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Listeria risk prompts recall of pan-fried anchovies

Listeria risk prompts recall of pan-fried anchovies

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that HAR Maspeth Corp. of Maspeth, New York, is recalling 2-and 4-ounce packs of Jinga brand “Pan Fried Anchovies” because of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product is sold in clear plastic packs carrying an expiration date of “9/28/2014″ stamped on the top. Distribution was […]

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Frozen, raw, ground chicken products recalled over E. coli O157:H7 risk

Frozen, raw, ground chicken products recalled over E. coli O157:H7 risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a Food Recall Notice relating to frozen, raw, ground chicken sausage and burger products that are being recalled by Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage because of possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. Four different products sold under the Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage brand name and packed between 14 […]

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Report published on Netherlands largest ever Salmonella outbreak

Report published on Netherlands largest ever Salmonella outbreak

A team of scientists from the Netherlands public health and food safety authorities have published a detailed report of an outbreak of Salmonella Thompson infection that affected at least 1,149 people, including four deaths, between August and December 2012. The outbreak was detected when routine Salmonella surveillance showed an increase in the number of cases […]

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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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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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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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Study sheds light on Clostridium botulinum spore germination

Study sheds light on Clostridium botulinum spore germination

A newly published research study by scientists at the UK Institute of Food Research (IFR) has identified part of the mechanism by which the resistant endospores of the dangerous foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum (the cause of botulism) are able to germinate. It is known that spore germination is initiated when certain small molecules (germinants) are […]

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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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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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Risk assessment for Salmonella in melons and tomatoes

Risk assessment for Salmonella in melons and tomatoes

| October 8, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published Scientific Opinions detailing risk assessments for the contamination of melons by Salmonella and contamination of tomatoes by Salmonella and Norovirus. The expert Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) compiled both Opinions and considered epidemiological data and risk factors for contamination throughout the food chain. The Panel also looked […]

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Raw milk recalled over E. coli O157 risk

Raw milk recalled over E. coli O157 risk

| October 8, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice relating to raw cow’s drinking milk supplied by Barton Farm Dairy of Barnstaple, Devon, which may be linked to two cases of E. coli O157 infection. Barton Farm Dairy is recalling all sizes of raw cow’s drinking milk as a precautionary measure and […]

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Canadian consumers warned over contaminated hummus

Canadian consumers warned over contaminated hummus

| September 30, 2014

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a Food Safety Warning advising consumers, retailers and caterers not to use or sell “Peppo’s Foods brand Hommous” because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The contaminated hummus is packed in 1 kg containers labelled with one of 17 different date codes from JL201404-8 to SE201413-7 and […]

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