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Cargill, E. coli Victim Settle Suit

From a Press Release:  Stephanie Smith and Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation announce jointly that they have settled the lawsuit filed by Ms. Smith in December 2009. Ms. Smith, a twenty-two year old former dance instructor from Cold Spring, Minnesota, sued for the severe injuries she suffered as a result of an E. coli O157:H7 infection… Continue Reading

USDA Posts Video of Food Safety Conference

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created video recaps from each day of the USDA and NSF International-hosted 2010 Food Safety Education Conference in Atlanta. Here are the videos, which highlight speeches from Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture; Jerold Mande, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety; Michael Taylor, FDA Associate Commissioner of Foods; and… Continue Reading

Five Minutes with Marler & Raymond

Editor’s Note:  “Jolley: Five Minutes With Bill Marler, Richard Raymond & The New Food Safety” originally appeared at CattleNetwork.com and is reprinted with permission from Chuck Jolley.  On September 29 Richard Raymond used his Meatingplace blog to talk about an important but unnoticed anniversary. It had been one year since he retired from his post… Continue Reading

Genetic Testing

Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) PFGE was developed in 1984 and has since become the gold standard for bacterial subtyping.  PFGE is the primary subtyping method used by PulseNet, a network of public health laboratories that perform PFGE on foodborne disease organisms such as Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Shigella (11), Listeria monocytogenes (7), and Campylobacter jejuni… Continue Reading