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Local Food Distributor Recalls Products Contaminated With E.coli

Transporting perishable food products ... delivering a recipe for success

26. Despite no cases being reported within the past two weeks, some of the illnesses related to the outbreak may not have been reported yet, according to the CDC website. There is often a delay between when individuals become ill and when those illnesses are reported to the proper authorities and linked to the outbreak. Although no deaths have occurred due to the outbreak, six patients were hospitalized. Two of the cases have escalated to hemolytic uremic syndrome, or kidney failure resulting from E.coli infection. In addition to the original manufacturers recall, Whole Foods issued its own recall Tuesday, detailing which of its Northern California locations may have carried contaminated products. These include stores in Oakland, Fremont and Walnut Creek.

Food Map developed by city and Chamber

As a small producer of chilled foods The Wild Meat Company faces many challenges in distribution both on the wholesale and consumer side. The Suffolk-based game dealer harvests wild game from local farms and estates, processes it at their cutting plant and sells it wholesale to retailers and restaurants across the country, as well as by mail order direct to the consumer. One thing they would like to see is more haulage and transport companies that are set-up for small businesses. "It costs almost as much to send one palette as if we were to fill the whole lorry with 28 palettes, and these costs are increasing year and year as the cost of fuel rises," said The Wild Meat Company co- founder Robert Gooch.

The City of Campbell River, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, is developing a Food Map to make it even easier to find local food products and promote local businesses. The web-based Food Map will help raise awareness about local food production, processing and purchasing by identifying retailers, restaurants and farms selling local, regional and Vancouver Islandsourced agricultural products. "This project will help strengthen the local economy and support a positive business climate," said Colleen Evans, president and CEO of the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce. "The Food Map builds on the Chamber's 'Think Local' initiative by promoting local businesses that offer agriculture and food products grown and produced in our community.

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