the numbers are continuing to rise, health officials said. More than 1,800 people attended the Sept. 4 party. E. coli typically has an incubation period of three to eight days but can take longer. Officials have not pinpointed the source of the potentially fatal strain of E. coli, found in the feces and intestines of cattle.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 24 people, most of them children, have been infected with E. coli bacteria, and the outbreak might be connected to a petting zoo at last month's state fair, authorities said in Raleigh. At least three of those stricken have developed a severe complication known as hemolytic-uremic syndrome, in which the number of blood platelets suddenly drops, red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys shut down. The syndrome can be life-threatening or cause permanent kidney damage.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Topps Meat Co. said it was closing its business, days after it was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history and 67 years after it opened its doors. The decision will cost 87 people their jobs, the Elizabeth, N.J., company said. Topps on Sept. 25 began recalling frozen hamburger patties that may have been contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli bacteria. The recall eventually expanded to 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. Thirty people in eight states had E.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A recall of contaminated ground beef that has been linked to possible E. coli bacteria illnesses among 40 people in three Midwestern states is being expanded to 2.3 million pounds of meat sold nationwide, the Agriculture Department said. The Wisconsin-based meatpacker, Emmpak Foods Inc., recalled 416,000 pounds of ground beef in September in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but it expanded the recall late Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An outbreak of E. coli bacteria at a retirement community has stricken 41 residents and employees, including nine seniors who were hospitalized, health officials said Friday. Twenty-six residents, seven employees who handle food and eight other staff members became ill with an intestinal infection, said Beverly Thames from the San Mateo County Health Services Agency.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Dole Food Co. is voluntarily recalling salads sold in the U.S. and Canada labeled "Hearts Delight" because of possible E. coli contamination. No consumers have reported being sick, though a store in Canada found E. coli during a random screening, Westlake Village-based Dole said. The salads were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and neighboring states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A 15th person has tested positive for E. coli linked to the outbreak originating at a Foothill Ranch Souplantation, authorities said Thursday. The latest victim, a young adult who ate at the restaurant March 23, was not hospitalized, an Orange County Health Care Agency spokesman said. Fourteen of the infected people were customers at the restaurant, and one is an employee. Investigators do not know if the worker was infected by eating at Souplantation or through an outside source.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Another E. coli infection linked to the Foothill Ranch Souplantation has been reported, bringing the total to 14, health officials said Tuesday. The latest victim, an adult, ate at the restaurant March 23, said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Though the person developed symptoms, he said, no hospitalization was required.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2007
Three new cases of E. coli bacterial infection associated with a local restaurant have been uncovered, bringing the total to 10, Orange County health officials said Thursday. As in the earlier cases, the recently identified victims -- two under 18 and one over 50 -- all ate at the Foothill Ranch Souplantation on Towne Center Drive in Lake Forest on March 23 or 24, said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency.
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April 4, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Almost all of the people sickened by the E. coli bacteria after eating at a Lake Forest restaurant were under age 18, Orange County health officials said Tuesday. Three of the seven who became ill were hospitalized. Health officials said they were still searching for the source of the bacteria that caused the diners to become ill about a week after eating at the Foothill Ranch Souplantation in Lake Forest between March 23 and 25. Of the diners, six were under 18. The seventh was over 70.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch and Marla Cone, Times Staff Writers
A Pennsylvania man who said he became sick after eating a chalupa and a quesadilla at a Taco Bell sued the owner of the Irvine-based restaurant chain Friday, joining what attorneys expect will be a growing wave of legal claims arising from an outbreak of E. coli bacteria. Taco Bell and parent company Yum Brands Inc.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1999 | Reuters
U.S. meatpackers on Monday offered to test one in every 300 cattle carcasses for a deadly strain of the E. coli bacteria to help safeguard the nation's beef supply and keep tougher federal rules at bay. The experimental program was hurriedly developed by the industry after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in January that it might broaden a federal policy to make more kinds of beef subject to strict food safety rules.
NEWS
September 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
Standing in the chilly drizzle, Wayne and Lori Aldrich released balloons Friday as they buried their 3-year-old daughter, Rachel, the first victim of what could turn out to be the worst E. coli outbreak in U.S. history. Then they headed back to the hospital to stand vigil over their 2-year-old daughter, Kaylea, who was struggling with kidney failure after sipping a glass of water with her sister on Aug. 28 at the Washington County Fair.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The nation's largest supermarket chains have given produce growers six weeks to establish new safety rules to prevent deadly E. coli outbreaks. A consortium that includes the owners of the Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs grocery chains and Costco Wholesale Corp. says it is alarmed that another episode like the recent contamination of fresh spinach could hurt its members and their customers.
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