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Ground black pepper recalled over Salmonella risk

Ground black pepper recalled over Salmonella risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Gel Spice Company, Inc., of Bayonne, New Jersey, is voluntarily recalling 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled black pepper is packed in 3.53 oz (100g) plastic jars with ‘Best By’ dates of 6/30/17, 7/01/17, 7/02/17, 7/22/17 and […]

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Multinational hepatitis A outbreak – investigation update

Multinational hepatitis A outbreak – investigation update

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been coordinating a trace-back investigation into a multinational outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) genotype IA infection that has affected more than 1440 people in 12 European countries since January 2013. To date, 331 cases in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the […]

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Elliot Review final report published

Elliot Review final report published

Despite recent reports that publication would be delayed, the UK Government has released the final report of the Elliot Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks, commissioned in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat contamination scandal. The Review, undertaken by Chris Elliot, Professor of Food Safety at Queens University Belfast, is a […]

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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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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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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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European Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to meat

European Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to meat

| September 9, 2014

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

| September 9, 2014

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

| September 2, 2014

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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