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Source of Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe still a mystery

Source of Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe still a mystery

| April 15, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have issued a second update on an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in eleven EU member states. The outbreak has now affected at least 1,315 people since January 2013 and 240 of these have been confirmed as […]

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FDA to allow irradiation of crustaceans

FDA to allow irradiation of crustaceans

| April 15, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionising radiation on crustaceans, including crab, shrimp, prawns and lobster, to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. The amendment has been made in response to a petition from the National Fisheries Institute and follows a […]

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Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak – more cases reported

Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak – more cases reported

| April 15, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update on the investigation into the multistate outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infection linked to Foster Farms brand chicken. CDC reports that the outbreak has now affected at least 524 people since March 2013. Cases have been reported in 25 states, although most […]

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Organic black peppercorns recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

Organic black peppercorns recalled over possible Salmonella contamination

| April 15, 2014

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

| April 15, 2014

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”

| April 3, 2014

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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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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Antibiotic resistance still common in foodborne bacteria

Antibiotic resistance still common in foodborne bacteria

| March 29, 2014

A newly published joint report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that resistance to at least one common antimicrobial drug remains a common feature of bacterial pathogens isolated from humans, animals and food. The European Union Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic […]

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