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Beef products recalled over Listeria contamination

Beef products recalled over Listeria contamination

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Kenosha Beef International, of Columbus Ohio, is recalling approximately 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat beefsteak patty product because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled beefsteak patties are fully cooked and were produced on 24 January 2015. They are packed in 35.3-lb boxes labelled […]

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Australian hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries

Australian hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries

An outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in Australia has been linked to frozen berry products distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The outbreak has so far affected at least 14 people in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. According to news reports, more reported cases are expected as […]

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New figures show campylobacteriosis rates now stable in the EU

New figures show campylobacteriosis rates now stable in the EU

The latest joint European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) annual report on zoonoses and food-borne disease outbreaks in the EU shows that the number of human infections caused by Campylobacter remained stable in 2013 after increasing annually for five years. The European Union Summary Report on Trends […]

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Salmonella risk prompts spicy seed mix recall

Salmonella risk prompts spicy seed mix recall

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, California is voluntarily recalling one lot of Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall applies to product with the lot number “Enjoy before May 12, 2015 R2″ and […]

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Raw milk – EFSA wades in

Raw milk – EFSA wades in

What is it about raw milk that rouses such passions? A few minutes spent researching the subject on the Internet soon turns up all manner of individuals and organisations promoting the supposed health, nutritional and taste benefits of drinking milk fresh from the cow, while deriding the pasteurised version as a pale shadow of the […]

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Food safety in 2014 – the good, the bad and the politics

Food safety in 2014 – the good, the bad and the politics

Looking back over the last twelve months it is possible to see several positive developments in the world of food safety. Firstly, the implications of growing levels of food fraud have now been recognised in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat in beef scandal and in the UK this has resulted in the setting up […]

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Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter has been the commonest cause of foodborne disease in the UK for nearly ten years. Yet until quite recently, comparatively few people had ever heard of it. That is changing rapidly as the mainstream media begins to focus much more attention on this rather unusual pathogen. The latest flurry of coverage was generated last […]

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Food safety in a shrinking world

Food safety in a shrinking world

When I read that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had been looking at the risk of Ebola transmission through bushmeat illegally imported into Europe from Africa I was a bit surprised. It seemed such a parochial thing to be doing when the three countries in the grip of the current Ebola outbreak in West […]

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New Research

Study highlights Listeria contamination in retail delis

Study highlights Listeria contamination in retail delis

A recently published research study by food scientists at Purdue University in the USA has found that standard cleaning procedures used in retail delis may not always eradicate Listeria monocytogenes effectively. The study, led by Assistant Professor of food science Haley Oliver, took swabs samples from food contact and non-food contact surfaces in 30 delis […]

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New consortium will harness genomics to advance food safety

New consortium will harness genomics to advance food safety

Scientists from Mars Incorporated and IBM Research in the USA have announced a collaborative food safety initiative, the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, with the aim of using new genomic techniques to understand food safety at a molecular level. The consortium plans to undertake the largest ever metagenomics study of microorganisms in a […]

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Pufferfish toxin detected in European shellfish

Pufferfish toxin detected in European shellfish

Scientists from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the University of Hull in the UK have reported the first ever detection of tetrodotoxins (TTX) in European bivalve shellfish. The researchers tested 29 live shellfish samples (mainly oysters and mussels) harvested from the South coast of England between February 2013 and October 2014. […]

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Nanotechnology helps prevent biofilms

Nanotechnology helps prevent biofilms

A new study by scientists at Cornell University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the USA has developed a process that creates nanoscale pores on a metal surface and can help to prevent bacterial attachment and biofilm formation. The researchers used an electrochemical anodisation process to produce cylindrical nanopores between 15 and 100 nm in […]

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A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

Supply chains have become ever longer and more complex as food production has developed into a truly global industry. The need to monitor the safety of food at every stage means that microbiological testing remains a key weapon in the fight against food contamination and the volume of testing undertaken continues to grow. Today’s laboratories […]

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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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Fresh cheeses recalled over Listeria risk

Fresh cheeses recalled over Listeria risk

| January 28, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Queseria Bendita LLC of Yakima, Washington is recalling all lots of Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson and Cotija fresh soft cheese products and Sour Cream, because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall includes all best by dates of the affected cheese and sour cream products, […]

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New USDA standards to tackle Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

New USDA standards to tackle Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

| January 28, 2015

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published proposals for new federal standards designed to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination in ground chicken and turkey products and raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. FSIS is proposing to apply tough new pathogen reduction performance standards for chicken parts to follow […]

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No health risk from BPA exposure – EFSA

No health risk from BPA exposure – EFSA

| January 21, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity, which concludes that the chemical poses no health risk to consumers in any age group at current exposure levels. BPA is a component of certain plastics and may migrate into foods from food contact materials, especially the […]

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