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Mars recalls milk drinks with elevated Bacillus counts

Mars recalls milk drinks with elevated Bacillus counts

Mars Chocolate Drinks is recalling branded drinks packed in sports-cap bottles and 750ml ‘fridge pack’ bottles because of a possible health risk caused by elevated levels of Bacillus species bacteria. The following produces are included in the recall – Sports-cap bottles: Mars Milk (350ml, 376 ml) Starburst Strawberry Drink (350 ml) Bounty Drink (350ml) Snickers […]

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Ground Oregano recalled over Salmonella risk

Ground Oregano recalled over Salmonella risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that McCormick & Company Incorporated is voluntarily recalling 1,032 cases of McCormick┬« Ground Oregano because of possible contamination with Salmonella. The recalled herb is packed in 0.75-oz bottles with a UPC Number of 0-523561-6 and coded BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H. […]

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USDA announces new measures to identify contaminated ground beef

USDA announces new measures to identify contaminated ground beef

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced changes to the procedures for investigating ground beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and other bacterial pathogens. At present, when a ground beef sample tests presumptive positive for E. coli O157:H7, no action is taken until a confirmatory test has been completed, which can take […]

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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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Foster Farms chicken recall – why now?

Foster Farms chicken recall – why now?

I seem to have been writing about an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg associated with Foster Farms raw chicken for a year or more now. That’s probably because that’s how long it has been going on, with 621 people having been affected as of 2 July. The likely source was identified a year ago, but despite […]

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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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Agency publishes first Campylobacter survey results

Agency publishes first Campylobacter survey results

| August 5, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released the first set of quarterly results from a new 12-month survey of Campylobacter on fresh, whole retail chickens and on their packaging. The survey looks at contamination levels on individual birds using a sample taken from the neck flap and at contamination on the outside of packaging […]

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Botulism cases may be linked to recalled sauces

Botulism cases may be linked to recalled sauces

| August 5, 2014

According to US media reports, the Cincinnati Health Department has said that two suspected cases of human botulism in Ohio could be linked to jarred sauces recently recalled by a company in California. The reports state that the two people affected are receiving hospital treatment and one remains on a ventilator in an acute long-term […]

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Agency issues food allergen labelling guidance for SMEs

Agency issues food allergen labelling guidance for SMEs

| August 5, 2014

Following and public consultation, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published new technical guidance aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and designed to help them comply with new EU allergen labelling rules that come into force in December. The new rules require information to be provided on the presence of 14 specific allergens if […]

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