Topps E. coli outbreak traced to Canada

Oct 27, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the recent outbreak of E. coli linked to Topps Meat Company has been traced to a Canadian supplier.

DNA fingerprints, called PFGE patterns, from beef trim supplied by a Canadian firm, Ranchers Beef Ltd., matched those from patients who became sick and from positive tests on product that was later recalled by Topps, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday in a release.

The PFGE information was provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Service.

Ranchers Beef Ltd., in Balzac, Alberta, ceased operations Aug. 15, although some product remained in storage and was collected and tested by CFIA as part of the joint investigation of the Topps recall, and as part of CFIA's investigation into 45 illnesses in Canada from E. coli O157:H7.

FSIS has notified processors to hold all boneless beef manufacturing trim from Ranchers Beef Ltd., Canadian establishment number 630, or raw products produced in whole or in part from these products until the joint investigation is completed.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Up to one million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries: UN

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Fingers pointed as climate talks deadlock

2 hours ago

Accusations flew at deadlocked UN climate talks in Lima on Saturday, as the United States warned that failure to compromise could doom the 22-year-old global forum.

Fun cryptography app pleases students and teachers

12 hours ago

Up on Google Play this week is Cryptoy...something that you might want to check out if you or someone you know wishes entry into the world of cryptography via an educational and fun app. You learn more about ciphers and keys; you ...

Recommended for you

New hope for rare disease drug development

10 hours ago

Using combinations of well-known approved drugs has for the first time been shown to be potentially safe in treating a rare disease, according to the results of a clinical trial published in the open access Orphanet Journal of ...

Three weeks since last Ebola case in Mali: WHO

12 hours ago

Mali has not had a case of Ebola for three weeks, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, completing one of the two incubation periods the country needs to be declared free of the virus.

Migraine may double risk for facial paralysis

13 hours ago

Migraine headache may double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell's palsy, according to a new study published in the December 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journa ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.