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Organic black peppercorns recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

Organic black peppercorns recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling certain products manufactured with organic black peppercorns because of potential Salmonella contamination. The recall covers 14 products sold under the Frontier, Nature’s Place, Meijer, Sprouts, Whole Foods 365 and Simply Organic brands in various sized bulk foil packs, glass […]

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Foreign matter contamination prompts chicken nugget recall

Foreign matter contamination prompts chicken nugget recall

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Tyson Foods Inc., of Sedalia, Missouri, is recalling approximately 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with small pieces of plastic. The recall covers 5-lb bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets – 16142-928″ with a […]

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CDC publishes Salmonella “Atlas”

CDC publishes Salmonella “Atlas”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new report containing 40 years worth of surveillance data on Salmonella collected by state and federal health officials. The Atlas of Salmonella in the United States, 1968-2011 includes data on 32 different Salmonella serovars isolated from people, animals, the environment, animal feed and […]

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Holding back the GMO tide

Holding back the GMO tide

Almost a thousand years ago King Canute had his throne placed on an English beach and commanded the advancing tide to retreat in order to demonstrate to his sycophantic courtiers how ultimately powerless he was in the face of nature. I was strongly reminded of this story when reading about the results of a recent […]

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Behind the headlines – how industry works for better food safety

Behind the headlines – how industry works for better food safety

To judge by some of the negative media coverage that the food industry routinely attracts, one could be forgiven for thinking that all food manufacturers are motivated only by bigger profits at the expense of their customer’s health. The industry is so often portrayed as unprincipled purveyors of unhealthy and unsafe foods to an unsuspecting […]

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Flagging up food safety risks – pick the targets with care

Flagging up food safety risks – pick the targets with care

One of the most serious risks to the safety of the food supply chain is complacency on the part of the food industry and those responsible for its regulation. Daring to believe – even for a moment – that everything is under control is usually the cue for something to go badly wrong. That is […]

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New Research

New technique pasteurises fresh shell eggs

New technique pasteurises fresh shell eggs

Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service facility in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, have developed a new technique designed to destroy Salmonella in fresh shell eggs using the energy from radio waves instead of conventional hot water immersion. The process operates by placing the egg between two RF electrodes and passing radio waves between them. At the […]

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Beer marinade could mean safer barbecues

Beer marinade could mean safer barbecues

Researchers at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal have found that using certain types of beer to marinate samples of pork before grilling resulted in lower levels of potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the meat after cooking. The team marinated pork samples for four hours in Pilsner beer, non-alcoholic Pilsner beer and a […]

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Researchers investigate Listeria outbreak strain genomes

Researchers investigate Listeria outbreak strain genomes

A team of scientists from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have been analysing the genetics of two different strains of Listeria monocytogenes involved in a multinational outbreak of infection linked to a curd cheese. The outbreak, in 2009 and 2010, affected 34 people in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, eight of whom died. […]

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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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FDA orders seafood processor to cease operations

FDA orders seafood processor to cease operations

| April 3, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered smoked fish manufacturer Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc. to stop processing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing any food at its facility following the discovery of Listeria contamination. The action was taken in response to results from microbiological testing of environmental samples taken from the facility during […]

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Russian Salmonella outbreak linked to kebabs

Russian Salmonella outbreak linked to kebabs

| April 3, 2014

According to media reports of a statement by Russian consumer rights watchdog Rosporebnadzor, at least 67 people in the Russian city of Kaliningrad are suffering from suspected Salmonella infection after consuming kebabs purchased from a local food vendor. Three of those affected are reported to have been placed in intensive care and Salmonella has been […]

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Cheese spreads recalled over Listeria risk

Cheese spreads recalled over Listeria risk

| March 29, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that Oscars Smokehouse Inc., of Warrensburg, New York, is recalling certain Cheese Spread varieties because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall includes 11 products packed in 7-oz clear plastic containers marked with three digit lot numbers from 719-959. The recalled spreads were distributed nationwide through […]

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