Foodborne Illness

USDA offers Thanksgiving turkey advice

USDA offers Thanksgiving turkey advice

By Aidan Fortune

To help ensure the 45 million turkeys consumed in the US this Thanksgiving don’t pose a health risk to consumers, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has offered up advice on preparation.

Rapid testing should be followed up with lab tests, said the CDC

Better testing fuels US meat pathogen reports

By Rod Addy

Reported US infections linked to pathogens Yersinia and Shiga toxin-producing E.coli, commonly contaminating meat products, grew in number in 2016, but experts blamed better testing, not more people becoming sick. 

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Four tools to help fight food borne illness & boost food safety efforts

By Elizabeth Crawford

Declaring that public health professionals are “losing the battle” against food borne illness, a former president of the International Association of Food Protection suggests food safety specialists over-rely on training, inspecting and testing and instead...

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A&W vows to learn from outbreak

Final count: More than 900 sick from imported cucumbers

By Joseph James Whitworth

An outbreak of Salmonella from cucumbers which sickened more than 900 people and was first announced in September last year is over, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Around 1.2 million illness are caused by salmonella every year, say the USDA

US toughens food safety regulation for poultry

By Oscar Rousseau

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised new federal food safety regulations to reduce the risk of salmonella and campylobacter in chicken products.

FSIS will begin assessment to the performance standards 90 days after publication in the Federal Register

includes reaction from Safe Food Coalition

USDA targets reduction of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

By Joseph James Whitworth

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) has finalized federal standards that it estimates will prevent an average of 50,000 illnesses annually.

USDA’s Al Almanza: new measures on ground beef are a

US toughens ability to track mince virus outbreak

By Oscar Rousseau

The US department that safeguards the industry and consumers from dangerous foodborne illnesses has launched a protocol to improve virus detection in a bid to protect consumers from future outbreaks.

Almost one third (30%) of all deaths from foodborne diseases are in children under the age of five years, said WHO

WHO: One in 10 hit by foodborne illness each year

By Joseph James Whitworth

Each year as many as 600 million, or almost one in 10 people in the world, fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

bioMérieux Tempo

USDA feels the Tempo for food safety testing

By Joseph James Whitworth

BioMérieux‘s Tempo methodology has been added to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG 3.02).

FDA wants tech ideas to fight foodborne illness. Picture: FDA/Flickr

FDA launches food safety challenge

FDA: We have a lot of answers, but not all of them

By Joseph James Whitworth

The US Food and Drug Administration is asking for potential breakthrough ideas on Salmonella in fresh produce with a total prize pool of $500,000.

Records could be required which identify the source, supplier and names of all the materials used

Extra record proposed for ground beef by USDA

By Georgi Gyton

Makers of raw ground beef products could be forced to keep records in order to further protect consumers, if proposals by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are approved.

It is hoped that the new rule could result in 5,200 less foodborne illnesses a year

FSIS sends proposal to modernise US poultry inspection for review

By Georgi Gyton

A proposed rule to modernise the system for US poultry inspection has been sent from the United Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs...

US Congress members want Salmonella action plan delay

Salmonella action plan ‘should be delayed’

By Joseph James Whitworth

US Congress members have called for a delay in the proposed Salmonella action plan because there is a ‘lack of evidence’ that it will reduce foodborne pathogens.

Salmonella outbreak has been linked to chicken from Foster Farms

Foster Farms plants to stay open, says USDA

By Carina Perkins and Line Elise Svanevik

US health officials have confirmed that three Californian poultry plants linked to a major salmonella outbreak will remain open under close supervision.

Irradiation can help reduce bacterial growth in meat processing

Canadian beef body seeks irradiation approval

By Carina Perkins

Canada’s beef industry is renewing its push for the approval of irradiation in meat processing plants, which it claims could help reduce foodborne illness from ground beef.

US clamps down on poultry hygiene

US clamps down on poultry hygiene

The US is tightening hygiene controls on ground and mechanically-separated poultry in the wake of several salmonella outbreaks linked to these products.

Firm secures US certification for E.coli kit

Firm secures US certification for E.coli kit

By Carina Perkins

A food safety technology company has achieved US certification for its new E.coli testing kit, which allows manufacturers to rapidly test meat samples for the deadly bug.

Canada puts $600k into listeria testing

Canada puts $600k into listeria testing

By Carina Perkins

The Canadian government has announced a $600,000 project to improve testing for the bacteria behind the life-threatening food-borne illness listeriosis.

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