Posts Tagged ‘e. coli’

Water bottles recalled

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

water glass and bottleCertain bottles of water produced by Niagara Bottling have been voluntarily recalled by the company even though reportedly no one has become sick from the water. The company is recalling the bottles to be extra careful, because one of the springs that supplies the water was found to have the E. coli bacteria at its source. Some kinds of E.coli bacteria can cause disease and even death in people.

The recall affects water bottles produced during June 10 – June 18th at two of Niagara’s bottling facilities.

You can check the label on your water bottle to see if you have any of the affected bottles by going to Niagara’s website. This recall affects the following brands:

Acadia Spring Water
Acme Spring Water
Big Y Spring Water
Best Yet Spring Water
7-11 Spring Water
Niagara Spring Water
Nature’s Place Spring Water
Pricerite Spring Water
Superchill Spring Water
Morning Fresh Spring Water
Shaws Spring Water
Shoprite Spring Water
Western Beef Blue Spring Water
Wegmans Spring Water

The company website states “If you don’t see your product on the list, it was completely unaffected by the recall and is completely safe to drink.”

If you have any concern, you can contact their Consumer Affairs Department at (888) 943-4894.



Memorial Day weekend food safety

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Grill2Memorial Day weekend is here and it is the unofficial start of summer–hooray! This weekend many of us will be going to cook-outs. Although these can be lots of fun, if you are pregnant, it is very important to make sure that you take the appropriate precautions.

Keep these safety tips in mind when preparing foods that are frequently associated with food-borne illness:

• CLEAN: Wash hands and food preparation surfaces often. And wash fresh fruits and vegetables carefully.

• SEPARATE: Don’t cross-contaminate!  When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods.

• COOK: Cook to proper temperature. See the Minimum Cooking Temperatures chart for details on cooking meats, poultry, eggs, leftovers, and casseroles. Internal temperatures should be 145°F for whole meats, 160°F for ground meats, and 165°F for all poultry. After you remove meat from a grill, oven, or other heat source, allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. During the rest time, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful germs.

• CHILL: At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. The more bacteria there are, the greater the chance you could become sick. So, refrigerate foods quickly because cold temperatures keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying

Hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken need to be cooked thoroughly. And make sure that any pasta or potato salads, especially those with mayonnaise, are kept cold and out of the sun. During meal times, while food is being served and eaten, keep it hot (at 140˚F or above). After meals are over, refrigerate leftovers quickly and don’t keep them out for too long (within 1 hour during the summer).

Remember that although food poisoning is miserable for anyone, it poses special risks to pregnant women and their unborn babies because pregnancy affects your immune system. Your immune system is your body’s way of protecting itself from illnesses and diseases. But when you’re pregnant, your immune system isn’t as quick to respond to illnesses as it was before pregnancy. Your body knows that pregnancy is OK and that it shouldn’t reject your baby. So, your body naturally lowers the immune system’s ability to protect you and respond to illnesses so that it can welcome your growing baby. A lowered immune system means you’re more susceptible to illnesses, including those bacteria that cause food poisoning.

Enjoy your Memorial Day but just make sure you take the appropriate precautions at all of those backyard cookouts so that you have a fun and safe weekend. And of course, we want to say thank you to all the many men and women and their families who have given so much to keep our country safe and secure. It is important for us to recognize their dedication and sacrifice Memorial Day and everyday.

Is unpasteurized milk safe?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

milkRaw milk and milk products from cows, goats, and sheep can transmit life-threatening bacterial infections. In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises pregnant women, infants and children to consume only pasteurized milk, cheese and other milk products, and supports a ban on the sale of raw milk in the U.S.

The policy statement, “Consumption of Raw or UnpasteurizedMilk and Milk Products by Pregnant Women and Children,” published in the January 2014 Pediatrics (released online Dec. 16), reviews evidence of the risks of consuming unpasteurized milk and milk products in the U.S., especially among pregnant women, infants, and children.

