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What will Brexit mean for food safety?

What will Brexit mean for food safety?

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

On 23rd June the UK electorate decided, albeit narrowly, that it no longer wants to be part of the EU. To help voters make one of the most important democratic decisions they were ever likely to face, both remain and leave camps served up a selection of suppositions, arrogant and fanciful assertions, misleading statistics, half […]

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E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

| July 6, 2016

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 phage type (PT) 34 infection in the UK that may be linked to the consumption of mixed salad, including rocket (also known as rucola) leaves. A total of 109 cases had been identified up to 4th July, with 102 cases in England, 6 […]

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Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour

Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour

| June 2, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (STEC O121) infections that has been linked to flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri. The first cases became ill in late December 2015 and the outbreak has so far affected […]

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Campylobacter on chicken results show improvement

Campylobacter on chicken results show improvement

| June 2, 2016

The UK Food Standards Agency has published the latest results from its survey of Campylobacter on fresh retail chickens, revealing a decrease in both the number of contaminated birds and those with the highest level of contamination from the equivalent period in 2015. The results relate to the period from January to March 2016 – […]

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CDC publishes annual foodborne disease outbreak report

CDC publishes annual foodborne disease outbreak report

| May 18, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, United States, 2014, Annual Report, providing data on recognised outbreaks caused by foodborne agents in which the first illness occurred in 2014. Overall the report shows that 864 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported during the year, resulting in 13,246 […]

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Listeria outbreak prompts multiple recalls

Listeria outbreak prompts multiple recalls

| May 13, 2016

A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections in the USA that has been linked to frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington, has led to a series of large product recalls by other food manufacturers that have used frozen vegetables supplied by the company in their own products. The outbreak has affected […]

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Listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled frozen vegetables

Listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled frozen vegetables

| May 6, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with state health officials and the FDA to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections that may be associated with frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington. The outbreak has affected at least eight people from three states since 13 […]

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EFSA assesses risk from process contaminants in vegetable oils

EFSA assesses risk from process contaminants in vegetable oils

| May 6, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expert Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain has published the results of a risk assessment for glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, other vegetable oils and margarines, and some processed foods. The Panel considered the risks to public health from glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD) […]

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Ongoing listeriosis outbreak reported in Italy

Ongoing listeriosis outbreak reported in Italy

| May 3, 2016

Public health agencies have reported an ongoing outbreak of foodborne Listeria monocytogenes infections in Ancona province in central Italy. The source of the outbreak has not yet been clearly identified. In the first seven weeks of 2016, five Listeria monocytogenes serotype 1/2a strains were isolated from six patients with invasive listeriosis in Ancona province. Genetic […]

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EFSA to review effects of BPA on the immune system

EFSA to review effects of BPA on the immune system

| April 27, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that it is setting up an expert working group to evaluate new scientific evidence on the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the human immune system. The review follows the publication of a report by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), […]

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