E.Coli seems to hog the spotlight a lot these days—albeit in unwelcome circumstances.
According to a recent FSIS report, a strain of E.Coli (0157:H7) has been traced to 700 pounds of beef tongue root fillet sold in a store in Dodge City, Kansas. A box of the beef product, made by the National Beef Packing Co., weighs 30 pounds.
The FSIS recalled the boxes with product code 12753 and establishment number EST.262. The boxes also bore the USDA mark of inspection.
Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli, ranks second on Forbes.com’s list of five deadliest foodborne bacteria (next to Listeria). E. coli contamination has been more common these past few years.
E.Coli is a naturally occurring bacteria in human and animal intestinal tracts. It is belongs to the family of bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae, characterized by an anaerobic Gram-negative rod.
There are a lot of types of E. coli but only some of them can make you ill. The type of E. coli that causes a person to have bloody diarrhea is called enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). Another common type of E. coli is the O157:H7, which causes people to have severe anemia and kidney failure, eventually leading to death.
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Causes of E. coli Infection
You can get infected with E.Coli when you come in contact with contaminated with human or animal feces. These can get into your food or drinks due to poor hygiene or sanitation. You can also contract the illness when an infected person handles your food.
E. Coli Contamination of Food and Beverage
There are lots of ways where E. coli can get into your food or drink. Contamination routes include meat or food processing, and unsafe food handling.
Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 and Tips for its Prevention
Symptoms usually manifest within 3 to 4 days or after a week of exposure to the bacteria. These symptoms include diarrhea (which can be watery or bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.
To prevent the spread of E.Coli infection, wash your hands before and after handling food, using the comfort room, or coming in contact sick with E. coli infection. If you suspect being infected with E. coli, consult your doctor immediately.
Make sure to cook food based on recommended cooking temperatures. For more information on FDA’s safe cooking temperatures click here.
Complications Stemming from E. Coli Infection
People can develop hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and renal failure from an E.Coli infection. This is most commonly known as hemolytic uremic syndrome.
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National Beef Packing Co was the sole supplier of the contaminated beef products according to FSIS. Fortunately, no consumer has reported incidences relating to the contamination. For more information about the recall, visit the FSIS website.