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CDC Concludes General Mills Flour Investigation, But People Will Still Get Sick

You might remember the General Mills flour recall from earlier this year, where a massive amount of flour was recalled because it was potentially contaminated with E. coli, bacteria found in feces and in soil that can cause bloody diarrhea and life-threatening complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its investigation of the outbreak is over, but that people will keep getting sick. [More]

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Veal, Bison & Beef Recalled Over E.Coli Contamination After Seven Become Ill

Seven people in four states have become ill after eating red meat found to be contaminated with E. coli, prompting the recall of thousands of pounds of beef, veal, and bison from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse over the weekend. [More]

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One Sickened Chipotle Customer Will Get Her Damages In The Form Of Free Burritos

Apparently it can be hard to quit Chipotle. Despite reports that 25% of former customers have yet to return — or visit less frequently — to the fast casual restaurant after its very public food-borne illness issues, one woman who was actually sickened after eating at the chain hasn’t completely shunned the burritos. In fact, she asked for — and received — free food as part of her recent settlement with the company.  [More]

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Chipotle Settles 100 Customer Complaints Over Food-Borne Illness Outbreaks

More than 100 customers who fell ill after dining at Chipotle restaurants last year will receive an undisclosed financial settlement as the fast-casual restaurant continues to put a series of E. coli and listeria outbreaks behind it.  [More]

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Grassfields Farms Cheese Sold At Whole Foods Recalled For Possible E. Coli

Cheese is one of our favorite foods here at Consumerist, but its creamy deliciousness doesn’t make it immune to some very unappetizing foodborne pathogens. Grassfields Cheese, a small producer in Michigan, has announced a recall of all cheeses produced between December 2015 and August 2016 because they have been linked to E. coli infections. [More]

General Mills Flour Recall Expands, Linked To Four More Illnesses

General Mills Flour Recall Expands, Linked To Four More Illnesses

Nearly two months after General Mills first recalled flour linked to an E. coli outbreak, leading to hundreds of products being pulled from shelves in stores and homes, the company once again expanded the recall after four additional illnesses were linked to the outbreak.  [More]

Rainbow Chip Cake, Carrot Cake, Blueberry Pancake Mix Recalled Due To Possible E. Coli-Laden Flour

Rainbow Chip Cake, Carrot Cake, Blueberry Pancake Mix Recalled Due To Possible E. Coli-Laden Flour

The massive flour recall due to E. coli contamination at a General Mills flour plant has expanded, and has now reached the shelves of cake and pancake mixes. Potentially contaminated products include Krusteaz blueberry pancake mix, and Betty Crocker rainbow chip and carrot cake mixes. Yes, those Betty Crocker rainbow chips. [More]

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FDA: Stop Eating Raw Cookie Dough Or Making Home-Made Play-Dough For Now

For years, raw chocolate chip cookie dough was a forbidden treat. Everyone said — rightly or wrongly — that you shouldn’t consume it because the uncooked eggs could make you sick. Then came special commercial dough preparations that worked around that, and there was much rejoicing (and many ice cream sales). But now, alas, cookie dough is back off the table, as are any other uncooked treats… and this time, it’s all down to the flour.

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CDC Figured Out The General Mills Flour Recall Because Some People Leave Flour In Bags

When you buy a new bag of flour, what do you do? Do you dump the bag out into a bin or canister in your kitchen, or do you scoop it out of the bag it came in? Both methods work fine, but it was the members of Team Bag who helped the Food and Drug Administration solve the mystery of a recent nationwide E. coli outbreak. [More]

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General Mills Recalls Flour Possibly Linked To E. coli Illnesses

While you might associate infection with E. coli bacteria with meat and sometimes fresh vegetables, the bacteria can turn up in some unexpected places. Like flour. Yes, investigators checking out a multi-state E. coli outbreak have potentially linked it to flour from General Mills sold under its own labels and store brands. [More]

Doctors Find Superbug Resistant To Last-Resort Antibiotic In Pennsylvania Woman

Doctors Find Superbug Resistant To Last-Resort Antibiotic In Pennsylvania Woman

Welcome to the post-antibiotic world. Doctors say that a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania was infected with a “truly pan-drug resistant bacteria,” in other words, a bacteria that will not respond to many known antibiotics. [More]

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Chipotle Accused CDC Of Scaring Customers With Updates On E. Coli Outbreak

In the wake of outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, Chipotle has made a relatively public display of its efforts to improve — giving away free food while implementing new safety standards. However, the burrito chain believes that one federal agency’s constant updates about these outbreaks ultimately resulted in customers fretting too much about food safety.  [More]

(Erin Collins)

Alfalfa Sprouts Under Investigation For Salmonella And E. Coli Formally Recalled

Last week, we brought you the news that there were two unrelated investigations into bean sprout producers, but no recalls yet. Maybe, we thought, it’s time to put warning labels on sprouts served raw in sandwich shops and salad bars, telling people to eat at their own risk. Now the sprouts involved in both incidents have been formally recalled. [More]

If You’re Still Eating Raw Sprouts, You May Want To Rethink That

If You’re Still Eating Raw Sprouts, You May Want To Rethink That

Sprouts are a tasty addition to a salad, a sandwich, or a stir fry, but they’re also grown in water and usually eaten raw. That makes them excellent vehicles to bring a variety of foodborne pathogens straight from the farm or processing plant to your mouth. Over a year ago, we wondered whether everyone should just stop buying and eating sprouts, and since then, the sprout-growing industry hasn’t done anything to make us change our minds. [More]

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7 Things We Learned About Food Safety Oversight From A Foodborne Illness Expert

Foodborne illness outbreaks have dominated the news in recent months: E. coli and norovirus at Chipotlelisteria in prepackaged Dole salad mixes, and salmonella in cucumbers. These outbreaks have sickened — and in some cases killed — consumers,  and one food safety expert says that inadequate safety oversight is at least partly to blame. [More]

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To Make Up For Outbreaks, Chipotle Wants To Cater Your Super Bowl Party

Since Chipotle’s foodborne illness issues came to light last fall, the company has tried to win back customers by sending its CEO on an apology tour, revamping its food service standards, and now it’s looking to customers’ wallets.  [More]

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Chipotle’s Woes Reportedly Leading To Layoffs At Suppliers

Chipotle’s recent foodborne illness issues — a six-state e.coli contamination that sickened more than 50 people and a norvirus outbreak that left more than 150 customers ill in Boston — haven’t just caused problems for the fast casual restaurant in terms of slumping sales and dropping stock prices, it’s also reportedly trickled down the chain to the company’s suppliers in the form of layoffs.  [More]

Chipotle To Give Employees Paid Sick Leave So They Don’t Make Customers Ill

Chipotle To Give Employees Paid Sick Leave So They Don’t Make Customers Ill

Today Chipotle released more information on what exactly it’ll be discussing with employees when the chain shuts down all locations for a few hours on Feb. 8 to discuss the E. Coli and Norovirus outbreaks that hit the chain in 2015. Along with previously announced new food safety protocols, Chipotle says it will offer paid sick leave so that employees who are ill don’t have an incentive to show up to work, thus avoiding the risk of making customers sick as well. [More]