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Agency suspends Campylobacter retail survey

Agency suspends Campylobacter retail survey

| April 22, 2016

The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that it is suspending its current yearlong survey of Campylobacter on retail chickens because changes in poultry processing have caused problems with the analysis of results from the current test protocol. The problem is that the Agency has been testing for Campylobacter levels by taking samples from the […]

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New diagnostic tests could hamper tracking of foodborne illness

New diagnostic tests could hamper tracking of foodborne illness

| April 22, 2016

According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest diagnostic tests for foodborne illness identify infections more quickly but could make detecting outbreaks more difficult. So-called culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) help doctors diagnose foodborne infections in a matter of hours because they do not depend on traditional […]

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Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry and cherry blend

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry and cherry blend

| April 19, 2016

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A viral infections that has been linked to a frozen fruit product called Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend sold exclusively through Costco warehouses in five provinces. To date, 13 cases associated with the outbreak have been reported in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland […]

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Multi-country E. coli outbreak under investigation in Europe

Multi-country E. coli outbreak under investigation in Europe

| April 8, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have issued a Rapid Outbreak Assessment for a multi-country outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection associated with haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). To date 25 cases associated with the outbreak have been identified and most of those affected […]

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FSMA final rule on sanitary food transportation

FSMA final rule on sanitary food transportation

| April 8, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food has now been made final. The rule is one of seven “foundational rules” proposed to create a modern, risk-based framework for food safety and builds on safeguards envisioned in earlier […]

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Raw milk linked to listeriosis outbreak

Raw milk linked to listeriosis outbreak

| March 23, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with state public health officials to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections that has been linked to unpasteurised milk produced by Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. The outbreak affected two people – one in California and one in Florida – in 2014, […]

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Early findings in Romanian E. coli outbreak published

Early findings in Romanian E. coli outbreak published

| March 18, 2016

Public health agencies in Romania and institutes in other EU countries have published a joint report detailing the early findings of an investigation into an outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) caused by shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in the south of the country. As of 29 February, 15 cases of HUS had been reported […]

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Canned tuna recalled due to possible health risk

Canned tuna recalled due to possible health risk

| March 18, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Bumble Bee Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling three specific UPC codes of canned Chunk Light tuna because of possible under-processing that occurred at a co-packing facility and which could lead to microbial contamination and compromise product safety. The recall covers 31,579 cases of canned tuna […]

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FDA issues acrylamide guidance

FDA issues acrylamide guidance

| March 14, 2016

The US food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published final industry guidance to help growers, manufacturers and foodservice operators reduce levels of the potentially carcinogenic processing contaminant acrylamide in certain foods. The new guidance includes nonbinding recommendations for food businesses to be aware of potential acrylamide concentrations in their products and to consider a range […]

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Pistachios linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

Pistachios linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

| March 10, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state public health officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections associated with consumption of pistachios produced by Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, California. The outbreak has affected at least 11 people in nine states since 12 […]

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