Foodborne Illness

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.

Cargill recalls ground beef after Salmonella outbreak

Cargill recalls ground beef after Salmonella outbreak

By Carina Perkins

US meat processor Cargill Meat Solutions has been forced to recall nearly 30,000lb of fresh ground beef products after they were linked to a Salmonella outbreak that left 33 people ill.

Lack of funding stalls CDC food safety centers

Lack of funding stalls CDC food safety centers

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Lack of federal funding has stalled the CDC’s establishment of five dedicated Food Safety Centers of Excellence, as required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research...

‘Infodemiology’ on the rise to tackle foodborne illness outbreaks

‘Infodemiology’ on the rise to tackle foodborne illness outbreaks

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Analyzing the distribution, or epidemiology, of foodborne illnesses is a standard tool in controlling outbreaks, but infodemiology – the analysis of information distributed on the internet – could help minimize the impact of outbreaks in the future.

USDA delays controversial E.coli law

USDA delays controversial E.coli law

By Carina Perkins

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that it will delay the implementation of a controversial programme to test beef products for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).

Revised estimate puts foodborne illness cost at about $78bn a year

Revised estimate puts foodborne illness cost at about $78bn a year

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The cost of foodborne illness in the United States is about $77.7bn per year, according to Dr. Robert Scharff, an Ohio State University assistant professor and former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) economist – slashing in half his previous, widely...

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