Doublespeak: It’s non-O157, but it’s still STEC, Schrader farms meat market recalls beef

Schrader Farms Meat Market, a Romulus, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 20 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

big-brother-1984The ground beef item was produced on September 2, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:

1-lb. packages containing of “SCHRADER FARMS Meat Market Ground Beef” or “SCHRADER FARMS Meat Market GROUND BEEF, BULK” with a pack date of September 2, 2015. 

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “Est. 44950” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were sold at the Schrader Farms retail store in Seneca County, New York.         

The problem was discovered during routine establishment testing, however this establishment failed to follow FSIS Notice 56-14 “Control of Agency Tested Products for Adulterants” and product was released in to commerce prematurely. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157.

Big Brother or better handwashing tool?

Big Brother on CBS may have competition with a handwashing tool. University of Florida researchers have developed a handwashing-monitoring system called HyGreen. It has been developed to promote handwashing and increase compliance rates in healthcare workers.

How does it work? When a healthcare worker deposits hand sanitizer in their hands, they wave them under a sensor. The sensor sends a wireless signal to a badge on the individual’s body. Later, once the worker approaches a patient, a sensor on the patient’s bed signals and reads the worker’s badge to determine the last time hands were sanitized or washed. If it is within acceptable time (not specified), the worker receives a green light, if not, the badge vibrates to remind the worker to sanitize hands again.

The HyGreen system is being used at the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Shands UF and during the meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, which ended today.