“Consumption of raw milk or milk products can result in severe and life-threatening illnesses such as miscarriage and stillbirths in pregnant women, and meningitis and blood-borne infections in both young infants and pregnant women,” said Yvonne Maldonado, MD, FAAP, the lead author of the policy statement. AAP asserts that numerous data show pasteurized milk provides the same nutritional benefits as raw milk, without the risk of deadly infections including Listeria, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Brucella and E. coli.

The AAP supports the position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other national and international associations in endorsing the consumption of only pasteurized milk and milk products for pregnant women, infants, and children. The AAP also endorses a ban on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk or milk products in the U.S., including certain raw milk cheeses. For more information, click on this link.

Picnic perils

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

bbq1The 4th of July seems to be when summer BBQs abound. Grills get fired up and freezers are stocked with popsicles. It’s always great to kick back and relax, but it’s also important to remember to keep foods fresh and safe from nasty things like salmonella and e coli.

If you’re part of what is called an “at-risk” or “vulnerable” population, a foodborne illness can be extremely dangerous. Symptoms—such as vomiting, diarrhea and fever—can intensify and the illness can become life-threatening. Those most at risk are the very young (under 1 year); older adults; the immune-compromised (those whose immune systems are less able to fight off harmful bacteria); and women who are pregnant.

Things to keep in mind while enjoying summer cookouts are:
• Keep raw meat and poultry separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
• Minimize mayonnaise when you’ll be outside for long periods. I have stopped making potato salad with mayo and now use olive oil and lemon juice instead. It keeps much longer.
• Refrigerate any leftovers a.s.a.p., and never eat cooked food that has been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.

If you’re pregnant, there are several more things you need to know, like avoiding soft cheeses, raw sprouts and unpasteurized juices, and limiting the amount of certain fish you eat. Be sure to read more about foods to avoid or limit during pregnancy on our web site.

BBQs and potato salad

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

bbqHave you started to enjoy the fun foods of picnics and BBQs? Independence Day seems to be when my family feels summer is really here. Our grill was fired up yesterday and the freezer was stocked with popsicles. It’s always great to kick back and relax, but it’s also important to remember to keep foods fresh and safe from nasty things like salmonella and e coli.

Things to keep in mind while enjoying summer cookouts are:
• Keep raw meat and poultry separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
• Minimize mayonnaise when you’ll be outside for long periods. I have stopped making potato salad with mayo and now use olive oil and lemon juice instead. It keeps much longer.
• Refrigerate any leftovers a.s.a.p., and never eat cooked food that has been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.

If you’re pregnant, there are several more things you need to know, like avoiding soft cheeses, raw sprouts and unpasteurized juices, and limiting the amount of certain fish you eat.  Be sure to read more about food-borne risks in pregnancy on our web site.

Happy summer!

Don’t play in the water!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

flood-waterMany of us on the east coast are dealing with flooded basements and yards in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Today the sun is shining, it’s warm and the outdoors is inviting – disaster not withstanding. The kids aren’t back in school yet and may be quite tempted to go out and splash in all the water that has suddenly arrived. Don’t let them!

That pool of potential fun that is in your yard is likely contaminated with everything that you and your neighbors store in your garage: pesticides; weed killer; solvents; gasoline… And, yes, sewage is out there, too.  If you live “up stream” from any commercial or industrial areas, there could be agricultural or industrial products in the water, too. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Floodwater often contains infectious organisms, including intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella; Hepatitis A Virus, tetanus…”

Keep your children away from flooded areas. If you are out cleaning up your yard or helping others, be sure to wear gloves and boots. Wash your hands with soap and clean, running water every time you take a break, even if you don’t think you have come in contact with the water.

To learn more about safe clean up, read this information from OSHA.

Dismal diarrhea

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

If you have kids, sooner or later you’ll be faced with the delights of dealing with diarrhea – runny, watery poop. It’s caused by all sorts of yucky things from contaminated water or food, to bacteria or viruses or parasites. Antibiotics that treat one problem can give another by breaking down all the good bacteria that lives in the bowel and letting the bad bacteria breed. (Probiotics can help prevent this backlash.)

