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Fresh curd products recalled over Listeria risk

Fresh curd products recalled over Listeria risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Global Garlic Inc., of Miami is recalling two De Mi Pais fresh curd products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products are Cuajada Fresca and Cuajada Olanchana, both packed in 12oz plastic bags and labelled with the UPC […]

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Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts – update

Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts – update

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an update on a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infection, which has been linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of New York. As of 2 December, a total of 87 people in 11 states have been infected by the outbreak […]

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Salmonella contamination prompts liquid egg white recall

Salmonella contamination prompts liquid egg white recall

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a Product Recall Information Notice relating to GoFood Liquid Egg Whites supplied by GoNutrition. Some bottles of the product have tested positive for Salmonella. The recalled product is labelled GoFood Liquid Egg Whites Barn Farmed and is packaged in 1,000 ml bottles with a lot code 441202.12.05 […]

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Enchiladas recalled over Salmonella risk

Enchiladas recalled over Salmonella risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Overhill Farms, Inc. of Vernon, California, is voluntarily recalling frozen Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product is a frozen prepared dinner packaged in a 9-oz. box and marked with a lot code 141006 and a ‘Best by’ […]

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Editors blog

Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter has been the commonest cause of foodborne disease in the UK for nearly ten years. Yet until quite recently, comparatively few people had ever heard of it. That is changing rapidly as the mainstream media begins to focus much more attention on this rather unusual pathogen. The latest flurry of coverage was generated last […]

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Food safety in a shrinking world

Food safety in a shrinking world

When I read that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had been looking at the risk of Ebola transmission through bushmeat illegally imported into Europe from Africa I was a bit surprised. It seemed such a parochial thing to be doing when the three countries in the grip of the current Ebola outbreak in West […]

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Learning from the mistakes of others

Learning from the mistakes of others

It is almost always instructive to read the detailed reports of investigations into food poisoning outbreaks, especially when the specific causes of the outbreak are clearly identified and properly explained. Often, the problem will have been traced to a systemic flaw or human error and the findings can be very helpful for other food manufacturers […]

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Food crime cannot be prevented on the cheap

Food crime cannot be prevented on the cheap

In my last post I called on the UK Government to publish the final version of Professor Chris Elliot’s report on the implications of the 2013 horsemeat scandal for our food supply. According to newspaper reports, publication was to be postponed until at least the autumn, but to the surprise of many, the report appeared […]

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New Research

‘Chicken juice’ helps Campylobacter survive in biofilms

‘Chicken juice’ helps Campylobacter survive in biofilms

Researchers from the UK Institute of Food Research have been investigating how the comparatively fragile cells of the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni manage to survive in poultry processing environments outside of the avian intestinal tract. Specifically, they looked at the role of a chicken meat exudate (chicken juice) from defrosted frozen birds by investigating its […]

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EFSA announces new research funding opportunities

EFSA announces new research funding opportunities

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to provide a new funding stream for research into microbiological and chemical hazard assessment, two areas that it considers crucial for current and future risk assessment work. The new funding is available to eligible scientific organisations from EU Member States and calls for research proposals in two specific […]

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Report highlights hepatitis A risk in Europe after 2013 outbreaks

Report highlights hepatitis A risk in Europe after 2013 outbreaks

Researchers from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Maastricht University Medical Centre have published a report into three multi-country foodborne outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection reported in 2013 and their implications for the EU. The three outbreaks concerned were reported between March and May 2013 and affected more than 400 […]

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FDA launches food safety challenge

FDA launches food safety challenge

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a prize competition to search for a potential breakthrough idea for the rapid detection of pathogenic microorganisms in food – particularly Salmonella in fresh produce. The 2014 Food Safety Challenge carries a total prize pool of $500,000 and is looking for innovative ideas and technologies designed […]

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Feature Articles

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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CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

The issue of food allergy has become an increasingly important one for the food industry over the last ten years. The prevalence of allergic reactions to certain foods seems to be increasing in the population and legislation has been introduced requiring food businesses to label foods containing major allergens. This has created a significant new […]

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EFSA amends food allergen advice

EFSA amends food allergen advice

| December 2, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published an updated Scientific Opinion on allergens in food based on a review of all published data on the prevalence of food allergy in Europe. The Opinion includes detailed information about all of the 14 allergenic food products and substances, including peanuts, milk, eggs and shellfish, whose presence […]

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MEPs call for nano-food moratorium

MEPs call for nano-food moratorium

| December 2, 2014

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have amended European Commission plans for a simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods and proposed a moratorium on the use of nano-materials in food until their safety has been fully assessed. The draft legislation is intended to encourage food innovation in the EU and sets out clear deadlines and […]

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Survey results show continuing high levels of Campylobacter in chicken

Survey results show continuing high levels of Campylobacter in chicken

| November 27, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published cumulative results from the first two quarters of a 12-month survey of Campylobacter levels in fresh chickens on retail sale. The survey shows that about 70% of chickens tested positive for the pathogen. The survey began in February and the published results relate to 1,995 samples of […]

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