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Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

| April 27, 2016

A public health agency in South Australia has warned consumers not to eat raw beansprouts after a significant increase in the number of cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infections recorded in the state. SA Health says that it has been notified of 233 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infection since the start of December 2015, with 108 […]

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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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Genome sequencing helps track US food poisoning outbreak

Genome sequencing helps track US food poisoning outbreak

| April 8, 2016

A recently published study led by scientists from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to investigate a strain of Vibrio parahaemolyticus responsible for an outbreak of food poisoning in 2010. The outbreak occurred in Maryland and affected at least two people. The outbreak was soon linked to raw […]

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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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First UK food crime assessment published

First UK food crime assessment published

| March 23, 2016

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the first Food Crime Annual Strategic Assessment (FCASA), examining the scale and nature of the food crime threat to the £200 billion British food and drink industry. The assessment was carried out by the FSA’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) – set up last year in the […]

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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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