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Barber Foods expands stuffed chicken product recall

Barber Foods expands stuffed chicken product recall

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Barber Foods, of Portland, Maine, is expanding a recall of frozen, stuffed, raw chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The company recalled approximately 58,000 pounds of a chicken Kiev product on 2 July after it was linked to four cases of […]

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Global food contamination data published

Global food contamination data published

According to new data released by the Fera (the UK’s reference laboratory for chemicals in foods) HorizonScan service, Pesticides (13.5%), Salmonella (11.1%) and mycotoxins (7.1%) were the most frequently reported food contaminants globally over the last quarter. However, taken as a category, it was microbial contaminants that accounted for the highest number of reports (approximately […]

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Salmonella outbreak linked to raw breaded chicken products – update

Salmonella outbreak linked to raw breaded chicken products – update

The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada continue to collaborate with provincial health officials to investigate an outbreak of human Salmonella infection associated with exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products. The Salmonella serovar involved in the outbreak is not specified, but 47 cases have now been reported […]

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Chicken Kiev product recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

Chicken Kiev product recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Barber Foods, of Portland, Maine, is recalling approximately 58,320 pounds of frozen raw stuffed chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled product was produced on 29 January, 20 February and 23 April this year and is packed in 2-lb 4-oz […]

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Editors blog

For some food safety risks consumers are still the last line of defence

For some food safety risks consumers are still the last line of defence

In recent weeks we have seen several Salmonella outbreaks all linked to the same type of food – namely frozen raw chicken products. An outbreak in Canada associated with chicken nuggets affected 47 people, while two more in the USA linked to stuffed chicken Kiev type products accounted for a further nine cases. Large recalls […]

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Food testing is useful, but not infallible

Food testing is useful, but not infallible

More and more testing is being performed on food products worldwide with every year that passes. Despite the advent of HACCP – and the virtual abandonment of quality control testing as a means of ensuring food safety and quality – ever lengthening supply chains and consumer concerns about safety have driven a steady increase in […]

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Antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain – time to act

Antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain – time to act

The issue of antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic bacteria is at last being taken seriously at a high level, with calls for more funding for the development of new drugs and action to prevent the overuse of clinically important antibiotics. This is very much a case of ‘better late than never’ – it’s about 45 years […]

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Food safety off the radar for UK politicians

Food safety off the radar for UK politicians

Polling stations open for business on Thursday morning in the UK and the country is firmly in the grip of election fever as I write. With the electorate poised to deliver its verdict on who should be entrusted with running things for the next five years it seems like a good time to examine the […]

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New Research

Delay fresh produce harvest after rain to reduce risk

Delay fresh produce harvest after rain to reduce risk

Researchers at Cornell University in the USA have discovered that waiting 24 hours after rain or irrigation before harvesting can reduce the risk of foodborne illness from fresh produce. The researchers looked at the frequency of isolation of Listeria monocytogenes in spinach in fields in New York State and found that the chances of finding […]

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Optical method can identify individual bacteria

Optical method can identify individual bacteria

A team of researchers from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea have developed a new optical method that is said to be capable of identifying bacterial species at the single bacterium level. The new method works by directing a laser onto bacterial cells under a modified microscope to […]

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Phages in chicken could help spread antibiotic resistance

Phages in chicken could help spread antibiotic resistance

Newly published research by investigators at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria revealed that many samples of chicken meat on retail sale contained phages (viruses that infect bacteria) capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes between bacterial cells. The research team analysed 50 samples of chicken meat purchased from supermarkets and butchers in Austria […]

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FDA Food Safety Challenge finalists announced

FDA Food Safety Challenge finalists announced

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed the names of the five finalists in its Food Safety Challenge to develop promising new approaches for achieving big improvements in the speed of detection methods for Salmonella in fresh produce. The finalists are as follows: A team at Auburn University with a method combing magnetoelastic […]

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Feature Articles

THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS – an overlooked cause of foodborne disease

THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS – an overlooked cause of foodborne disease

Bacteria are by far the most common and best known causes of foodborne illness in the developed world and the food industry is well aware of the risks presented by Salmonella, E. coli O157 and other bacterial pathogens. But there are also a small group of disease-causing viruses that can be transmitted by contaminated food. […]

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A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

Supply chains have become ever longer and more complex as food production has developed into a truly global industry. The need to monitor the safety of food at every stage means that microbiological testing remains a key weapon in the fight against food contamination and the volume of testing undertaken continues to grow. Today’s laboratories […]

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HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

The HACCP-driven hygiene procedures in place in modern food production facilities are an essential part of ensuring safety and quality in the food supply chain. Clean food handling and processing equipment is a prerequisite for good hygiene, but the effectiveness of cleaning must also be monitored and recorded.

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

The development of antibiotics in the 1940s led to a revolution in the treatment of infectious diseases. But after more than 60 years of use and misuse, many antibiotics have lost much of their effectiveness as bacteria develop resistance to them. This situation has arisen partly as a result of overuse in clinical medicine, but […]

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EFSA advises retailers on safe storage temperatures for pre-packed fish

EFSA advises retailers on safe storage temperatures for pre-packed fish

| July 9, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published new scientific and technical assistance on the evaluation of the safe storage temperature that should be applied to pre-packed fishery products at retail. The advice was compiled by a Working Group and based on a literature search and the use of published predictive microbiology growth models. The […]

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Agency rescinds recall of ground cumin batch

Agency rescinds recall of ground cumin batch

| July 1, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that it has rescinded a recall of a batch of ground cumin sold by the Bart Ingredients Company that had tested positive for the presence of undeclared almond protein. Results from Bart Ingredients own testing of the same batch contradicted the positive result and further analysis of samples […]

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Raw breaded chicken products linked to Salmonella outbreak

Raw breaded chicken products linked to Salmonella outbreak

| July 1, 2015

The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada are currently collaborating with provincial health officials to investigate an outbreak of human Salmonella infection associated with exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products. The Salmonella serovar involved in the outbreak is not specified, but 44 cases have been reported in […]

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