Tag: Listeria

Campylobacter and Listeria infection rates rising in the EU

Campylobacter and Listeria infection rates rising in the EU

| December 17, 2015

The latest annual report on zoonoses and foodborne disease outbreaks in the EU has revealed that the number of reported cases of human campylobacteriosis and listeriosis both rose significantly in 2014. The summary report, compiled jointly by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is based […]

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Multistate foodborne disease outbreaks especially dangerous

Multistate foodborne disease outbreaks especially dangerous

| November 17, 2015

According to a recently published report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multistate outbreaks in the USA cause more than half of reported foodborne disease-related deaths despite accounting for only 3% of all reported outbreaks. The CDC Vital Signs report states that 91% of multistate outbreaks are caused by Salmonella, Listeria, or […]

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Study identifies Listeria risk in caramel apples

Study identifies Listeria risk in caramel apples

| October 21, 2015

A newly published study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute in the USA has found that Listeria monocytogenes is able to grow on unrefrigerated caramel apples that have had wooden sticks inserted into the apple. The study was carried out in response to a fatal outbreak of listeriosis in 2014 that […]

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US Listeria outbreak linked to soft cheeses

US Listeria outbreak linked to soft cheeses

| September 24, 2015

Public health officials in the USA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection that is thought to be associated with the consumption of certain brands of soft cheese distributed by Karoun Dairies Inc.. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak has affected at least 24 people across nine […]

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Cream recalled over Listeria contamination

Cream recalled over Listeria contamination

| September 7, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that pasteurised double cream produced by Müller Wiseman Dairies is being recalled by the manufacturer and by three supermarket chains because of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in “a limited number of pots.” The recalled cream is sold under the Müller Wiseman brand in 300ml pots with a […]

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Researchers discover how Listeria grows on cold smoked salmon

Researchers discover how Listeria grows on cold smoked salmon

| August 7, 2015

A team of researchers in the USA have discovered that the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes uses different metabolic pathways to grow on refrigerated smoked salmon from those it uses when growing in laboratory culture media. The team, led by Dr Teresa Bergholz, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences at North Dakota […]

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Delay fresh produce harvest after rain to reduce risk

Delay fresh produce harvest after rain to reduce risk

| July 9, 2015

Researchers at Cornell University in the USA have discovered that waiting 24 hours after rain or irrigation before harvesting can reduce the risk of foodborne illness from fresh produce. The researchers looked at the frequency of isolation of Listeria monocytogenes in spinach in fields in New York State and found that the chances of finding […]

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EFSA advises retailers on safe storage temperatures for pre-packed fish

EFSA advises retailers on safe storage temperatures for pre-packed fish

| July 9, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published new scientific and technical assistance on the evaluation of the safe storage temperature that should be applied to pre-packed fishery products at retail. The advice was compiled by a Working Group and based on a literature search and the use of published predictive microbiology growth models. The […]

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Listeria found at apple processing facility implicated in outbreak

Listeria found at apple processing facility implicated in outbreak

| May 29, 2015

Inspector’s observations published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reveal that seven sampling sites at an apple processing facility implicated in a multistate listeriosis outbreak in late 2014 tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The outbreak affected at least 35 people in 12 states in December 2014 and January 2015. Most of those affected […]

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FDA releases Blue Bell Creameries inspection notes

FDA releases Blue Bell Creameries inspection notes

| May 12, 2015

In the wake of recent cases of listeriosis in the USA linked to ice cream manufactured by Blue Bell Creameries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published “inspectional observations” from their most recent inspections at three of the company’s production sites. As of April 20, 2015, a total of ten patients infected with several […]

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