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European Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to meat

European Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to meat

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have released a joint Rapid Outbreak Assessment relating to reports of infection with an unusual strain of Salmonella Typhimurium from six EU countries. To date, 38 cases of infection by monophasic S. Typhimurium with a previously unknown MLVA (multiple-locus […]

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CDC investigates cyclosporiasis outbreak

CDC investigates cyclosporiasis outbreak

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating 304 confirmed cases of infection with the protozoan intestinal parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis that have been reported in 2014. Cases of cyclosporiasis are often associated with foreign travel, but 207 of the reported cases in 19 states had no history of international travel in the […]

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Eggs suspected as source of European Salmonella outbreak

Eggs suspected as source of European Salmonella outbreak

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that an international outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b infection, which has affected people in the UK, Austria, France and Germany, may be linked to eggs from a single packing facility in southern Germany. An epidemiological link between cases of illness in Austria, France and Germany and eggs […]

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Is Frederick Accum’s legacy being squandered?

Is Frederick Accum’s legacy being squandered?

In 1820 a little book was published in Britain and the USA that shocked its readers and arguably began the process that led to modern food law in Europe and North America. A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons was penned by a German-born chemist called Frederick Accum, who lived and worked in […]

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Poultry processors in the firing line

Poultry processors in the firing line

Campylobacter is by far the most common cause of foodborne illness in Europe and North America, but you wouldn’t know that from the little attention it gets in the media. At least that was the case until 23 July, when the Guardian newspaper published a report called Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry […]

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Tackling food fraud – industry pre-empts government

Tackling food fraud – industry pre-empts government

There is a popular belief that the food industry is motivated entirely by profit, often at the expense of public health. Clearly, it would be foolish to argue that food manufacturers and retailers do not care about profit – no business that doesn’t make money is sustainable – but it is equally foolish to suggest […]

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New method helps track foodborne disease outbreaks

New method helps track foodborne disease outbreaks

A new computer-assisted method developed jointly by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the IBM Almaden Research Centre and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyses sales data to help identify contaminated foods involved in disease outbreaks. The probability-based method takes data on the types and quantities of foods sold in […]

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Cinnamon oil kills pathogenic E. coli strains

Cinnamon oil kills pathogenic E. coli strains

A newly published study by researchers at Washington State University in the USA has found that an essential oil from cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is an effective antibacterial agent against several strains of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). The researchers tested the oil, the major component of which is cinnamaldehyde, for antibacterial activity against […]

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Study suggests fungal contaminant in recalled yoghurt is pathogenic

Study suggests fungal contaminant in recalled yoghurt is pathogenic

Researchers at Duke University in the USA have been examining the genetics of a fungal isolate obtained from a sample of recalled Greek yoghurt and have concluded that it could be a foodborne pathogen. The Greek yoghurt, produced by Chobani Inc. of Twin Falls, Idaho, was recalled in September last year after complaints of swelling […]

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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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NAMING THE GUILTY – identifying the causes of food poisoning outbreaks

NAMING THE GUILTY – identifying the causes of food poisoning outbreaks

When an outbreak of foodborne infection is reported, one of the most important tasks facing investigators is to identify the microorganism responsible. But determining the species is often not enough. Outbreak strains of bacteria or viruses need to be characterised (typed and subtyped) in much greater detail, both to confirm that suspected cases are linked, […]

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Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to nut butter

Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to nut butter

| September 2, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infection that has been linked to consumption of nut butter products manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods Inc. To date, four cases of infection with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been recorded since 1st January in four […]

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International Salmonella outbreak under investigation

International Salmonella outbreak under investigation

| August 19, 2014

Public Health England (PHE) has announced that it is investigating a large outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b in England that may be linked to outbreaks in France and Austria. Over 200 people have been affected in localised outbreaks in England since 1 June, all of which were caused by the same strain of S. Enteritidis. […]

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Recalled ground beef linked to illnesses

Recalled ground beef linked to illnesses

| August 19, 2014

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Whole Foods Market stores in South Weymouth and Newton in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection. The recall affects multiple products sold through both locations and produced on 8, 10 […]

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