How do you deal with this miserable condition? First of all, call your child’s health care provider if there is any pain, fever or blood in the stool. If these don’t exist but the diarrhea continues for five days or more, call the doc.

Give your little one plenty of liquids, especially ones that are electrolyte-balanced. Popsicles are nice treats, but they also provide liquid. Stay away from high-sugar fruit juices and sodas.

As mentioned above, probiotics can help regulate the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.  Talk with your child’s provider about what probiotic would be best. Some powders can be mixed into foods, breastmilk or formula.

Milk products can irritate sensitive digestive tracts, so if diarrhea continues more than a couple of days, try eliminating milk products from your child’s diet for a while. Then reintroduce yogurt because it’s loaded with good bacteria. And the bland BRAT diet (interesting name…) gives the irritated innards time to rest and regroup. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and dry toast.

We’re entering into BBQ season with the return of warm weather. It’s important to keep foods cool and protected from E. coli and Salmonella.  Follow good food safety guidelines and have fun.

Cranberry juice and UTIs

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

cranberry-juiceWe have written before on urinary tract infections (UTIs) – infections that affect many women.  Left untreated in a pregnant woman, a UTI can lead to preterm labor, so it’s important to prevent or treat them right away.

Lately, we have had several women ask us if cranberry juice helps to get rid of a UTI. Studies show that it doesn’t clear up an active infection, but it might help prevent another one. Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts proved that there are metabolites in cranberry juice that prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to other bacteria, multiplying and causing infection. Their study, published last fall, demonstrated the preventive benefit of cranberry juice in as little as eight hours after drinking it.

I love the taste of cranberry juice, but if you don’t you can get the same benefits from taking cranberry tablets or capsules. Important note: do NOT drink cranberry juice or take the pills if you or your family has a history of kidney stones. It can increase the levels of calcium and oxalate in your urine, possibly causing brushite kidney stones, which are otherwise fairly rare.

To help avoid getting UTIs: drink plenty of water throughout the day; use the toilet before and after sex; always wipe from front to back;; take showers instead of baths.  If you think you may have a UTI, don’t self-treat and call your doctor. You want to be sure to nip it in the bud. Antibiotics usually clear up a UTI very quickly.

Romaine lettuce issues

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

romaine-lettuceIf you are working on getting to a healthy weight before getting pregnant, you may be eating lots of vegetables, fruits and plenty of salad. Last week you may have read or heard on the news that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recalled certain packages of romaine lettuce due to an outbreak of food-borne illness that has sickened at least 19 people in three states.  Today, Vaughn Foods has now joined Freshway Foods in voluntarily recalling romaine lettuce packages with a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier.

I just read an update that federal and state officials confirm a link between the bagged romaine lettuce and E. coli O145 illness outbreak. While most adults recover from the diarrheal illness caused by E. coli within a week, E. coli O145 can turn into a very serious condition.  Symptoms of infection with harmful E. coli may range from none to mild diarrhea to severe complications. The acute symptoms include severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may be bloody. Some people may get serious complications, such as kidney damage. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourage anyone who has experienced the symptoms after eating romaine lettuce products described here to contact his or her health care provider immediately.

For more information, read the FDA update.

FDA Warns Not to Eat Nestle Toll House Prepackaged, Refrigerated Cookie Dough

Friday, June 19th, 2009

cookiesToday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli

The FDA and CDC recommend that you:
– Throw away any prepackaged, refrigerated Nestle Toll House cookie dough products you may have in your home.
– Do not cook the dough because you might get the bacteria on your hands and on other cooking surfaces.
– Contact your health care professional immediately if you or your family have recently eaten the dough and have had stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without bloody stools.
– If you have additional questions about the recalled products, contact Nestle consumer services at 800-559-5025 or visit the company’s Web site.

Read the FDA warning and safe food handling information at this link: