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Scientists say better traceability for beef could enhance safety

Inadequate traceability measures and protections for confidential corporate information complicated and delayed the investigation of a 2016-17 Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef, making it virtually impossible for government to warn the public or suggest a recall. However, analysis of the deadly outbreak also showed the importance of high-tech laboratory advances such as DNA fingerprinting… Continue Reading

Actionable information is foundation of Food Safety Summit

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a… Continue Reading

3,000 cases of fruit-flavored ice pops recalled for Listeria risk

The Ziegenfelder Co. of Wheeling, WV, is recalling about 3,000 cases of ice pops and has temporarily closed a production plant after state inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in the company’s Denver facility. According to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, Ziegenfelder distributed the Popsicle-style frozen treats to retail grocers and distributors in… Continue Reading

‘Lettuce’ count the ways the feds have failed at food safety

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Yes, let us count the ways the federal government has failed to keep us safe from a foodborne illness. First is the current, growing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to precut romaine lettuce. As of April… Continue Reading

Scientist creates faster way to fingerprint foodborne pathogens

University of Georgia food scientist Xiangyu Deng has created a system that can identify subtypes of foodborne pathogens in a fraction of the time taken by traditional methods. Quick detection and pathogen fingerprinting can save lives by helping to identify foodborne illness outbreaks and their victims, thereby making it easier to contain outbreaks. “In outbreaks,… Continue Reading