No Product Found to Compare to VT Outbreak Strain — or to Recall

October 23, 2015

An all-too-common problem for foodborne illness investigations is that the only real evidence gets eaten. That appears to be what happened with the E. coli illnesses in Vermont last month, where 11 people had E. coli O157:H7 infections that state health officials blamed on likely contamination from undercooked hamburgers.

Food Safety News last reported on the outbreak associated with the popular Worthy Burger restaurant and brew pub in South Royalton, VT, on Oct. 20, when it was still widely believed that Shiga toxin-producing bacteria had been found in an unopened package of beef on the shelf of Worthy Burger’s walk-in cooler.…