viernes, 18 de enero de 2013

In Canada, 29 Cases of E. coli 0157:H7 associated with KFC and Taco Bell

Contaminated lettuce originally came from California.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (CFIA) is investigating an E. coli outbreak that has now sickened at least 29 people. The outbreak is located in the eastern of Canada in the Maritimes province  and Ontario,  and the latest evidence in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s food-borne illness investigation indicates that the most probable cause of the E. coli O157:H7 is shredded lettuce distributed by FreshPoint Inc. primarily to some KFC and KFC-Taco Bell restaurants. The products were not distributed to grocery stores.
The source of contamination has not been determined, but the lettuce originally came from California. U.S. officials have been notified of this outbreak. Public health officials are investigating to see if food safety controls were followed at each step along the production and supply chain. The reported illnesses occurred between late December and early January. 

The CFIA continues to lead the coordination of the investigation into this outbreak in close collaboration with its health and food safety partners. There are 6 cases in New Brunswick, 10 in Nova Scotia and 13 in Ontario. The majorities of cases has recovered or are recovering. Additional cases of illness may be identified and linked to this outbreak in the future.

The E. coli O157 food-borne illnesses are not uncommon in Canada. In recent years, an average of about 440 cases of this type of E. coli infection was reported annually in Canada. In April 2012, 18 sick with E. coli O157:H7 from romaine lettuce in Canada and California from Amazing Coachella Inc. out of California. In October 2009: 4 sick with E. coli O157:H7 from lettuce served at a Wendy’s in Ontario. October 2008: E. coli O157:H7 in romaine lettuce in Ontario at 3 restaurants Johnathan’s Family RestaurantLittle Red Rooster and M.T. Bellies. August 2008: Aunt Mid’s iceberg lettuce sickens 3 with E. coli O157:H7. September 2006:  Dole Baby Spinach sickens 1 with E. coli O157:H7.
The CFIA recommend always remember the proper hygiene and safe food handling and preparation practices are key to preventing the spread of all foodborne illnesses, including E. coli. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.

Contaminated foods may look and smell normal. It is important to ensure that you wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them, and cook meat to a safe internal temperature.   

Source: CFIA
Aporte: Pedro Valenzuela G.

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