|Canada earns ‘Bovine TB Free’ status again through diligence|
Added: 17.01.2018 0:00 | 0 views | 0 comments
For the first time since 2016 Canada has achieved “TB Free” country status, which it lost after a single animal infected with bovine TB was found on a ranch in southern Alberta. Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic animal disease. The World Organization for Animal Health requires reporting of bovine TB under the Terrestrial Animal Code....
|New DNA technique suggests Salmonella took out the Aztecs|
Added: 16.01.2018 0:02 | 1 views | 0 comments
Research, published Monday in the journal Nature, reports DNA analysis has unmasked Salmonella enterica bacteria as the cause of a 16th century epidemic that affected large parts of Mexico and wiped out an estimated 800,000 people in the Aztec Empire. The study, by Germany’s Max Plankc Institute for the Science of Human History, discovered the introduction of Salmonella in the Americas; which is believed to have been brought to the continent by Europeans. The identification of S. enterica bacteria, which causes typhoid, supports the theory that typhoid fever was...
|French dairy expands baby milk recall to include 83 countries|
Added: 16.01.2018 0:00 | 0 views | 0 comments
Fallout from a Salmonella outbreak traced to baby milk products from Lactalis is raining down on the French dairy company and retailers that continued selling the contaminated recalled products. Friday Lactalis officials expanded the recall to include 83 countries and more than 12 million boxes of infant milk products. It is the second expansion since...
|Australia seeks comments on maximum residue limit changes|
Added: 16.01.2018 0:00 | 0 views | 0 comments
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for comment submissions on a proposal to change maximum residue limits (MRLs) for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals for Australia only. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said some of the proposed changes would align limits in the Food Standards Code with overseas limits, while others have...
|State legislative season underway with food bills on the table|
Added: 15.01.2018 0:00 | 2 views | 0 comments
At least 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, are already open for new legislative business. Most others will join the legislative season by next month. They are essential to food safety if for no other reason than state legislatures provide all or partial funding for many of the nation’s nearly 3,000...
|Briefly: Royal restrictions — Sick leave — Camel urine cocktails|
Added: 12.01.2018 0:01 | 3 views | 0 comments
Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Sick leave shown to control foodborne illnesses There’s growing evidence that paid sick leave can help control...
|How sweet it is? EFSA seeks suggestions on sugar research|
Added: 12.01.2018 0:00 | 2 views | 0 comments
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a...
|Salmonella outbreak in Chile linked to homemade mayo|
Added: 11.01.2018 0:00 | 4 views | 0 comments
A large Salmonella outbreak affecting 174 people in the Bío Bío Region of Chile has been linked to homemade mayonnaise from a local restaurant in the city of Lota. “The Seremi de Salud Bío Bío confirmed 174 cases of salmonella making it the largest outbreak of the last four years nationwide and the largest recorded in the Bío Bío Region,” according to reports from South American media. The restaurant, Dulce y Salado, was closed last week in hopes of halting further illness. However,...
|Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating|
Added: 10.01.2018 23:24 | 4 views | 0 comments
Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public...
|Tick tock goes the outbreak clock — nine weeks and counting|
Added: 10.01.2018 0:04 | 4 views | 0 comments
Consumers, lettuce growers, retailers and restaurants in the United States are still stuck between the romaine and the risk as federal agencies continue to withhold information about a deadly E. coli outbreak. That may change today as some people in the food chain have an inkling the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Centers for...
|Court shuts down large raw milk co-op; advocate done fighting|
Added: 10.01.2018 0:00 | 2 views | 0 comments
The outcome feared by raw milk advocates on both sides of the 48th parallel is now a reality. A judge in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, issued a permanent injunction against Our Farm Our Food Co-op. Justice P.W. Sutherland’s ruling — which restrains any further raw milk production without licenses — applies to all who know of...
|U.S. Rep says CDC is endangering lives; wants outbreak details|
Added: 09.01.2018 0:05 | 2 views | 0 comments
A member of Congress says the CDC’s response to a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is deeply alarming and endangering the public. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, fired off a scathing letter Monday to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeLauro, who has routinely...
|WHO urges development of new drugs for resistant bugs|
Added: 09.01.2018 0:00 | 2 views | 0 comments
A multidrug-resistant type of tuberculosis is at the top of the list of priority pathogens for developing new antibiotics, but at least three foodborne bacteria are also high-priority status. The foodborne pathogens of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Helicobacter pylori are near the top of the list of 20 antimicrobial-resistant bacteria identified by a World Health Organization...
|Briefly: Don’t play chicken — WGS is all that — Explosive trip|
Added: 08.01.2018 0:52 | 3 views | 0 comments
Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. We have the technology Speed and cooperation combined with science can reduce the number of foodborne illnesses...
|Costco stores in Canada recall croissants for plastic|
Added: 08.01.2018 0:00 | 3 views | 0 comments
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling its Kirkland Signature brand all butter croissants from certain Costco stores because they may contain plastic. The company did not provide any details on how the possible contamination was discovered. Consumers should not consume the Kirkland Signature brand “All Butter Croissants,” according to a notice posted Jan. 6 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Some of the...
|New patents to disinfect avocados and other Mexican produce|
Added: 04.01.2018 0:01 | 3 views | 0 comments
A patent registration is pending at the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property for intervention recipes that might successfully disinfect avocados, mangos, strawberries, chilis, tomatoes and coriander. If successful, once the intervention mixes reach the market Mexico would be able to keep much of its fresh produce from landing on the Import Alert list maintained by...
|Consumer Reports warns against eating any romaine lettuce|
Added: 04.01.2018 0:00 | 3 views | 0 comments
Food safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising people in the U.S. and Canada to stop eating romaine lettuce. During the past seven weeks, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from the strain of E. coli O157: H7. One person in each country has died. In the U.S., the infections have been confirmed in...
|Auditors critical of India’s food safety agency; FSSAI fires back|
Added: 04.01.2018 0:00 | 4 views | 0 comments
A report to the Parliament in New Delhi by India’s Comptroller and Auditor General is highly critical of the nation’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Parliament tabled the report on Dec. 19, and now FSSAI is fighting back with a response that insists India’s citizens “can trust the food they get.” The...
|E. coli victim dies in U.S. but feds can’t discuss investigation|
Added: 03.01.2018 0:01 | 3 views | 0 comments
One person in the U.S. has died and two others are gravely ill in an ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but U.S. officials had not made that information public as of Tuesday. A statement from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Dec. 28 reported that 17 people across 13 states...
|Briefly: Wild distress — Burger recall across pond — Lab meat|
Added: 03.01.2018 0:00 | 3 views | 0 comments
Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Wild Ginger restaurant outbreak update Since last week, Seattle & King County public health officials have confirmed nine...