Massive Pizza recalls put E.Coli into news again.I started collecting some info of what this bacteria is all about and how we should keep ourself safe from this illness.
E.Coli, technically called escherichia coli is a food-borne illness that is cropping up even more in today’s world than in recent years. It is most commonly spread through bacteria-infected meat that is not cooked thoroughly.Traditional symptoms include causes of stomach cramps, bloody stools, diarrhea, and a slight fever, although sometimes there are no symptoms at all.Good thing is not contagious from human to human.“Ecoli is worrisome because it can lead to diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and even cholera”.An estimated 10,000 to20,000 cases of Ecoli infection occur in the United States each year. Most ecoli infections have been associated with eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef.The organism that causes ecoli can be found on a small number of cattle farms and can live in the intestines of healthy cattle.
In the first six months of 2007, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled over seven million pounds of red meat.Topps Meat Company has recalled approximately 21,700,000 pounds of hamburgers. Blue Ribbon Meats has recalled approximately 8,200 pounds of frozen hamburgers due to possible contamination. You have seen it connected to the lettuce scare and most recently in an outbreak possibly connected to Taco Bell. In the past decade, outbreaks of human illness associated with the consumption of raw vegetables and fruits (or unpasteurized products produced from them) have increased in the United States.
Infection is more common during the summer and in the northern United States. Infection can also occur after drinking raw milk and after swimming in or drinking water contaminated by farm animals, usually cattle.This is a rare illness, but it can cause a very serious infection. Antibiotics should not be used to treat this infection. Sometimes the infection causes non-bloody diarrhea or no symptoms.
Symptoms usually begin 2-5 days after infection(range, 1 to 8 days). See your doctor if you think you may have this infection Most people recover without specific treatment in 5 to 10 days.Since the organism is passed in the feces, infected persons with diarrhea and those who are unable to control their bowel habits (particularly children in day care centers and individuals in nursing homes) should be isolated until symptoms have resolved. These symptoms,along with loss of appetite, can persist for several days.
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E.Coli Sources – Meat & Pizzas
Meat can become contaminated during slaughter, and organisms can be accidentally mixed into meat when it is ground. It can be in meat that comes from cattle and it’s also in their poop, called manure. Eating meat, especially ground beef, that has not been cooked sufficiently to kill E.Coli .Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods.Wash hands, counters, and utensils with hot soapy water after they touch raw meat. Wash meat thermometers in between tests of patties that require further cooking.
Pizza ecoli outbreak began in mid-July, and since that time, General Mills has distributed about 120 million potentially contaminated pizzas to retailers throughout the country.General Mills has recalled about 414,000 cases of Jeno’s and Totino’s pizza because pepperoni on the pizzas may be contaminated with E.Coli.
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Your #1 reference always for upto-date information is CDC, visit E.Coli at CDC -> http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/